Performance to feature early works of Beethoven.

MADISON, NJ—The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) will begin its seventh season in residence at Drew University on October 20 with a performance of Beethoven’s early works, which catalyzed classical music’s shift from the High Classicism of the 1700s to 19th century Romanticism. “Young Beethoven,” which will feature three of the composer’s oldest masterpieces, will highlight his inventiveness and virtuosity through the masterful artistry of seven celebrated CMS musicians.

The concert will begin with Beethoven’s Trio in G major for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. I, No. 2 (1794-95), which is considered be the composer’s breakout work. Written under the experienced tutelage of Franz Joseph Haydn, the Opus 1 Piano Trios were lauded by European musicians, launching Beethoven into a successful career that would change 19th century music.

CMS artists will also perform the composer’s Serenade in D major for Flute, Violin, and Viola, Op. 25 (1801). While the provenance of this piece remains a mystery still today, history shows that it amazed audiences and embodied characteristics of an earlier musical era, which is why some refer to it as a chronological enigma.

Beethoven’s Quintet in C major for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, Op. 29 (1801), which will close out the October 20 performance, is a revealing transitional work between the Classical conventions of Beethoven’s first-period compositions and the fiery profundity of those that followed. It stands on the brink of the start of the composer’s struggle with hearing loss, which coincided with when he was poised to strike out on a new path that would refigure the face of Western music.

“Young Beethoven” will be presented by seven CMS artists, who are among the most talented chamber musicians in the world, including Anne-Marie McDermott (piano); Cho-Liang Lin (violin); Areta Zhulla (violin); Daniel Phillips (violin); Paul Neubauer (viola); Fred Sherry (cello); and Tara Helen O’Connor (flute).

The 2012-13 season of CMS performances at Drew will be held in the university’s Dorothy Young Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Each concert will begin at 8:00 p.m. General admission to “Young Beethoven” is $55. Three-concert subscriptions are available for $144. To purchase tickets or to subscribe, please visit www.drew.edu/community/the-concert-hall or call the box office at 973.408.3917.

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