The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.


The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Wu Han and David Finckel. Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is one of eleven constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. Along with other constituents such as the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society has its home at Lincoln Center, in Alice Tully Hall. Through its performance, education, and recording/broadcast activities, it draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind.

The partnership of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Drew University is happy to bring seasonal concerts to the Concert Hall. CMS has been a residency partner with Drew since the 2006-2007 season with the help and friendship of co-Artistic Directors, Wu Han and David Finckel.

Read About How the CMS residency at Drew came to be.

Our 2019-2020 Season

Pre-concert conversation with CMS artists at 7:15 PM

Immortal Schubert

There are few works in all of music which command the awe and affection of Schubert’s Cello Quintet. Written at a feverish pace as the 31-year-old composer neared death, the quintet’s mesmerizing transcendence has made it an essential listening ritual for music lovers. Inspired by Schubert’s immortal creation, Bruce Adolphe offers a deeply-felt cello quintet, preceded by the first of six landmark string quintets by Mozart.

Arnaud Sussmann, violin
Sean Lee, violin
Matthew Lipman, viola
Mark Holloway, viola
Clive Greensmith, cello
David Requiro, cello

Mozart Quintet for two violins, two violas and cello K. 174 (1773)
Adolphe Are there not a thousand forms of sorrow for two violins, viola,
and two cellos (2017)
Schubert Quintet for two violins, viola, and two cellos, D. 956, Op. 163 (1828)

Pre-concert conversation with CMS artists at 7:15 PM

Piano and Winds

The Hungarian György Ligeti was one of the 20th century’s greatest musical innovators. His effervescent Six Bagatelles for wind quintet connected the music of his great influence, Bartók, to the language of the future. This outstanding collection of internationally-renowned wind players, joined by pianist Michael Brown, offers wind ensemble classics of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

Michael Brown, piano
Tara Helen O’Connor, flute
Stephen Taylor, oboe
Sebastian Manz, clarinet
Peter Kolkay, bassoon
Radovan Vlatković, horn

ReichaQuintet for Winds in D major, Op. 91, No. 3 (1818)
Barber Summer Music for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn, Op. 31 (1955)
Ligeti Six Bagatelles for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn (1953)
Mozart Quintet in E-flat major for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, and piano K. 452 (1784)
Françaix L'heure du berger for flute, oboe, clarinet, basson, horn, and piano (1947)

Pre-concert conversation with CMS artists at 7:15 PM


“I saw a mighty angel descend from heaven, clad in mist.” So begins Olivier Messiaen’s introduction to this work, composed and premiered in a prisoner of war camp, which transcends its medium to become one of music’s most powerful, life-changing experiences. Brahms in his most introspective mood, and Stravinsky nodding to the Classical style, lead to Messiaen’s mesmerizing, mystical depiction of the apocalypse, amid bird calls, the sound of seven trumpets, and a final, hypnotic affirmation of immortality.  

Wu Qian, piano
Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin
Mihai Marica, cello
Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet

Brahms Sonata in F minor for clarinet and piano, Op. 120 (1894)
Stravinsky Suite italienne for violin and piano (1932)
Messiaen Quatuor pour le fin du temps for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (1941)