Celebrating 66 years of the world's best chamber music in Cleveland!

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

19 April 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

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Richard Strauss: String Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85
Antonin Dvorak: String Sextet in A major, Op. 48
Johannes Brahms: String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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 – the finest hall in the world for chamber music. Through its performance, education, and recording/broadcast activities, it draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind.

CMS presents annual series of concerts and educational events for listeners ranging from connoisseurs to chamber music newcomers of all ages. Performing repertoire from over three centuries, and numerous premieres by living composers, CMS offers programs curated to provide listeners a comprehensive perspective on the art of chamber music. The performing artists of CMS, a multi-generational and international selection of expert chamber musicians, constitute an evolving repertory company capable of presenting chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period. Its annual activities include a full season of concerts and events, national and international tours, nationally televised broadcasts on Live From Lincoln Center, a radio show broadcast internationally, and regular appearances on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

In 2004, CMS appointed cellist David Finckel (cellist for 34 years for the Emerson String Quartet) and pianist Wu Han artistic directors. They succeed founding director Charles Wadsworth (1969-89), Fred Sherry (1989-93), and David Shifrin (1993-2004). In 2012 they were named Musical America’s Musicians of the Year.

Dedicated to developing the chamber music leaders of the future, CMS created CMS Two, the highly regarded and rigorously competitive three-season residency for the most important chamber music ensembles and individuals, that fully integrates CMS Two artists into every facet of CMS activities. The CMS Two program is the galvanizing springboard for so many of the greatest careers in chamber music, and is without doubt the key to the vibrant future of CMS and chamber music. As a clear sign of its success, more than half of the artist roster at CMS this season is comprised of alumni, current and incoming members of CMS Two. These are the artists whose passion and artistry will transport audiences for the next 60 years, whose tremendous talent will bring the inspiration and humanity of our beloved chamber music art form to people around the world.

There is no other program remotely on the level of CMS Two for chamber musicians, nothing which guarantees its young artists the best possible career-building performance opportunities: the stage of Alice Tully Hall; global touring opportunities; individualized mentorship throughout the residency and beyond; and a powerful network of renowned chamber musicians and presenters around the world. Each year, a number of CMS Two alumni are invited to become CMS Season Artists and Guest Artists, and many of the world’s leading artists, such as pianist Lang Lang, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, violinist Hilary Hahn, and many others are alumni of the program. A Season Artist with CMS since he completed the program in 2011-12, CMS Two alumnus cellist Nicholas Canellakis wrote: “There isn't a single musical organization in the country that helps young musicians like the Chamber Music Society does with its CMS Two program.”



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