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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Concert Entitled “Essential String Trios” to Open the 2017-2018 Chamber Music Series at St. Cecilia Music Center

St. Cecilia Music Center will feature the outstanding Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in a concert on November 2 featuring co-artistic director and cellist David Finckel, with violinist Arnaud Sussman and violist Paul Neubauer. The program entitled “Essential String Trios” will include the works of Beethoven, Mozart and Penderecki.

SCMC Executive Director Cathy Holbrook says, “We are excited to embark on our sixth season with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is comprised of the finest chamber musicians in the world. Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han choose the most amazing programs for this series and send us dynamic performers. If you haven’t attended one of these performances you should come to hear vibrant music in one of the finest concert halls in the world – The Royce Auditorium at St. Cecilia Music Center.”

Concert tickets are $38 and $43 and can be purchased by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224 or visiting the box office at 24 Ransom Ave. NE. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.scmc-online.org.  A pre-concert wine / hors d’oeuvres event for $15 will be available to all ticket holders starting at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a pre-concert talk with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center artists in the Royce Auditorium to discuss the music selection for the evening and any other questions that pertain to the artists themselves. A post-concert party is open to all ticket-holders giving the audience the opportunity to meet the artists and obtain signed CDs of their releasesSeason tickets for the Chamber Music Society Series are still available and include a $15 discount off of single ticket prices for the three concerts to be held on November 2January 18 and April 19 by calling 616-459-2224 or visiting St. Cecilia Music Center at 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, 49503.

More about the November 2 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center concert

“Essential String Trios”:

The string trio—violin, viola, and cello—is the chamber music connoisseur’s delight. In the hands of master composers (and virtuoso performers) the string trio offers a peak listening adventure of stunning variety, engrossing dialogue, and transparent beauty. The November 2nd program includes:

Beethoven     Trio in G Major for Violin, Viola and Cello, Op. 9, No. 1

Penderecki    Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello

Mozart           Divertimento in E-flat Major for Violin, Viola and Cello, K. 563

Additional 2018 performances by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center this season:

Additional Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performances at St. Cecilia Music Center will take place on January 18 and April 19. The January 18 program will feature co-artistic director and pianist Wu Han, pianist Michael Brown, violinists Chad Hoopes and Paul Huang, violist Matthew Lipman and cellist Dmirtri Atapine performing the works of Brahms and Dvořák. The April 19performance includes pianist Gilles Vonsattel, violinists Ida Kavafian and Erin Keefe, violist Yura Lee, cellist Nicholas Canellakis and clarinetist Tommaso Lonquich performing Mozart, Weber and Brahms.

Artist Bios for November 2 Concert

David Finckel

Co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, cellist David Finckel was named Musical America’s 2012 Musician of the Year, one of the highest honors granted to musicians from the music industry in the US.

He leads a multifaceted career as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, administrator, and cultural entrepreneur that places him in the ranks of today’s most influential classical musicians. He has been hailed as “one of the top ten, if not top five, cellists in the world today” (Nordwest Zeitung, Germany). As a chamber musician, he appears extensively with duo partner pianist Wu Han and in a piano trio alongside violinist Philip Setzer. David Finckel served as cellist of the nine-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet for 34 seasons. Along with Wu Han, he is the founder and artistic director of Music@Menlo, Silicon Valley’s acclaimed chamber music festival and institute, artistic director for Chamber Music Today in Korea, and in 2013, inaugurated a chamber music workshop at Aspen Music Festival and School. Under the auspices of the CMS, David Finckel and Wu Han lead the LG Chamber Music School. The first American student of Rostropovich, David Finckel serves on the faculty at The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University. Piano Quartets, a 2015 Deutsche Grammophon release recorded live at Alice Tully Hall, features David Finckel, Wu Han, Daniel Hope, and Paul Neubauer performing the piano quartets of Brahms, Schumann, and Mahler. 

Arnaud Sussman – Violinist

“Sussmann has an old-school sound reminiscent of what you’ll hear on vintage recordings by Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler, a rare combination of sweet and smooth that can hypnotize a listener.” – Minnesota’s Pioneer Press

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura, and profound musicianship. A thrilling young musician capturing the attention of classical critics and audiences around the world, he has appeared on tour in Israel and in concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Dresden Music Festival in Germany, and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. He has been presented in recital in Omaha on the Tuesday Musical Club series, New Orleans by the Friends of Music, Tel Aviv at the Museum of Art, and at the Louvre Museum in Paris. He has also given concerts at the OK Mozart, Moritzburg, Caramoor, Music@Menlo, La Jolla SummerFest, Mainly Mozart, Seattle Chamber Music, Bridgehampton, and the Moab Music festivals. Mr. Sussmann has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Gary Hoffman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Wu Han, David Finckel, Jan Vogler, and members of the Emerson String Quartet. A former member of Chamber Music Society Two, he regularly appears with CMS in New York and on tour, including performances at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Paul Neubauer

Violist Paul Neubauer’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing led the New York Times to call him “a master musician.”

This season he will appear in recital and with orchestras in the US and Asia including his Chicago Symphony subscription debut with Riccardo Muti performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Robert Chen. His recording of the Aaron Kernis Viola Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, a work he premiered with the St. Paul Chamber, Los Angeles Chamber, and Idyllwild Arts orchestras and the Chautauqua Symphony, will be released on Signum Records. Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber, and Beethovenhalle orchestras. A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded on numerous labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal, and Sony Classical, and in 2016 he released a solo album of music recorded at Music@Menlo. Mr. Neubauer was recently appointed artistic director of the Mostly Music series in New Jersey and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College. 

Tickets to SCMC Concerts – Season 2017 / 2018

Season subscription tickets to the 2017-18 Jazz Series and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Concert Series are now available at special rates by calling 616-459-2224 or visiting St. Cecilia Music Center at 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, 49503. Single tickets to chamber, jazz, and Acoustic Café concerts are also on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 616-459-2224 or online at www.scmc-online.org. For each concert, a post-concert party is open to all ticket-holders giving the audience the opportunity to meet the artists and obtain signed CDs of their releases There will also be pre-concert receptions for the CMS of Lincoln Center concerts and the Jazz Series concerts featuring wine and hors d’oeuvres for $15 per person. 

Series Subscribers are offered with great benefits including:

  • 15-20% discount off single ticket prices
  • Reserved parking on concert nights (subject to availability)
  • 60% off pre-concert receptions ticket price ($20 pp for three receptions in a series, holding a value of $15 per person/per concert) CMS and Jazz performances only

Ticket prices: All ticket prices include service fees and are the same no matter the purchase point. No additional fees will be added. All concerts start at 7:30pm. All concerts include a post-concert party for concert ticket holders.

SUBSCRIPTION TICKETS

Chamber Music Society Series

3-concert subscription

15% discount off single ticket prices

A Sec. Subscription $110

A Sec. Subscription with Pre-Concert Reception $130

B Sec. Subscription $97

B Sec. Subscription with Pre-Concert Reception $117

Spectacular Jazz Series – The “Encore Season”

4-concert subscription

15% discount off single ticket prices

A Sec. Subscription $150

A Sec. Subscription with Pre-Concert Reception $177

B Sec. Subscription $133

B Sec. Subscription with Pre-Concert Reception $160

Chamber Music Society AND Jazz Subscription package

20% discount off single ticket prices

7-concert combination series 

A Sec. Subscription $260

A Sec. Subscription with Pre-Concert Reception $292

B Sec. Subscription $230

B Sec. Subscription with Pre-Concert Reception $263

SINGLE TICKETS

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Single tickets 

All concerts – November 2, 2017January 18, 2018April 19, 2018

A section $43

B section $38

Jazz Series Single tickets 

Christian McBride – November 16, 2017

A section $43

B section $38

Brad Mehldau Trio – November 30, 2017

A section $43

B section $38

Gregory Porter – February 22, 2018

A section $45

B section $40

Kurt Elling – March 22, 2018

A section $45

B section $40

Acoustic Café single tickets 

Leo Kottke – October 26, 2017

A section $40

B section $35

Judy Collins – February 1, 2018

A section $45

B section $55