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St. Cecilia Music Center Announces Cancellation of January through March 2021 live concerts. New Virtual Concerts Announced for January through April

St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) announced today that previously scheduled in-person live concerts for January through March 2021 have been cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, in lieu of these in-person concerts, St. Cecilia Music Center is pleased to announce eight virtual concerts that will take place from January through April 2021 with more additions on the way.

Cancelled Live In-Person Concerts at SCMC

In-person concerts planned for early 2021 at St. Cecilia Music Center have been cancelled due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. The January through March 2021 cancelled shows include: Joshua Redmond– January 21; Shawn Colvin– January 22; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center – Magical Schubert– January 28; Leo Kottke– February 18; Winterfest with Christian McBride– February 25 – 27 – All Shows; Kat Edmonson– March 4; and Rodney Crowell– March 18.

Many of these artists who were to appear in person have now been rescheduled for St. Cecilia Music Center’s 2021 / 2022 Presenting Series. Concerts planned for SCMC’s 2021/2022 Season will be announced in late Spring 2021.

All ticket holders for the cancelled concerts will receive individual emails to opt for a full refund, gift cards for future concerts or making a tax-deductible donation. For additional questions about cancelled concert tickets, contact SCMC Box Office Manager Kelly Herremans at Kelly@scmc-online.org.

Upcoming Virtual Concerts at St. Cecilia Music Center

In lieu of live concerts in the first quarter of 2021 St. Cecilia Music Center is pleased to announce eight virtual concerts that will take place from January through April 2021. 

Cathy Holbrook, Executive & Artistic Director of SCMCsays, “St. Cecilia Music Center is committed to our audience in helping to “Keep Music Alive” in West Michigan. While we are still unable to gather audiences in person at this time due to COVID-19, we remain committed to bringing our patrons great music into the safety of their own home.We’re so excited and fortunate to announce eight new virtual concerts within the first four months of 2021 – and we have many in the planning stages so stay tuned! All these great musicians who are working with us on these virtual concerts are delighted to present their music through St. Cecilia Music Center. Most of them have performed here before and know our venue intimately. We truly appreciate everyone’s support as we strive to keep these wonderful events available for all to experience.”

Newly announced virtual concerts include: 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Virtual Concerts

  • The Brandenburg Concertos – January 7, 2021
  • Mendelson, Liszt & Field featuring Pianist Gloria Chien – February 11, 2021
  • Schumann, Shostakovich & More featuring Violist Paul Neubauer – March 18, 2021
  • CMS Brahms & Dvorák featuring Violinist Ani Kavafian – April 1, 2021

 All CMS virtual concerts are free to view on the SCMC website beginning the date they air and for seven days after.

Folk Series Concerts

  • Mariza Sings Amália– Live Streamed – January 29, 2021 – Tickets $40 with 48-hour viewing
  • Judy Collins– Live Streamed – February 12, 2021- Tickets $40 with 48-hour viewing
  • Kat Edmonson– March 4, 2021 – Free on SCMC Facebook and YouTube Channel

Jazz Virtual Concerts

  • Christian McBride & Edgar Meyer– February 25, 2021 – Tickets $15

The great Jazz Pianist Bob James will also perform this Thursday, December 17 in a free virtual holiday concert from his family home in Traverse City, Michigan.

For tickets and more about these nine upcoming virtual concerts offered by SCMC for home viewing, see scmc-online.org/virtual/.

Cathy Holbrook states, “We will continue our partnership with Martha’s Vineyard in offering a wine and cheese snack pack that is available for purchase for all free concerts. These great packages will be delivered to your home the day of, or one day prior to the concert. All proceeds from the purchase of the Martha’s Vineyard wine snack packs benefit SCMC thanks to the generosity of Kameel at Martha’s Vineyard. All wine and snack package details are included at scmc-online.org/virtual/.

The proceeds for each concert, whether it’s through purchased tickets or Martha’s Vineyard Wine/Snack Packages, will help provide needed support to SCMC during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Artists Performing SCMC Virtual Concerts

Mariza Sings Amelia– January 29, 2021

Vocalist Mariza will pay tribute to Amália Rodrigues in a concert that will be filmed in Lisbon, Portugal and then aired exclusively by The Town Hall for this January 29, 2021 broadcast. These two Fado* artists, the late Amália Rodrigues and Mariza, who has now become the ambassador of Portugal’s music in the 21st century, have a lot in common. Mariza has taken the step of recording an entire album of Amália classics to commemorate her own 20th year of her musical career, as well as celebrate the 100th anniversary of Amália’s birth. The album entitled Mariza Sings Amália (on Nonesuch/Warner Bros Records), features ten Amália standards reinvented for the 21st century and will be released a few days before the January 29 concert streaming date.

*Fado music is a form of Portuguese singing that is often associated with pubs, cafés, and restaurants. It originated in Portugal around the 1820s, although it is thought to have much earlier origins. Fado is renowned for its expressive and profoundly melancholic character.

Judy Collins – February 12, 2021

The great Judy Collins will film her show onstage at The Town Hall in a live streamed broadcast event on February 12, 2021. For this concert event, Judy Collins will recreate her legendary 1964 New York City concert hall debut – which took place at The Town Hall almost 60 years ago. Collins says, “What a time that was 1964. I was very nervous since my record company decided to record this concert and put it out as an album. I had just been to a Bob Dylan concert, heard the Lonesome Death of Hattie Carol, and knew I had to record it. It was such a tumultuous time in the world. The Vietnam war was rolling along, breaking into thunder and lightning and anxiety and pain. People were burning their draft board cards, trying to get to Canada and facing up to going to Vietnam where many of them would die.”

“Making this album and concert at The Town Hall – my very first solo appearance at one of the great concert stages in New York – was a relief and joyous event. It feels right to go back to the material and time period now with the knowledge and life lessons learned in 2020,” said Collins.This concert that Collins will be performing at The Town Hall will be recorded for a new vinyl album.

Christian McBride & Edgar Meyer – February 25, 2021

The six-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride is called a “force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman.” With a career now blazing into its third decade, the Philadelphia native has become one of the most requested, most recorded, and most respected figures in the music world today. From jazz (McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny) to R&B (Isaac Hayes, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, and the one and only Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown) to pop/rock (Sting, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon) to hip-hop/neo-soul (The Roots, Queen Latifah) to classical  (Kathleen Battle, Edgar Meyer, Shanghai Quartet), he is a luminary with one hand ever reaching for new heights, and the other extended in fellowship—and perhaps the hint of a challenge—inviting us to join him.

Avery Fisher Prize winning bassist Edgar Meyer is in demand as both a performer and a composer. He has formed a role in the music world unlike any other. Hailed by The New Yorker as “…the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively un-chronicled history of his instrument”, Meyer’s unparalleled technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition have brought him to the fore, where he is appreciated by a vast, varied audience. His uniqueness in the field was recognized by a MacArthur Award in 2002. In 2007, recognizing his wide-ranging recording achievements, Sony/BMG released a compilation of The Best of Edgar Meyer. In 2011, Meyer joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and fiddler Stuart Duncan for the Sony Masterworks recording The Goat Rodeo Sessionswhich was awarded the 2012 GRAMMY®Award for Best Folk Album. As a composer, Meyer has carved out a remarkable and unique niche in the musical world. One of his most recent compositions is the Double Concerto for Double Bass and Violinwhich received its world premiere July 2012 with Joshua Bell at the Tanglewood Music Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Meyer and Bell have also performed the work at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Aspen Music Festival, and with the Nashville and Toronto symphony orchestras. In the 2011-12 season, Meyer was composer in residence with the Alabama Symphony where he premiered his third concerto for double bass and orchestra. Meyer has collaborated with Béla Fleck and Zakir Hussain to write a triple concerto for double bass, banjo, and tabla, which was commissioned for the opening of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

Kate Edmonson – March 4, 2021

The sweetheart of vintage pop and jazz, Texas native, Kat Edmonsonbegan crafting her signature sound while performing in Austin’s local club circuit for years before releasing her debut LP Take To The Skyin 2009. She went on to tour worldwide with high profile acts including Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak, Gary Clark Jr., Shawn Colvin, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Nick Lowe and more. With a sweetly mellifluous soprano echoing Blossom Dearie’s lighter-than-air approach, as well as, her gift for evocative songwriting, Kat Edmonson is a rare artist who embodies the spirit of the past while remaining resolutely au courant.  Her unusually charming and seamless blend of old and new has garnered attention on “NPR Tiny Desk Concerts”, “Austin City Limits”, and “A Prairie Home Companion.” She recently released Dreamers Do, an album that blends original compositions and reimagined mid-20thcentury classic Disney songs to tell a story which takes place over the course of one sleepless night. NPR Musicrecently stated that hernewest album is “a handsome showcase for her songwriting, which has grown ever more confident over the last decade,” while the Associated Press says the record “sounds like an alternate soundtrack to an Audrey Hepburn film.” Dreamers Dofollows the release of her 2018 Old Fashioned Gal, which Billboardcalls “an intimate journey from doubt to resolve and implied triumph.” This stream is free of charge and can be viewed from scmc-online.org and is available for one week following the air date.

 

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

SCMC brings you four virtual concerts from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 2021. 

The Chamber Music Society has thousands of professionally recorded archived performances. Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han have put together wonderful programs that feature an artist on each piece in each program. A pre-concert artist profile and a post-concert Q&A with the artist, led by David and Wu Han, make these concert offerings unique and personal.

Each concert features a particular artist, but many favorite and familiar CMS musicians perform alongside them in these varied programs, including pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel. The one exception to the “featured artist” format is the Brandenburg Concertos program in January. This has a multitude of fabulous CMS musicians performing the beloved Brandenburg concertos! These four concerts can be streamed free of charge and can be viewed from scmc-online.org and is available for one week following the air date.

CMS – The Brandenburg Concertos – January 7, 2021

Program:

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046 (1720)

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 (1720)

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (1720)

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 (1720)

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 (1720)

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051 (1720)

Artists:

PAOLO BORDIGNON, Harpsichord

JOHN GIBBONS, Harpsichord

HYEYEON PARK, Piano/Harpsichord

KENNETH WEISS, Harpsichord

BENJAMIN BEILMAN, Violin

AARON BOYD, Violin

FRANCISCO FULLANA, Violin

CHAD HOOPES, Violin

BELLA HRISTOVA, Violin

PAUL HUANG, Violin

ANI KAVAFIAN, Violin

SEAN LEE, Violin

YURA LEE, Violin

CHO-LIANG LIN, Violin

ALEXANDER SITKOVETSKY, Violin

DANBI UM, Violin

DANIEL PHILLIPS, Violin/Viola

CHE-YEN CHEN, Viola

LAWRENCE DUTTON, Viola

MARK HOLLOWAY, Viola

MATTHEW LIPMAN, Viola

PAUL NEUBAUER, Viola

RICHARD O’NEILL, Viola

DMITRI ATAPINE, Cello

COLIN CARR, Cello

TIMOTHY EDDY, Cello

JAKOB KORANYI, Cello

MIHAI MARICA, Cello

KEITH ROBINSON, Cello

INBAL SEGEV, Cello

PAUL WATKINS, Cello

TIMOTHY COBB, Double Bass

JOSEPH CONYERS, Double Bass

XAVIER FOLEY, Double Bass

ANTHONY MANZO, Double Bass

SCOTT PINGEL, Double Bass

SOOYUN KIM, Flute

DEMARRE MCGILL, Flute

TARA HELEN O’CONNOR, Flute

RANDALL ELLIS, Oboe

JAMES AUSTIN SMITH, Oboe

STEPHEN TAYLOR, Oboe

MARC GOLDBERG, Bassoon

PETER KOLKAY, Bassoon

JULIE LANDSMAN, Horn

JENNIFER MONTONE, Horn

DAVID WASHBURN, Trumpet

CMS – Mendelssohn, Liszt & Field, featured artist Gloria Chien, piano – February 11, 2021

Program:

Field: Nocturne No. 2 in C minor for Piano
Gloria Chien, piano

Liszt: Grand duo concertant sur la romance de ‘Le Marin’ for Violin and Piano
Gloria Chien, piano

Benjamin Beilman, violin

Mendelssohn: Quartet in C minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 1
Gloria Chien, piano

Sean Lee, violin

Richard O’Neill, viola

Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello

Gloria Chien

Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has a diverse musical life as a noted performer, concert presenter, and educator. She was selected by the Boston Globe as one of its Superior Pianists of the year. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 16 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard, and performed again with the BSO with Keith Lockhart. In recent seasons, she has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at Alice Tully Hall, the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the Kissinger Sommer festival, the Dresden Chamber Music Festival, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. She performs frequently with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is an alum of CMS’s Bowers Program. In 2009 she launched String Theory, a chamber music series at the Hunter Museum of American Art in downtown Chattanooga that has become one of Tennessee’s premier classical music presenters. The following year she was appointed Director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Music@Menlo festival, a post she held for the next decade. In 2017, she joined her husband, violinist Soovin Kim, as Co-Artistic Director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. The duo serves as the new Artistic Directors at Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR. Ms. Chien received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She is an artist-in-residence at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee and is a Steinway Artist.

CMS – Shumann, Shostakovich and More – featured artist Paul Neubauer, viola – March 18, 2021

Program:

Schumann: Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 132
Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet

Paul Neubauer, viola

Inon Barnatan, piano

Dale: “Romance” from Suite for Viola and Piano
Paul Neubauer, viola; Gloria Chien, piano

Turina: Escena andaluza for Viola, String Quartet, and Piano, Op. 7
Paul Neubauer, viola

Ida Kavafian, Daniel Phillips, violin

Richard O’Neill, viola

Paul Watkins, cello

Alessio Bax, piano

Kreisler: Liebeslied for Three Violins, Viola, and Cello
Sean Lee, Benjamin Beilman, Danbi Um, violin

Paul Neubauer, viola

David Finckel, cello

Shostakovich: Impromptu for Viola and Piano
Paul Neubauer, viola

Wu Han, piano

Boulanger: American Vision for Viola and Piano Trio
Paul Neubauer, viola

Gilles Vonsattel, piano

Arnaud Sussmann, violin

Paul Watkins, cello

Paul Neubauer

“a master musician” – New York Times

Violist Paul Neubauer has been called a “master musician” by the New York Times. He recently made his Chicago Symphony subscription debut with conductor Riccardo Muti and his Mariinsky Orchestra debut with conductor Valery Gergiev. He also gave the US premiere of the newly discovered Impromptu for viola and piano by Shostakovich with pianist Wu Han. In addition, his recording of the Aaron Kernis Viola Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia was released on Signum Records and his recording of the complete viola/piano music by Ernest Bloch with pianist Margo Garrett was released on Delos. 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. He has premiered viola concertos by Bartók (revised version of the Viola Concerto), Friedman, Glière, Jacob, Kernis, Lazarof, Müller-Siemens, Ott, Penderecki, Picker, Suter, and Tower and has been featured on CBS’s Sunday Morning, A Prairie Home Companion, and in Strad, Strings, and People magazines. A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded on numerous labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal, and Sony Classical and is a member of SPA, a trio with soprano Susanna Phillips and pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. Mr. Neubauer is the artistic director of the Mostly Music series in New Jersey and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College.

CMS – Brahms, Babajanian & Dvorák – featured artist Ani Kavafian, violin – April 1, 2021

Program:

Brahms: Scherzo, WoO 2, from “F-A-E” Sonata for Violin and Piano
Ani Kavafian, violin

Alessio Bax, piano

Babajanian: Trio in F-sharp minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello
Gloria Chien, piano

Ani Kavafian, violin

Mihai Marica, cello

Dvorák: Trio in F minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 65
Orion Weiss, piano

Ani Kavafian, violin

Carter Brey, cello

Ani Kavafian

Violinist Ani Kavafian enjoys a prolific career as a soloist, chamber musician, and professor. She has performed with many of America’s leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony. In the 2019-20 season, she continues her longtime association as an artist of the Chamber Music Society with appearances in New York and on tour. Last summer she participated in several music festivals including the Heifetz International Institute and the Sarasota Chamber Music, Bridgehampton, Meadowmount, Norfolk, and Angel Fire festivals. She and her sister, violinist and violist Ida Kavafian, have performed with the symphonies of Detroit, Colorado, Tucson, San Antonio, and Cincinnati, and have recorded the music of Mozart and Sarasate on the Nonesuch label. She is a Full Professor at Yale University and has appeared at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall numerous times with colleagues and students from Yale. She has received an Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Young Concert Artists International Auditions award, and has appeared at the White House on three occasions. Her recordings can be heard on the Nonesuch, RCA, Columbia, Arabesque, and Delos labels. Born in Istanbul of Armenian heritage, Ms. Kavafian studied violin in the US with Ara Zerounian and Mischa Mischakoff. She received her master’s degree from The Juilliard School under Ivan Galamian. She plays the 1736 Muir McKenzie Stradivarius violin.

St. Cecilia Music Center’s mission is to promote the study, appreciation and  performance of music in order to enrich the lives of West Michigan residents. The Center fulfills this mission by presenting visiting world-class artists in concert, providing music education for all ages through our School of Music and preserving a historic building for musical activities and community events