St. Cecilia Music Center Launches Ticket Sales for its 140th Anniversary Concert Season

 St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) kicks off its 140th Anniversary 2023/2024 Season offering individual and season tickets to the public for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) and Spectacular Jazz Series concerts. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series will feature three world-class concerts on November 9, 2023,  March 7 and April 18, 2024. Spectacular Jazz Series concerts begin on October 21, 2023 followed by two additional concerts in 2024 on January 18 and March 26. Both series are now available as single tickets or through series subscriptions which offer a 15-20% discount on single ticket prices.

St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) will also present GRAMMY® Award-winning internationally renowned Rhiannon Giddens to open SCMC’s 140-year Anniversary Season. Tickets for the opening Rhiannon GiddensFolk Series concert are now on sale and selling quickly!

Executive & Artistic Director of SCMC Cathy Holbrook says, “We are so excited to launch our 140th Season featuring dozens of world renowned artists. GRAMMY® Award-winning internationally-renowned folk musician Rhiannon Giddens will kick off the new season on September 19th,

followed by three exquisite performances by Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and three Spectacular Jazz Series performances featuring singer Madeleine Peyroux; “The Blue Note 85th Anniversary Tour” created by Blue Note Records to celebrate their 85th Anniversary; and GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz vocal sensation Samara Joy. Many more Acoustic Café Folk Series Concerts will also be announced starting in July 2023 and throughout the new season!”

  • SCMC and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will continue its 12-year partnership beginning this fall. Esteemed artists of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will perform on three concerts titled: Trios Transformed on November 9, 2023, Instrumental Array on March 7, 2024, and String Magic on April 18, 2024.
  • Artists in SCMC’s 2023/2024 Spectacular Jazz Series will include the coveted BBC International Artist of the Year, whose soundtrack was featured in the Oscar winning film The Shape of Water,singer Madeleine Peyroux on October 21, 2023; “The Blue Note 85th Anniversary Tour” featuring The Blue Note Quintet on January 18, 2024; and 23-year old multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Samara Joy on March 26, 2024.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series 2022-2023.

The profound Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will perform three outstanding concerts during the 2023-2024 season: 

November 9, 2023 – “Trios Transformed”  

Trios Transformed will feature Co-Artistic Directors of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Pianist Wu Han and Cellist David Finckel along with Violinist Arnaud Sussman on this opening concert for the CMS series. This concert will highlight the composer Joseph Haydn, well known for his 104 symphonies and 68 string quartets, with his inspiring piano trios that will delight listeners as they hear and watch these three ultra-talented artists perform. The audience will be able to hear the direct effects of Haydn’s genius on Beethoven, as well, as these three outstanding CMS musicians tackle a four-work juxtaposition of seminal trios by both composers.

March 7, 2024 – “Instrumental Array”

In a celebration of instrumental odd couples, three duo teams from CMS of Lincoln Center will highlight the extremes of possibility for their ensembles. Maurice Duruflé’s post-Romantic trio augments the duo format, and all will join for the concluding Septet in D minor for Flute, Oboe, Horn, Viola, Cello, Bass and Piano, Op.74 (c. 1816) composed by virtuoso pianist Johann Hummel, who was a pupil of Mozart and Haydn and was admired by Beethoven. This concert will feature CMS artists Juho Pohjonen, piano; Paul Neubauer, voila; Nick Canellakis, cello; Nina Bernat, double bass; Sooyun Kim, flute; James Austin Smith, oboe; Radovan Vlatkovic, horn.

April 18, 2024 – “String Magic”

The deeply human voices of violins, violas, and cellos have inspired much of the greatest music ever composed. From Beethoven’s earliest all-string work to Francaix’s effervescent trio, this program offers a rich feast of string sonorities from the 18th century to the modern age. Strings Magic will feature CMS violinists Chad Hoopes and Bella Hristova; violists Matthew Lipman and Timothy Ridout; and cellist Sihao He.

Spectacular Jazz Series 2022-2023

Three exciting concerts are planned for the 140th Anniversary Spectacular Jazz Series in the 2023-24 season:

October 21, 2023 – Madeleine Peyroux 

Thirty years after her formative busking days, Madeleine Peyroux is the proud curator of nine beguiling albums and is an accomplished performer with sold-out world-wide tours. Her atmospheric version of Serge Gainsborough’s La Javanaise was used in the soundtrack of the Oscar winning film, The Shape of Water, and her countless accolades include the coveted BBC International Artist of the Year honor. This year, 2023, finds this prolific musician continuing her world tour featuring her newest release Careless Love Deluxe Anniversary Edition (2021).

January 18, 2024 – The Blue Note 85th Anniversary Tour

Blue Note Records is celebrating their 85th Anniversary with a U.S. Tour starring The Blue Note Quintet, a group brought together to honor the label’s rich history and pave the way for the eclectic artists of today’s roster. Six-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee, Gerald Clayton leads the band as its Musical Director and Pianist. “Gerald Clayton is one of the most accomplished, distinctive and innovative pianists performing today,” says Don Was, The Blue Note label’s president since 2012. Rounding out the quintet is vibraphonist Joel Ross, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, drummer Kendrick Scott, and bassist Matt Brewer.

March 26, 2024 – Samara Joy

With her GRAMMY® Award-winning and chart-topping album, Linger Awhile, 23-year-old Samara Joy makes her case to join the likes of Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday as the next jazz singing sensation. The New York Times praised the “silky-voiced rising star” for “helping jazz take a youthful turn,” while NPR All Things Considered named her a “classic jazz singer from a new generation.” In February 2023, Samara Joy took home two GRAMMY® Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album and the auspicious distinction of Best New Artist!


Season subscription tickets and individual tickets for the 2023-2024 Spectacular Jazz Series, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series, and the opening concert with GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Rhiannon Giddens are now available online at or by calling 616-459-2224. Detailed information for all concerts can be viewed at

**Ticket prices: There is a $7 fee on each subscription ticket. Single tickets have a $4.00 per ticket fee. All concerts start at 7:30pm.  


  • By subscribing to either the Chamber or Jazz Series (three concerts), you receive 15% off the single ticket price
  • Subscriptions are not offered for the Folk Series, however as a subscriber, you will have the benefit of purchasing tickets to these concerts first prior to the public sale. (Folk Series Concerts will be announced in July 2023 and throughout the season as these concerts are booked.
  • Subscribers have the benefit of choosing their seats and are guaranteed those seats for the season.

 Subscription Tickets are available online at or by calling 616-459-2224. Contact the Box Office Manager at or 616-459-2224 x201 for questions.