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Virtual Chamber Music This Winter with SCMC

St. Cecilia Music Center is proud to announce the 2021 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Virtual Series. Beginning in January and running through April, SCMC will offer four additional CMS concerts free of charge to the community.

While still unable to gather audiences in person at this time due to COVID-19, SCMC remains committed to bringing patrons great music into the safety of their own home. Having received enthusiastic and positive feedback on their fall series, SCMC is pleased to continue this offering into the new year.

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 these beloved concertos!

The performances listed below are free and can be viewed exclusively on SCMC’s website. Availability for all concerts begins at 7:00pm on the scheduled date and remain available for one week following the air date.

Thursday, January 7 @ 7PM
THE BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS

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)

Thursday, February 11 @ 7PM
Featured Artist: Gloria Chien, piano

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

Thursday, March 18 @ 7PM
Featured Artist: Paul Neubauer, viola

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

Thursday, April 1 @ 7PM
Featured Artist: Ani Kavafian, violin

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

Since 1883, St. Cecilia Music Center has promoted the appreciation, study and performance of music in order to enrich the human spirit and enhance the quality of life for the residents of West Michigan.