Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to perform Schubert's Piano Trios at the Quick Center for the Arts


Wu Han

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMSLC) will celebrate the music of Franz Schubert's Piano Trios with a live performance at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m. Featured in the performance will be Wu Han, piano, Philip Setzer, violin, and David Finckel, cello. There will be a pre-concert Art-to-Heart from 7-7:40 p.m. with Michael Lawrence, director of artistic programs at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Tickets are $35. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is an Arts & Minds presentation.

Schubert's Piano Trios are two of the greatest declarations in the piano trio literature. Following in the footsteps of Beethoven's Archduke Trio, these monumental works set a new standard for the genre. The program features Schubert's Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat major, D. 898, Op. 99, and Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, D. 929, Op. 100.

Wu Han, Philip Setzer, and David Finckel enjoy a long history of performing the Schubert Piano Trios together. They have recorded these works on the ArtistLed label, and in the 2009-10 concert season, they performed them on a nationwide tour.

Co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, pianist Wu Han ranks among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. Leading an unusually multifaceted artistic career, she has risen to international prominence through her wide-ranging activities as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, arts administrator, and cultural entrepreneur. In high demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician, Han has appeared at many of the world's most prestigious concert series and venues across the United States and around the world.

Philip SetzerViolinist Philip Setzer, founding member of the Emerson String Quartet, which has received eight Grammy Awards, three Gramophone Awards, and the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, and has performed cycles of the complete Beethoven, Bartók, and Shostakovich string quartets in the world's musical capitals, from New York to Vienna. He is also a professor of violin and chamber music at Stony Brook University and has given master classes around the world. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Setzer began studying violin at the age of five with his parents, both former violinists in the Cleveland Orchestra.

Cellist Finckel's multifaceted career as concert performer, recording artist, educator, arts administrator and cultural entrepreneur places him in the ranks of today's most influential classical musicians. He has been hailed as a "world class soloist" (Denver Post) and "one of the top ten, if not top five, cellists in the world today" (Nordwest Zeitung, Germany). In high demand as a chamber musician, Finckel appears in over one hundred concerts each season in recital with pianist Wu Han and as cellist of the Grammy® Award-winning Emerson String Quartet at the most prestigious venues and concert series across the United States and around the world. His activities as a concerto soloist include performances and recordings of the Dvorak Concerto, John Harbison Concerto, and Augusta Read Thomas's Ritual Incantations.

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Directions: Fairfield University is located off I-95, exit 22 at 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824. Access to the Quick Center for the Arts is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Special Note: From Oct. 4, 2010 through June 30, 2012, the southern end of North Benson Road (Rt. 135) will be closed to traffic on nights and weekends. Round Hill Road intersects with Barlow and provides access to the Quick Center for the Arts.

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Posted on April 29, 2011

Vol. 43, No. 289

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