Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns to Fairfield University's Quick Center


Image: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln CenterThe Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will return to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts for their ninth season on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m., in the first of a three-concert series.

The following artists will perform: David Shifrin, artistic director, on clarinet; Ani Kavafian and Daniel Phillips, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Timothy Eddy, cello; and Anne-Marie McDermott on piano.

The program opens with the Mozart "Piano Quartet in G Minor." Alfred Einstein called the G minor tonality in which the Quartet is cast Mozart's "key of fate," because the wild command that opens the first movement, unisono, stamps the whole movement with its character, remains threateningly in the background and ultimately brings the movement to its inexorable close.

Second is Aaron Copeland's "Sextet for String Quartet, Clarinet and Piano." The Sextet was adapted from Copeland's "Short Symphony," with almost no musical changes and has since come to be admired as one of his consummate compositions.

Closing out the program is Brahms' Clarinet Quintet. The Quintet's mood is expressive and autumnal, with several hints of bittersweet nostalgia, a quality to which the darkly limpid sonority of the clarinet is perfectly suited.

Cited by The New York Times as "Everything Chamber Music Should Be," the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) debuted in 1969 in Alice Tully Hall. CMS sustains a reputation as the premier chamber music organization in the country and remains committed to performing a diverse and constantly evolving repertoire with the highest standards of ensemble playing. In keeping with its mandate to reach a broad audience, CMS presents concerts nationwide and abroad. Its resident core of 20 distinguished musicians are virtuosi in their own right.

Bruce Adolphe, educational director for the society, will conduct a pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30. Subscriptions for the three-concert series are $72. Discounts are available for seniors, students and groups. For more information call (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 20, 2000

Vol. 33, No. 64