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


Image: Chamber Music SocietyThe Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, described by The New York Times as "everything chamber music should be," will return to Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion with music journalist Robert Sherman will take place from 7 to 7:40 p.m.

Featuring a Russian program, the evening's music will include Prokofiev's "Sonata for Two Violins," a modern and emotional sound with movements that are lyrical and dance-like; Arensky's "Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in D Minor," offering dramatic exchanges between strings and piano; and Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence, Sextet for Strings," a rich Russian sound with an opening movement in the form of a bustling waltz.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is made up of 18 artist members who are joined by guest artists throughout the season. Artist members will include: Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; and Gary Hoffman, cello. Guest artists are: Kyoko Takezawa, violin; Naoko Shimizu, viola; Alisa Weilerstein, cello; and Johnathan Biss, piano.

Violinist Kyoko Takezawa, who began studying violin at age 3 and toured the U.S. at age 7, is the winner of the 51st Annual Japan Music Competition and recently received the prestigious Idemitsu Award for outstanding musicianship. She attended the Aspen Music School and later graduated from The Julliard School. An RCA Victor Red Seal recording artist, Ms. Takezawa performs on the "Hammer" Stradivarious violin, dated 1710.

Violinist Cho-Liang Lin, born in Taiwan, began his violin studies at the age of 5 and at 15 he auditioned in New York City to study with Itzhak Perlman's teacher Dorothy DeLay and was immediately admitted to her classes. As one of today's most celebrated violinists, he was honored as "Musical America's" Instumentalist of the Year for 2000. He has performed with every major symphony orchestra and festival in America, Europe and the Far East. Mr. Lin, an Artist Member of the Chamber Music Society since 1995, is also a faculty member of The Julliard School.

Violist Paul Neubauer became an Artist Member in 1989 and in that same year he made his Carnegie Hall debut with the National Orchestra Association. At age 21 he was the youngest principal string player in the history of the New York Philharmonic and, during his six-year tenure with the orchestra, appeared as soloist in more than 20 performances. He is a faculty member at The Juilliard School and director of chamber music at the OK Mozart Festival.

Tickets to the concert are $30, with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. For information or reservations, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396, or visit the website at www.quickcenter.com.

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

Posted on December 12, 2001

Vol. 34, No. 125