Chamber Music Society Presents 45th Season Opening Night Strings Celebration, 10/17
The 45th season of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center begins with a thrilling display of music for strings on Thursday, October 17, at 7:30 PM in Alice Tully Hall. This marks the 9th season with Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han, whose enormous success producing and presenting chamber music in New York City, nationally and internationally, has resulted in record-breaking audiences, and a new 7-year contract for them to continue their artistic leadership.
This celebratory opening night event ushers in what David Finckel and Wu Han promise will be "a season packed with great music, performed by extraordinary artists in programs designed to intrigue and delight our diverse and evolving audience of chamber music enthusiasts."
The opening night program, chosen as a season highlight by the New York Times, who stated that CMS will "open its season in luxurious fashion" with this "varied and attractive program," features Mendelssohn's stately Sinfonia No. 13 in C minor; Tchaikovsky's lush Serenade in C major, Op. 48; and Bartók's folk-infused Divertimento, BB 118. The seventeen performers, drawn from a large international and intergenerational roster, include longstanding CMS Artists: violinists Cho-Liang Lin, Ida Kavafian, cellist Steven Tenenbom, and double bassist Kurt Muroki; current CMS Two Artists: violinists Nicolas Dautricourt, Sean Lee, Areta Zhulla; and cellist Mihai Marica; former CMS Two Artists: violinists Kristin Lee, Yura Lee, Arnaud Sussmann; violist Richard O'Neill; cellist Nicholas Canellakis; and Escher String Quartet members violinist Aaron Boyd, violist Pierre Lapointe, and cellistDane Johansen; and guest artist violist Hsin-Yun Huang.
Mendelssohn's Sinfonia No. 13 in C minor (1823) is among the impressive works from the composer's prodigious youth. The one-movement piece evinces a thorough absorption of Bach's florid contrapuntal idiom, and is a recreation of the 18th century French overture, with the stately movement, snapping rhythms and austere mood of the opening succeeded by the driving pace, tightly packed fugal textures and cumulative energy of the closing section.