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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Announces 45th Anniversary Season

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Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han have announced plans for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's 45th anniversary season. The 2014-2015 Season offers an extraordinarily vibrant palette of diverse and innovative programming performed by a vast and impressive roster comprised of 109 of the world's finest chamber music artists. The season begins on October 15, 2014, and runs through May 15, 2015. Performances take place in Alice Tully Hall, the Rose Studio, and the Kaplan Penthouse.

CMS will present more than 120 concerts in its next season (half in New York City, and half across North America, Europe and Asia), including the debut of the first CMS summer festival residency in its history at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center beginning in August, 2014.

In the 2014-15 season, CMS continues its recently established multi-concert residencies at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey; the Harris Theater in Chicago; the University of Georgia in Athens; Shaker Village in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky; the St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. The European tour schedule includes a return engagement at London's Wigmore Hall in May 2015, with additional dates set through 2020.

Over the past 45 years CMS has shown tremendous growth, continuously expanding its reach and cultural impact. Having begun with a total of twenty-one New York concerts in its first season (1969-70), the number and range of activities has accelerated at a greater pace than ever before under the inspired leadership of David Finckel and Wu Han. Audience demand has contributed significantly to this explosion of activity, with ticket revenue up 50% over the last five years.

CMS Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han commented on the new season: "It is truly a thrill to unveil the product of months of intensely creative thinking, probing research, and artful planning down to the finest details. In watching the growth of this institution - the increased audience subscriptions, the expansion of CMS's residency and touring activity nationally and internationally, the widening reach of our radio series and media presence - we are thrilled to witness the powerful effect that CMS's activities are having on the chamber music world at large."

OPENING NIGHT, OCTOBER 15, 7:30 PM, ALICE TULLY HALL

MOZART PIANO CONCERTOS

The sensational young Italian pianist and former CMS Two Artist Alessio Bax performs two of Mozart's brilliant concertos: K. 414 and K. 449. The program also includes the Duo for Violin and Viola, K. 424, and Flute Quartet, K. 298. Bax will be joined by violinists Bella Hristova and Arnaud Sussmann; violist Paul Neubauer; cellist Sophie Shao; double bassist Kurt Muroki; and flutist Carol Wincenc.

WINTER FESTIVAL: INTIMATE EXPRESSSIONS

This season's Winter Festival, Intimate Expressions, explores some of the overwhelmingly personal masterpieces that epitomize the dialogue, introspection, and musical exchange in chamber music. Four programs will be presented in Alice Tully Hall: February 24, March 8, March 15, and March 20; and two in the Rose Studio: February 26, and March 12. In the February 24 opening program the phenomenal German baritone Christian Gerhaher performs his already legendary interpretation of Schubert's Winterreise, marking the first presentation of this work at CMS since its 1969 inaugural season. [See below for complete festival details.]

A SEASON OF MASTERWORKS & SURPRISES

Among the many carefully-crafted and intriguing offerings are programs of cherished masterworks such as "Brahms the Master," celebrating the Romantic titan's mature glory, and "Romantic Piano Quartets," featuring works by Mahler, Schumann, and Brahms.

The season also includes many unexpected surprises: "Drumming," is a virtuosic feast for eyes and ears celebrating chamber works for percussion (February 3) and a high-spirited evening inspired by Spanish dance features a knock-out line-up of performers including pianist Alessio Bax, violinist Benjamin Beilman, guitarist Jason Vieaux, and the Escher String Quartet (May 15). A fascinating program, "Copland & Stravinsky," unites Igor Stravinsky and Aaron Copland, often called "the American Stravinsky," (April 19). One of the most intellectually probing pianists of our time, Jeremy Denk, performs Beethoven and Ligeti (May 3). Other intriguing pairings include "Fauré & Ysaÿe" (October 26) and "Schubert & Schnittke" (March 20).

THE ART OF THE RECITAL

In its second year, following a sold out inaugural season, The Art of the Recital offers audiences the opportunity to experience this classic concert tradition programmed and performed by master artists in an ideal setting.

Cellist Gary Hoffman, long familiar to CMS audiences, is showcased in one of the three Art of the Recital programs. In 1986, Hoffman became the first North American to win the prestigious Rostropovich Cello Competition in Paris, and he subsequently became a resident of the city. With a nod to his French connections, on January 22, he's joined by pianist David Selig for cello sonatas by three composers: Camille Saint-Saëns, Albéric Magnard, and Léon Boëllmann.

On October 30, French violinist Nicolas Dautricourt, a spectacular recent addition to the CMS Two roster, will present a demanding and eclectic program with pianist-composer Jean-Frédéric Neuburger whose new work for violin and piano will receive its world premiere on the program.

One of the most distinguished artists of our time, pianist Gilbert Kalish, is heard on April 30 in a solo recital featuring composers he has long championed, among them George Crumb, Charles Ives, and Sheila Silver whose work on the program will receive its world premiere.

ANNUAL BAROQUE FESTIVAL, A THREE-PROGRAM SERIES

The Baroque Festival is anchored by cherished performances of Bach's Complete Brandenburg Concertos. Long a New York holiday tradition, these works are reinvigorated annually by a rotating cast of performers. Always sold out, the program will receive a third performance this season.

The Baroque Collection, a program exploring the rich variety of the Baroque chamber music genre, includes works by Albinoni, Telemann, Geminiani and is highlighted by Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.


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