Subscribe Now
On Sunday, October 14 at 3 pm, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns to the stunning, seaside Shalin Liu Performance Center to perform an exuberant program of Russian-inspired classics including works by Irish pianist John Field, Mendelssohn, Schumann, violin virtuoso Giovanni Battista Viotti, and Mozart, along with Russian composer, Mikhail Glinka. These divergent composers directly influenced the evolution of classical music in Russia. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) artists for this program are Michael Brown, piano, Gloria Chien, piano, Ida Kavafian, violin, Benjamin Beilman, violin, Paul Neubauer, viola, and David Requiro, cello. CMS is known for the extraordinary quality of its performances, its inspired programming, and for setting the benchmark for chamber music worldwide. Whether at its home in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, on leading stages throughout North America, or at prestigious venues in Europe and Asia, CMS brings together the very best international artists from an ever-expanding roster of more than 150 artists per season, to provide audiences with the kind of exhilarating concert experiences that have led to critics calling CMS “an exploding star in the musical firmament” (Wall Street Journal). Education remains at the heart of CMS’ mission. Demonstrating the belief that the future of chamber music lies in engaging and expanding the audience, CMS has created multi-faceted education and audience development programs to bring chamber music to people from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and levels of musical knowledge. As this venerable institution approaches its 50th anniversary season in 2020, its commitment to artistic excellence and to serving the art of chamber music, in everything that it does, is stronger than ever. A pre-concert talk by Dr. Elizabeth Seitz will be held for ticket holders at 2pm. PROGRAM VIOTTI: Duo in G for Two Violins (1798) MOZART: Andante and Variations in G for piano four hands, K. 501 (1786) GLINKA: Variations on Theme by Mozart (1822) LISZT: Grand Duo for Violin and Piano FIELD: Nocturne for solo piano, No. 2 (1812) MENDELSSOHN: Song(s) without words (1829-1830)-Selections TBD SCHUMANN: Quartet for piano and string in E-flat major, Op. 47 (1842) INDIVIDUAL MUSICIANS Pianist-composer Michael Brown, winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has been described by the New York Times as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.” A native New Yorker, Mr. Brown earned dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School, where he studied with pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald and composers Samuel Adler and Robert Beaser. He is the First Prize winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, a Steinway Artist, and a member of CMS Two. Taiwanese-born pianist Gloria Chien has enjoyed a diverse musical life as a noted performer, concert presenter, and educator. She was selected by the Boston Globe as one of its Superior Pianists of the year, “… who appears to excel in everything.” In 2017, she joined her husband, violinist Soovin Kim, as Co-Artistic Director of the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in Burlington, Vermont. Ms. Chien received her B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music as a student of Russell Sherman and Wha-Kyung Byun. She holds the position of artist-in- residence at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. She is a Steinway Artist. American violinist Benjamin Beilman has won praise for his passionate performances and deep rich tone which the Washington Post called “mightily impressive” and the New York Times described as “muscular with a glint of violence.” Beilman is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a 2012 London Music Masters Award. In 2010, he won First Prize in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, YCA’s Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship, and a People’s Choice Award. Mr. Beilman studied with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago, Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy. Violinist/violist Ida Kavafian is Artistic Director of Music from Angel Fire, the renowned festival in New Mexico. In addition to her solo engagements, she continues to perform with her piano quartet, OPUS ONE, and her most recent ensemble, Trio Valtorna, and was co-founder of Tashi and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. In addition to being on faculty at Curtis Institute, she teaches at The Juilliard School and the Bard College Conservatory. She has performed with the Chamber Music Society since 1972. Violist Paul Neubauer’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing led the New York Times to call him “a master musician.” In 2018 he made his Chicago Symphony subscription debut with conductor Riccardo Muti. He also gave the US premiere of the newly discovered Impromptu for viola and piano by Shostakovich with pianist Wu Han. Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, Mr. Neubauer is also the artistic director of the Mostly Music series in New Jersey and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College. First Prize winner of the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, David Requiro is recognized as one of today’s finest American cellists. After winning First Prize in both the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions, he captured a top prize at the Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan, coupled with the prize for the best performances of works by Cassadó. In 2015 Mr. Requiro joined the faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder as an assistant professor. He has previously served as artist-in- residence at the University of Puget Sound and guest lecturer at the University of Michigan. His teachers have included Milly Rosner, Bonnie Hampton, Mark Churchill, Michel Strauss, and Richard Aaron. Tickets: $39-$55 HD BROADCASTS Thursday, October 4, 7 PM Saturday, October 6, 7 PM Manhattan Short Film Festival The Manhattan Short Film Festival is a unique experience, extending beyond its headquarters in New York City by inviting participating venues worldwide to screen entries and allow audience voting to determine the winner. The festival takes place in 250 cities across 6 continents and includes screening venues in all 50 states of the United States, the first film festival ever to do so. The Final 9 are: Baghead (United Kingdom), Fire in Cardboard City (New Zealand), Home Shopper (USA), Her (Kosovo) Two Strangers Who Meet Five Times (United Kingdom), Someone (Germany), Chuchotage (Hungary), Fauve(Canada), Lacrimosa (Austria). Tickets: $9.75/ $7 Students & Seniors Metropolitan Opera in HD: Aida by Giuseppe Verdi Saturday, October 6, 12:55 PM Soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as her formidable rival Amneris. Aleksandrs Antonenko is the warrior Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti takes the podium for the Met’s monumental production. Tickets: $20-$32 Metropolitan Opera in HD: Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns Saturday, October 20, 12:55PM Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila stars Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the pair was last seen together by HD audiences in the acclaimed 2010 transmission of Bizet’s Carmen. Laurent Naouri co-stars as the High Priest, with Elchin Azizov as the Philistine King Abimélech and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew. Darko Tresnjak, the Tony Award–winning director of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing the first new Met production of the opera in 20 years. Sir Mark Elder conducts. Tickets: $20-$32 Metropolitan Opera in HD: La Fanciulla del West by Giacomo Puccini Saturday, October 27, 12:55PM Pre-opera talk, 12 PM Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, alongside star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw Dick Johnson. Baritone Željko Lučić is the vigilante sheriff Jack Rance, and Marco Armiliato conducts. Tickets: $20-$32 Tuesday, October 30, 7 PM National Theatre of London in HD: Frankenstein Frankenstein returns to international cinemas this Halloween, to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s most famous novel. Captured live in 2011 from the National Theatre stage in London, this thrilling, sold-out production became an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. Directed by Academy Award®-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet, BBC’s Sherlock) as Frankenstein and Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary, Trainspotting) as his creation. Unless otherwise indicated, all concerts and events are held at Rockport Music’s stunning, seaside Shalin Liu Performance Center at 37 Main Street, Rockport, Massachusetts. Subscriptions are available with purchase of four or more concerts and subscribers receive a 10% discount. Please visit their website or call the Box Office at 978-546-7391 for tickets or more details on upcoming concerts.