CERRITOS, CA – The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) performs at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on Friday, March 7, 8:00 PM. The nation’s premier repertory company for chamber music, CMS performs Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds; Jean Françaix – Divertissement for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon; Francis Poulenc –Trio for Piano, Oboe, and Bassoon; and Ludwig Von Beethoven – Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, Op. 16. Tickets are now on sale at the CCPA Ticket Office, by calling (562) 467-8818, or at
. Ticket prices range from $38-$20.
The CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER is one of 12 constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. Along with other constituents such as the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera, the CMS’ home base is Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center. Through its performance, education, and recording activities, it draws more people to Chamber music than any other organization of its kind.
As plans for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts were in the final stages in 1965, the distinguished American composer and president of Lincoln Center, William Schuman, conceived of an organization dedicated to performing the finest chamber music. This association, to be housed in its own specially designed recital hall, would take its place among the finest Ballet, Symphonic, and Opera companies at Lincoln Center. Pianist Charles Wadsworth became the center’s artistic director. Under the inspiring leadership of patron Alice Tully, the plan was brought to fruition. On September 11, 1969, Alice Tully Hall opened with CMS’ first performance, beginning a new era for chamber music in the United States. In 2004, CMS appointed cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han as artistic directors. They succeeded founding director Wadsworth (1969-1989), Fred Sherry (1989-1993), and David Shifrin (1993-2004). CMS’ annual activities include a full season of concerts and activities, national and international tours, nationally televised broadcasts on Live From Lincoln Center, and regular appearances on National Public Radio’s Performance Today.
Besides its ability to regularly program a variety of chamber works, CMS’ achievements include innovative projects such as collaborations with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and Jazz at Lincoln Center; thematic “series within a series,” such as two “Musical Evolutions” examinations; and the highly successful “Great Day in New York,” which brought together New York composers in all musical genres for a festival in collaboration with Merkin Concert Hall.
CMS’ discography ranges from Johann Sebastian Bach to Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and includes critically acclaimed recordings of Antonin Dvořák, Beethoven, and William Walton. Fi Magazine named CMS’s recording of Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concertos “one of the best recordings of the year” in 1996. The ensemble’s recent releases include Felix Mendelssohn – Sextet, Op. 110 & Octet, Op. 20 and the Grammy-nominated The Complete Chamber Music of Claude Debussy, both on the Delos label.
Tickets are now on sale for CMS at the CCPA. For tickets or more information, call the CCPA Ticket Office at (562) 467-8818 or go to
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