UNCSA continues performance partnership with renowned Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Music continues its partnership with the Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Center with a program titled “Essential String Trios.” Musicians from the renowned performance group will present a concert of Mozart, Beethoven and Krzysztof Penderecki on Saturday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Watson Hall on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St. in Winston-Salem.

Tickets for the concert are $25 regular and $20 student (with valid ID) and can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 336-721-1945.

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This visit continues a partnership between UNCSA’s Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Officially announced in February 2015, the Institute is a unique graduate program dedicated to the development of outstanding chamber musicians. It brings CMS artists to UNCSA for concerts and master classes at least twice a year. Chrysalis Institute students also have the opportunity to participate in CMS master classes at Lincoln Center.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the Chamber Music Society back for another season of high-quality concerts,” says Brian Cole, Dean of the School of Music. “Our area has the unique opportunity to hear musicians normally found on international stages perform right here in Winston-Salem. The tickets are affordable; the venue is intimate. What more can a city of arts and innovation ask for in a concert?”

Our area has the unique opportunity to hear musicians normally found on international stages perform right here in Winston-Salem. The tickets are affordable; the venue is intimate. What more can a city of arts and innovation ask for in a concert?

Music Dean Brian Cole

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is known for the extraordinary quality of its performances, its inspired programming and for setting the benchmark for chamber music worldwide: No other chamber music organization does more to promote, to educate and to foster a love of and appreciation for the art form. 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).

The touring ensemble features Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; and David Finckel, cello, performing Beethoven’s “Trio in G major for Violin, Viola, and Cello,” Penderecki’s “Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello,” and Mozart’s “Divertimento in E-flat major for Violin, Viola, and Cello.”

About David Finckel

David Finckel

Co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, cellist David Finckel is a recipient of Musical America’s Musician of the Year Award, one of the highest music industry honors in the U.S. His multifaceted career as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, administrator and cultural entrepreneur places him in the ranks of today’s most influential classical musicians. He appears extensively with CMS, as a recitalist with pianist Wu Han and in piano trios with violinist Philip Setzer. Along with Wu Han, he is the founder and artistic director of Music@Menlo, Silicon Valley’s acclaimed chamber music festival and institute; co-founder and artistic director of Chamber Music Today in Korea; and co-founder and artistic director of the Chamber Music Workshop at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Under the auspices of CMS, Finckel and Wu Han also lead the LG Chamber Music School in South Korea.

Finckel is the co-creator of ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and internet-based recording company, whose 19-album catalog has won widespread critical praise as it approaches its 20-year anniversary. The latest release features the Dvořák Cello Concerto and a work written for him by Augusta Read Thomas. “Piano Quartets,” a Deutsche Grammophon release recorded live at Alice Tully Hall, features Finckel, Wu Han, violinist Daniel Hope and violist Paul Neubauer.

Finckel served as cellist of the nine-time Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet for 34 seasons. The first American student of Rostropovich, he is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Stony Brook University.

About Paul Neubauer

Paul Neubauer

Violist Paul Neubauers exceptional musicality and effortless playing led the New York Times to call him “a master musician.” This season he will appear in recital and with orchestras in the U.S. and Asia including his Chicago Symphony subscription debut with Riccardo Muti performing Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” with violinist Robert Chen. His recording of the Aaron Kernis Viola Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, a work he premiered with the St. Paul Chamber, Los Angeles Chamber and Idyllwild Arts orchestras and the Chautauqua Symphony, will be released on Signum Records.

Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as a soloist with more than 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles and Helsinki philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber and Beethovenhalle orchestras. He has premiered viola concertos by Bartók (revised version of Viola Concerto), Friedman, Glière, Jacob, Kernis, Lazarof, Müller-Siemens, Ott, Penderecki, Picker, Suter and Tower and has been featured on CBS “Sunday Morning,” “A Prairie Home Companion,” and in Strad, Strings, and People magazines. A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded on numerous labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal and Sony Classical, and in 2016 he released a solo album of music recorded at Music@Menlo. Neubauer was recently appointed artistic director of the Mostly Music series in New Jersey and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College.

About Arnaud Sussmann

Arnaud Sussman

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura and profound musicianship. Minnesota’s Pioneer Press writes, “Sussmann has an old-school sound reminiscent of what you'll hear on vintage recordings by Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler, a rare combination of sweet and smooth that can hypnotize a listener.”

A thrilling young musician capturing the attention of classical critics and audiences around the world, he has appeared on tour in Israel and in concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Dresden Music Festival in Germany and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. He has been presented in recital in Omaha on the Tuesday Musical Club series, New Orleans by the Friends of Music, Tel Aviv at the Museum of Art and at the Louvre Museum in Paris. He has also given concerts at the OK Mozart, Moritzburg, Caramoor, Music@Menlo, La Jolla SummerFest, Mainly Mozart, Seattle Chamber Music, Bridgehampton and the Moab Music festivals.

Sussmann has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Gary Hoffman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Wu Han, David Finckel, Jan Vogler and members of the Emerson String Quartet. A former member of Chamber Music Society Two, he regularly appears with CMS in New York and on tour, including performances at London’s Wigmore Hall.

by Kali Blevins

October 20, 2017