Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to Return To Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced they will again partner with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, renewing an annual residency. “CMS at the Meadows,” hosted at Pitney Meadows Community Farm open-air High Tunnel greenhouse, will present twelve performances in 2022, spanning June, July, and August. The diverse orchestra will take on masterworks by the likes of Beethoven, Mozart, and Dvořák. 

‘CMS at the Meadows’ at Pitney Meadows Community Farm.

“One of the highlights of this past summer’s programming was the glorious confluence of stunning music-making in a magnificent natural setting. Thanks to our partners at The Farm, we are excited to be going back there for the summer 2022 season,” said SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol. 

Led by artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will highlight a diverse array of performers and composers. Some CMS guests, like the acclaimed Escher String Quartet, make a welcome return to Saratoga Springs. Others, like German clarinetist Sebastian Manz, Brazilian oboist Hugo Zouza, Taiwanese-American violist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, and American hornists David Byrd-Marrow and Kevin Rivard, will appear at SPAC for the first time ever. 

A previous performance of CMS at the Meadows holds an open-air crowd mesmerized.

In addition to highlighting both familiar classics and new frontiers, CMS will also continue their intentional efforts to highlight BIPOC music and musicians. A special Juneteenth concert will see acclaimed BIPOC composers Jessie Montgomery, Florence Price, and William Grant Still make their SPAC debuts. 

“It will be an exciting summer, and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it,” Finckel and Wu Han shared in a statement. 

The Hill Tunnel at Pitney Meadows Community Farm.

Tickets to all six Chamber Music Society programs (performed at 3 pm and 6 pm rain or shine) will be available for purchase at spac.org, beginning on December 10th with a presale for SPAC members. The general public will be able to purchase tickets starting December 17th. See the full summer schedule below: 

Sunday, June 12 @ 3PM & 7PM: Quintessential Quintets

ANI KAVAFIAN, Violin

IDA KAVAFIAN, Violin

PAUL NEUBAUER, Viola

STEVEN TENENBOM, Viola

DAVID FINCKEL, Cello

Mozart: Quintet in G minor for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, K. 516 (1787)

Dvořák: Quintet in E-flat major for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, Op. 97, “American” (1893)

Sunday, June 19 @ 3PM & 7PM: From the Harlem Renaissance to Today  

MSIMELELO MBALI, Bassbaritone

WU QIAN, Piano

STELLA CHEN, Violin

GUILLERMO FIGUEROA, Violin

TIEN-HSIN CINDY WU, Viola

NICHOLAS CANELLAKIS, Cello

Still: Suite for Violin and Piano (1943)

Montgomery: Duo for Violin and Cello (2015)

Price: Quintet in A minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello

Additional vocal works TBA

Sunday, July 10 @ 3PM & 7PM: The Magic of Mixed Ensembles

MICHAEL BROWN, Piano

CHAD HOOPES, Violin

KEITH ROBINSON, Cello

TOMMASO LONQUICH, Clarinet

KEVIN RIVARD, Horn

TBA, Viola

Mozart: Quartet in G minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, K. 478 (1785)

Schoenfield: Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano (1986)

Dohnányi: Sextet in C major for Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano, Op. 37 (1935)

Sunday, July 17 @ 3PM & 7PM: Astounding Winds

JUHO POHJONEN, Piano

ADAM WALKER, Flute

HUGO SOUZA, Oboe

SEBASTIAN MANZ, Clarinet

MARC GOLDBERG, Bassoon

DAVID BYRD-MARROW, Horn

Reicha: Quintet in E minor for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn, Op. 88, No. 1 (1811-17)

Beethoven: Quintet in E-flat major for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano, Op. 16 (1796)

Françaix: L’heure du berger for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano (1947)

Poulenc: Sextet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano (1932-39)

Sunday, August 14 @ 3PM & 7PM: The Escher Quartet

ESCHER STRING QUARTET

ADAM BARNETT-HART, Violin

BRENDAN SPELTZ, Violin

PIERRE LAPOINTE, Viola

BROOK SPELTZ, Cello

Haydn: Quartet in B-flat major for Strings, Hob. III:78, Op. 76, No. 4, “Sunrise” (1797)

Walker: Lyric for String Quartet (1946)

Webern: Langsamer Satz for String Quartet (1905)

Dvořák: Quartet in E-flat major for Strings, Op. 51 (1878-79)

Sunday, August 21 @ 3PM & 7PM: Beethoven’s Archduke

WU HAN, Piano

ARNAUD SUSSMANN, Violin

DAVID FINCKEL, Cello

Beethoven: Trio in C minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 1, No. 3 (1794-95)

Beethoven: Trio in B-flat major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 97, “Archduke” (1810-11)

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