Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society returns to Saratoga Springs

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The Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced that it would once again partner with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, renewing an annual residency. “CMS at the Meadows,” hosted in the High Tunnel outdoor greenhouse at Pitney Meadows Community Farm, will run twelve performances in 2022, spanning June, July and August. The diverse orchestra will perform masterpieces by Beethoven, Mozart and Dvořák.

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

“One of the highlights of last summer’s lineup was the glorious confluence of breathtaking musical creation in a beautiful natural setting. Thanks to our partners at The Farm, we are excited to return for the 2022 summer season, said PSPC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol.

Led by Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han, Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society will spotlight a wide range of performers and composers. Some CMS guests, like the famous Escher String Quartet, make a welcome return to Saratoga Springs. Others, such as German clarinetist Sebastian Manz, Brazilian oboist Hugo Zouza, Taiwanese-American violist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu and American horn players David Byrd-Marrow and Kevin Rivard, will perform for the first time at SPAC.

A previous CMS performance at the Meadows has an outdoor crowd mesmerized.

In addition to spotlighting both familiar classics and new frontiers, CMS will also continue its intentional efforts to showcase BIPOC’s 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’s going to 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 for all six Chamber Music Society programs (presenting at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. rain or shine) will be available for purchase at sasc.org, beginning December 10 with a presale for SPAC members . The general public will be able to buy tickets from December 17. Find the full summer schedule below:

Sunday June 12 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.: quintets par excellence

ANI KAVAFIAN, Violin

IDA KAVAFIAN, Violin

Paul Neubauer, Alto

STEVEN TENENBOM, Alto

David Finckel, Cello

Mozart: Quintet in G minor for two violins, two violas and cello, K. 516 (1787)

Dvorak: Quintet in E flat major for two violins, two violas and cello, op. 97, “American” (1893)

Sunday June 19 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.: From the Harlem Renaissance to the present day

MSIMELELO MBALI, Lowbaritone

WU QIAN, Piano

STELLA CHEN, Violin

GUILLERMO FIGUEROA, Violin

TIEN-HSIN CINDY WU, Alto

Nicholas Canellakis, Cello

Always: 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 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.: The magic of mixed ensembles

MICHAEL BROWN, Piano

CHAD HOOPES, Violin

KEITH ROBINSON, Cello

TOMMASO LONQUICH, Clarinet

KEVIN RIVARD, Horn

TBA, Alto

Mozart: Quartet in G minor for piano, violin, viola and cello, K. 478 (1785)

Schoenfield: Trio for clarinet, violin and piano (1986)

Dohnanyi: Sextet in C major for clarinet, horn, violin, viola, cello and piano, op. 37 (1935)

Sunday July 17 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.: staggering 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)

French: Shepherd’s Hour for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano (1947)

Poulenc: Sextet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano (1932-39)

Sunday August 14 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.: The Escher Quartet

ESCHER STRING QUARTET

ADAM BARNETT-HART, Violin

BRENDAN SPELTZ, Violin

PIERRE LAPOINTE, Alto

BROOK SPELTZ, Cello

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

Walker: Lyrical for string quartet (1946)

Weber: Langsamer Satz for string quartet (1905)

Dvorak: String Quartet in E flat major, Op. 51 (1878-79)

Sunday August 21 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Archduke of Beethoven

Wu Han, Piano

Arnaud Susmann, Violin

David Finckel, Cello

Beethoven: Trio in C minor for piano, violin and cello, op. 1, no. 3 (1794-1795)

Beethoven: Trio in B flat major for piano, violin and cello, op. 97, “Archduke” (1810-11)

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