LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER: Odyssey Chamber Music Society In Greece



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On this episode, join the extraordinary musicians of Chamber music society on a remarkable journey through iconic locations as they perform iconic works at places such as the Ancient Amphitheater of Larissa, the historic Taxiarchon Church in Pelion and more.

Led by its artistic directors, David Finckel and Wu Han, the artists embark on this multifaceted and visually striking musical journey to the country where so many classical arts were first developed.

The heart of the adventure is the unique intimacy of chamber music performances in extraordinary venues, while highlighting the Greek cultural influences that still resonate in our language, arts, philosophy and civic life.

Their contemporary odyssey culminates in the cosmopolitan center of Athens, where they perform at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, designed by famous architect Renzo Piano.

Courtesy of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation – Yorgis Yerolymbos

Cultural Center of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Their travels also take them to the remote hills of Pelion, where Jason is said to have embarked with the Argonauts, and where additional concerts are given in the picturesque and intimate spaces of the 18th century Church of Taxiarchon in Milies; the church of Saint Constantine and Helena, in Volos; and the magnificent Amphitheater nestled in the heart of the bustling town of Larissa.

Holy Monastery of Varlaam, Greece.

Courtesy of Jenni Klauder / Lincoln Center

Holy Monastery of Varlaam, Greece.

Pelion is located on a mountainous, tree-covered peninsula that faces the sea on both sides. Scattered across the mountain sides are ancient villages that have retained their unique character and architecture over the centuries.

Fittingly, the trip ends with a visit to Delphi, the sacred precinct of Apollo, the god of music, poetry, light, and healing.

The Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece.

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The Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece.

True to its educational mission of fostering excellence in the art of chamber music, the Chamber Music Society has given masterclasses to local music students who have also attended its concerts.

Aaron Boyd and Paul Neubauer perform at the Church of Saints Constantine and Helen.  Greece.

Courtesy of Jenni Klauder / Lincoln Center

Aaron Boyd and Paul Neubauer perform at the Church of Saints Constantine and Helen. Greece.

The Chamber Music Society is represented by a superb contingent of musicians, including mezzo-sopranos Emily D’Angelo; pianist Wu Han; violinists Aaron Boyd, Sean lee, Arnaud Sussmann, and Danbi Um; violists Matthieu lipman and Paul Neubauer; cellists Dmitri Atapine and David Finckel; and flautist Tara Helen O’Connor.

Tara Helen O'Connor at Larissa's First Ancient Theater.  Greece.

Courtesy of Jenni Klauder / Lincoln Center

Tara Helen O’Connor at Larissa’s First Ancient Theater. Greece.

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