Coming in March: Anne-Marie McDermott Performing Mozart and Smetana

Gloria ChienMarch 20 - 26, 2021 Anne-Marie McDermott, piano. Mozart (arr. Czerny) Concerto in D minor for Piano, Flute, and Strings, K. 466; Smetana Trio in G minor, Op. 15. McDermott has performed extensively around the world. Most recently, she has toured with the Chamber Music Society, as a member of the piano quartet OPUS ONE, with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and as part of a trio with her sisters Kerry and Maureen McDermott. Ms. McDermott studied at the Manhattan School of Music, has been awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and won the Young Concert Artists auditions.

April 10-16, 2021 Virtuoso Violins featuring: Orion Weiss, piano; Wu Han, piano; Francisco Fullana, violin; Paul Huang, violin; Sean Lee, violin; Danbi Um, violin; Matthew Lipman, viola and Clive Greensmith, cello. They will preform Telemann: Concerto in D major for Four Violins. Strauss: Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 18. And Fauré: Quartet No. 1 in C minor for Piano & Strings, Op. 15

May 1-7, 2021 Paul Neubauer, viola. Schumann: “Fairy Tales” for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 132. Dale: “Romance” from Suite for Viola and Piano Turina: Escenaandaluza for Viola, String Quartet, and Piano, Op. 7. Kreisler: Liebesleid for Three Violins, Viola, and Cello. Shostakovich: Impromptu for Viola and Piano. And Boulanger: American Vision for Viola and Piano Trio.

May 22-28, 2021 Calidore Quartet. Mendelssohn: String Quartet in F minor, Op. 80. Dvorák: Quintet in G major for Two Violins, Viola, Cello, and Bass, Op. 77

Donations to Friends Of Music Concerts make these performances possible. They have allowed us to provide financial support to classical musicians during this pandemic when their income has been so severely limited. We have planned a regular schedule of virtual events, licensed from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, through May 2021. In Fall, we plan to return to live concerts. Details about each concert will be posted to our Facebook page and by email as the day of the concerts draw near. Be sure to sign up for our emails or follow us on Facebook if you are not on our list.

Earlier Performances by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The following performances were presented earlier this Fall. While the concerts have ended their run, you can view the informative program notes about the musicians and the works they performed by clicking on the links below. On these pages we share streaming YouTube performances by different musicians for your enjoyment.

Our February virtual performance featured Gloria Chien on piano with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She performs John Field's Nocturne No. 2 in C minor for Piano; Franz Liszt's Grand duo concertant sur la romance de ‘Le Marin’ for Violin and Piano, and Felix Mendelssohn's Quartet in C minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Opus no. 1. This streaming performance ended its run but you can listen to a YouTube performance of Gloria Chien performing Meldelssohn and read the program notes of the February performance at this page.

In January, 2021, we featured Gilbert Kalish on piano with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in a program of Brahms, Crumb and Schubert. This limited engagement has ended but we are sharing YouTube videos of performances by other artists for these pieces on this page.

Our end-of-year celebration featured a concert from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center featuring Arnaud Sussmann performing Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and Chausson's Concerto in D major for Violin, Piano and String Quartet. This performance has ended its limited engagment but you will still be able to listen to recordings of Arnaud Sussmann performing those compositions with different ensembles: click here for the concert page.

For our annual fund-raiser, we featured a masterpiece of chamber music, Brahms Quartet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 25 performed by Wu Han, piano, David Finckel, cello, Arnaud Sussmann, violin and Paul Neubauer, viola.

This streaming performance has ended its limited run but you can still read the Program Notes with insight into the Brahms composition and enjoy a recording of the Faure Quartet performing the piece at this page.

Sat. Nov 7 to Wednesday. Nov. 11: David Shifrin (clarinet) featured artist. Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581; Bassi Concert Fantasia on Verdi's Rigoletto (cl & pf);  Ellington Clarinet Lament (cl & pf). This program has concluded it's run but the program notes and links to other performances by David Shifrin are still available at this link.

Sat. Oct 10 - Oct 14.: Alessio Bax & Lucille Chung featured artist. Mozart Concerto in E-flat major for Piano and String Quintet, K. 449;  Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. This run has concluded but the Program Notes and links to other recordings by the featured artist are still available.

Sat. Oct 24 - 28: Cho-Liang Lin (violin) featured artist. Foss "Composer's Holiday" (vln & pf); Dvorák "Larghetto" from Op. 100;  Tchaikovsky String Sextet Op. 70, “Souvenir de Florence." This run has concluded but the Program Notes and links to other recordings by the featured artist are still available.

Sep 28 - 30 - Michael Brown (pianist) performing MENDELSSOHN's Sextet in D major for Piano, Violin, Two Violas, Cello, and Double Bass, Op. 110 and Barber's Souvenirs for Piano, Four Hands. This program has concluded it's run but the program notes and links to other performances by Michael Brown are available at this link.

We also presented a special event available for viewing at any time: two founding members of the Pacifica Quartet have recorded a message for the Friends Of Music Concert audience, answering your questions and providing insight into one of their favorite performances. Enjoy this engaging conversation with Simin Ganatra and Brandon Vamos followed by a beautiful performance of Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 2. CLICK HERE

You will find details on our plans for the Fall on our Live Concerts page.

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Live Appearances Scheduled in 2021

Classical artists scheduled to perform live in 2021 and 2022

Emerson String Quartet
September 17, 2022 - 8:00pm
Pacifica Quartet with Orion Weiss, piano
April 2, 2022 - 8:00pm
Wu Han, Philip Setzer, David Finckel
September 25, 2021 - 8:00pm
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
October 16, 2021 - 8:00pm
September 11, 2021 - 8:00pm

Nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and a Chamber Music America Visionary Award. 

Jeremy Denk
October 9, 2022 - 3:00pm

Jeremy Denk is known for his musicianship and his eloquent discussions of classical music. He recently received a MacArthur fellowship and won the Avery Fisher Prize. 

Dover Quartet
November 5, 2022 - 8:00pm

We welcome the return of the excellent young Dover Quartet, lauded by The New Yorker as both “exciting and accomplished.”  The Wall Street Journal has described their playing as “masterly, nuanced” with “gutsy and earthy sound,” while the Santa Fe New Mexican has said that to hea