Welcome to the 45th Anniversary Season of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Many of you have been here from the very beginning, thousands of our audience have been part of CMS for many years, and we wish you a happy anniversary as we celebrate this landmark together. Not many of us achieve 45th anniversaries, and CMS arrives at this one, young and vibrant.
This is a season of milestones. Our most important and influential program, the CMS Two young artists residency which has launched countless major careers for the finest young chamber musicians, stands on the verge of its 20th birthday. Key to the excitement, energy, and sense of discovery in every CMS concert is the chemistry between the young artists from this most prestigious residency and the great senior musicians of CMS. This year more than half of the artists of the season are current, future, or alumni members of CMS Two, with CMS Two alumni Alessio Bax, Bella Hristova, and Arnaud Sussmann performing on opening night.
As if that weren’t enough, we celebrate a significant 10th anniversary this year, that of David Finckel and Wu Han as Artistic Directors of CMS. It’s been a decade filled with tremendous creativity, world-class musicians, and artistic growth. Among the achievements under their artistic leadership, CMS Two grew from a two- to a three-year residency, CMS commissioned 34 new works, the New Music Series outgrew the Rose Studio and moved into The Kaplan Penthouse (more than twice its size), the Recital Series and Late Night Rose were born, we created eight satellite series with stellar organizations around the country, began our residencies with the LG Music School in Seoul and Wigmore Hall in London, and the demand for CMS on tour exploded such that this year we will produce even more concerts around the US, Europe, and Asia than here at Lincoln Center. Be sure to wish David and Wu Han a happy anniversary when you see them.
The anniversary year ahead is packed with so many magical musical experiences for you, and you’ve responded by making it a record breaking season even before it begins. Bucking all of the trends, our subscriptions are up more than 10% this year: we‘ve already exceeded subscription sales for the entire of last season, which itself was a record-breaking year. Thank you for planning to celebrate with us all season long. I can’t wait to see you when the doors of Alice Tully Hall open to launch our season of great chamber music concerts on October 15.