About CMS

Message from Executive Director Suzanne Davidson

Photo Credit: Laura Rose

Thank you for a wonderful 2015-16 season at CMS. Because of you, we exceeded every one of our goals—for incredibly beautiful and inspiring concerts, for subscriptions, for single tickets, for our education programs, and for an extraordinarily rich artistic relationship between the musicians and the key element in this intimate art form of chamber music, you, the audience.

Fortunately, there is no true end to the season at CMS. No sooner had the last notes risen into the heights of Alice Tully Hall than we took off for our annual Memorial Day weekend residency at Shaker Village in Kentucky. Last year, Live From Lincoln Center followed us there, shooting outside of New York City for the first time. The heart of the film is our performance of Copland’s Appalachian Spring, which is built around the Shaker tune “'Tis a Gift to be Simple.” David Finckel refers to it as bringing the music home. More information on the air date of this incredible program will be coming soon—stay tuned.

Long before the fall season begins, there are several opportunities to hear CMS at Alice Tully Hall. Get your tickets early, because these concerts sell out. 

On June 18 at 3 PM, we present a free concert featuring sensational rising stars of the chamber music world, who will have spent a week working with renowned faculty as part of the CMS Chamber Music Encounters program. It is sure to be one of the highlights of the summer.

On July 6, 10, and 13, back by sold-out popular demand, are our three Summer Evenings concerts of beloved chamber music masterworks. Tickets start at just $35, and $20 tickets are available for audience members ages 21-39. After each performance, there is a complimentary wine reception for the entire audience with the musicians—many thanks to our generous patrons and The Millbrook Winery

Then, when it’s hot in the city in August, come with us to our cool and green summer home at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. CMS has concerts every Sunday and Tuesday for three weeks beginning August 7. The Philadelphia Orchestra is also in residence, and the horses are running at the prettiest track in the country. We would love to see you there.

Thank you again for your part in making CMS the premiere chamber music organization of its kind—thank you for your love of chamber music, the CMS musicians, and the seasons of concerts which it is our privilege to present to you. I look forward to seeing you very soon.


Warm regards,

Suzanne Davidson