This past August CMS established the first summer festival residency in its history at the world-renowned Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. Over three weeks, CMS presented six glorious and rapturously received concerts in the acoustically superb Spa Little Theater. The immersive experience included a free pop-up concert for a standing-room-only crowd at the local library where David Finckel and Wu Han performed and talked about how thrilled they were to be bringing CMS to the community; plus pre-performance talks, post-performance gatherings, and an opening and closing night reception for all. The success of this historic debut was confirmed by attendance, with sales for chamber music events up more than 50% from the previous year!
Reviews From The Times Union, Albany
“These performers are among the best in the world. SPAC is especially lucky to have signed them and it is hoped that anyone interested in classical chamber music will want to explore the next five concerts.”
“a completely joyous occasion.”
“It was evident from the first note that this was a quality ensemble. “
“This ensemble should not be missed.”
Reviews From Saratoga TODAY
“Their debut performance was completely transformative. Everything I thought I knew about chamber music went out the window….”
“My mind soared while my eyes were mesmerized. It was stimulating, exciting and endearing.”
“I became a fan for life. And it took just one performance – a performance that immediately became one of my most memorable live performances – of any genre – at any time.
“My experience at Monday’s debut performance convinced me to advocate to everyone that you are cheating yourself if you don’t make a point to see CMS while they are here.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that I give my initial CMS at SPAC experience two thumbs up. My only regret is that I don’t have four hands”