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CMS Opens Live from Lincoln Center’s New Season

Airs September 9 at 9 PM on most PBS stations (check local listings)

For the first time in its series history, Live From Lincoln Center takes the show on the road presenting The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in a broadcast from Kentucky’s historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. This special event, filmed on location in May 2015, captures the unique intimacy of a chamber music performance in the Meadow View Barn, a restored tobacco barn surrounded by rolling Bluegrass countryside. The concert features esteemed musicians from CMS in works by distinctive American composers including Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Samuel Barber, and Stephen Foster, highlighted by Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring, an iconic, enduring ballet suite about a community of 19th Century American pioneers featuring the popular “Simple Gifts” Shaker melody. It is the first time the beloved work has ever been performed in the heart of an authentic Shaker village. The episode, airing September 9 at 9:00 PM on most PBS stations (check local listings) also includes fascinating documentary segments about the rich history of Shaker Village.

The sensational musicians featured in the program include pianists Gilles Vonsattel and Wu Han; violinists Aaron Boyd, Adam Barnett-Hart, Kristin Lee, and Arnaud Sussmann; violists Pierre Lapointe and Paul Neubauer; cellists David Finckel and Brook Speltz; double bassist DaXun Zhang; flutist Tara Helen O’Connor; clarinetist David Shifrin; and bassoonist Peter Kolkay.  

This performance by the Chamber Music Society marks its ninth consecutive appearance at Shaker Village, where it enjoys an annual concert residency each Memorial Day Weekend. It is among some 50 annual tour appearances by CMS throughout the United States. While the Chamber Music Society calls Lincoln Center its home, its large roster of world-class chamber musicians enables it to perform extensively all across the country, as well as internationally. In addition, CMS receives extensive national exposure on its 52-week annual radio series, and on regular broadcasts on American Public Media’s Performance Today. As a result, it is one of Lincoln Center’s great ambassadors of music.

In addition to the broadcast, this historic occasion featuring Copland’s Appalachian Spring and accompanying American-inspired works has been captured on the Chamber Music Society’s own CMS Live label, and is distributed by Naxos of America.

Featured television broadcast and CD repertoire: 

SIMPLE GIFTS: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Shaker Village

Gottschalk      The Union, Concert Paraphrase on National Airs for Piano, Op. 48 (1862)
Dvořák             Sonatina in G major for Violin and Piano, Op. 100 (1893)
Barber             Souvenirs for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 28 (1951-52)
O’Connor         F.C.’s Jig for Violin and Viola (1992-93)
Copland           Appalachian Spring Suite for Ensemble (1944)
Foster              Selections from The Social Orchestra for Ensemble (arr. Tara Helen O’Connor) (1854)



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