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CMS Kicks Off Debut Season at SUNY Purchase

The Chamber Music Society began its annual three-concert residency at The Performing Arts Center, Purchase College, SUNY, on October 25. The exhilarating opening concert featured a passionate and playful program of works by Fauré and Ysaÿe performed by a sensational line-up of artists including pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Wu Han, violinists Nicolas Dautricourt, violinist/violist Yura Lee, and cellist Colin Carr. The same program and artists were presented the very next day in Alice Tully Hall, and here’s just a sample of what the enthusiastic critics had to say:

“The level of playing throughout the evening left me yet again in awe of the Society’s unique roster of artists.”
-Oberon’s Grove

“The lively scherzo filled with rapid pizzicato and twirling figures was buoyant, and the dazzling coda conveyed requisite virtuosity” 

The pair [Dautricourt and Lee] attacked the robust opening in unison before parting into rich harmonies full of double stops, showing the remarkable color and depth from merely two violiniists.”
-New York Classical Review

“Their [Wu Han and Anne-Marie McDermott] immaculate playing illuminated the six contrasted movements…The audience was as charmed by the work as by the players.”

“Yura Lee… had a lovely opportunity to bring forth her violin for a subtle and ravishing performance…”

“The two virtuosos (Lee and Dautricourt] sailed on and on through the intricacies of this long duet [Ysaÿe’s Sonata for Two Violins] the audience with them every step of the way and saluting them at the end for having triumphed against improbable odds.”
-Oberon’s Grove

CMS returns to Purchase College on November 22 to perform works by Mozart, including the beloved Flute Quartet in A Major and the Clarinet Quintet, along with a virtuoso contemporary work by Sebastian Currier, and will close its first season on December 6 with a high-spirited all-Baroque program.  

Anne-Marie McDermott and Wu Han performing Fauré’s Dolly Suite for Piano, Four Hands (Photo Credit: Tristan Cook)

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