CMS at Home and On the Road
Bach’s Collegium was an ensemble that performed in a café; by the time of Mozart and Beethoven, chamber music was performed by and for the upper classes. The great tradition of concerts as we know them today, with printed tickets, subscriptions and reviews, and audiences of the general public, was born as early as the 1790s.
Composers such as Mozart and Beethoven wrote with public performance in mind. As music itself grew in emotional range, so did the size of audiences and concert halls. Today, CMS sustains the tradition of the public chamber music concert as its most important activity. For its home, the Chamber Music Society has a venue with incomparable acoustics that was built specifically for chamber music: the magnificent Alice Tully Hall.
One of chamber music’s most wonderful assets is its portability. And indeed, among the many places in the world that CMS performs are some of the most unusual and magical, for listeners and performers both. Here, we share a stunning selection of the many places one can hear CMS, from the world’s most distinguished concert venues to a charming tobacco barn in Kentucky.
Alice Tully Hall’s new interior, designed by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro.
The Chamber Music Society regularly takes up residence at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Spa Little Theatre in Saratoga, NY.
CMS at the White House
The Chamber Music Society has visited The White House on numerous occasions, including this visit with the Clintons.
London’s Wigmore Hall
Nicholas Canellakis, Wu Qian, Arnaud Sussmann, Tommaso Lonquich, Yura Lee, and Brett Dean