CMS in the media, from long playing records to network television and livestreaming
Since the invention of the phonograph and the radio in the late 19th century, music has traveled to listeners via media. That media has grown in size and scope (especially recently) to a level of diversity and capability beyond our wildest dreams. Always striving to share its art with the largest possible audience, CMS has engaged with media since its first performance, which thankfully, like all its Alice Tully Hall concerts, was captured for posterity on tape. First heard locally on the radio, CMS’s concert recordings are now broadcast across the United States and in Europe and Asia as well. In addition to CMS’s archive of thousands of concert recordings, the organization has made many commercial recordings in partnership with various distinguished recording labels and has issued numerous recordings on its own in-house label. Recently, thanks to a generous donor, CMS has been able to video-record all of its Alice Tully Hall concerts, and events in the Daniel and Joanna S. Rose Studio have been captured and livestreamed to listeners around the globe. As digital delivery capabilities multiply, so do the possibilities offered by CMS’s comprehensive capturing and archiving of its artistic activities, from concerts to lectures and master classes. And, as technology improves, so do the results: CMS now produces some of the finest high-definition video and audio recordings of chamber music to be found anywhere in the world.
A member of IBIS Productions runs the stage left camera in Alice Tully Hall.
Leszek Wojcik records each Chamber Music Society concert, adding to CMS’s vast catalogue of live concert recordings.
Live From Lincoln Center
The Live From Lincoln Center team records video of Tara Helen O’Connor on set in Greece.
Livestream Control Room
Josh Mullin, Tristan Cook, Leszek Wojcik, Shao Tin Sun, and Trent Casey at work in the Chamber Music Society Livestream Control Room. [Not pictured: Melissa Muscato.]
Who's connecting with the Chamber Music Society around the globe?
A map of the countries where CMS digital video has been viewed, from 2009 to 2019.
CMS kicked off the 50th anniversary season on October 15 with a broadcast of the season's opening night concert, Dvořák's American Quintet, on medici.tv. The global leader in classical music video streaming, medici.tv will also provide a collection of archival works to the public for free. CMS concerts, lectures, and master classes are available now for on-demand streaming on the medici.tv website.
WNET's ALL ARTS
On October 20, the Chamber Music Society launched In Concert with CMS, a new monthly program featuring select past performances on WNET's ALL ARTS, the broadcast channel, streaming platform, and website dedicated to arts and culture 24/7. In Concert with CMS will be broadcast weekly on Sundays at 9am, 2pm, and 7pm, and repeated the following Friday at 7am, 12pm, and 5pm. Programming is available to watch on the ALL ARTS website; Facebook; Twitter; Instagram; streaming apps on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV; and broadcast and cable channels in the greater New York area.
Radio Television Hong Kong
Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 4 will broadcast 14 CMS radio episodes on its Live on 4 program. Episodes will air every Wednesday at 8 PM Hong Kong time (8 AM EST, 7 AM EST beginning Nov 6) with a repeat on every following Monday at 2 PM Hong Kong time (2 AM EST, 1 AM EST beginning Nov 11). The series kicked off with a cover feature article in the October 2019 issue of RTHK Radio 4’s Fine Music Magazine, distributed throughout Southern China. The article included an interview with Co-Artistic Director Wu Han and details of the radio broadcasts, which can be read here.
The Phenomenal 50 Podcast
The Phenomenal 50 is a series of podcasts spotlighting some of the finest CMS concerts from the past 50 years. Each installment is introduced by Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han, with a new edition each Monday throughout the anniversary season. The podcasts will be available on the CMS website, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.