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A Message to Our Audience

We regret to announce that, effective immediately, all performances have been cancelled through May 10 because of coronavirus concerns.

For the safety of our musicians, audiences, and staff, CMS has cancelled all concerts and events at Lincoln Center through May 10 to comply with CDC guidelines as the COVID-19 situation continues to develop. The health and safety of our community during this challenging time is our highest priority. While we are unable to present live concerts, CMS stands by our commitment to continue bringing the best chamber music to you and to people all over the globe through weekly curated playlists and daily releases of archival video and audio (see details below).

The following concerts and lectures in New York City have been cancelled. For updates about cancellations on tour, please click here.

• Sunday, March 15: Bartók's Sonata For Two Pianos and Percussion
• Wednesday, March 18: Inside Chamber Music
• Friday, March 20: Messiaen's Quartet For The End Of Time
• Wednesday, March 25: Inside Chamber Music
• Thursday, March 26: The Art of The Recital: Sean Lee & Peter Dugan
• Sunday, March 29: Beethoven's Piano Trio, Op. 1, No. 1
• Wednesday, April 1: Inside Chamber Music
• Friday, April 3: Mozart's Piano Quartet in G Minor
• Sunday, April 5: Meet the Music! Inspector Pulse and The Case Of The Mozart Cookie Mystery
• Monday, April 6: Master Class with Arnaud Sussmann
• Wednesday, April 15: Inside Chamber Music
• Sunday, April 19: Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue
• Wednesday, April 22: Inside Chamber Music
• Thursday, April 23: Rose Studio Concert
• Thursday April 23: Late Night Rose
• Friday, April 24: Shostakovich's Piano Quintet
• Sunday, April 26: CMS KIDS: Master Work: Brahms's Rondo Alla Zingarese, Op. 25 (11:00 AM & 3:00 PM)
• Wednesday, April 29: Inside Chamber Music
• Thursday, April 30: New Milestones: String Quartet Evolution
• Sunday, May 3: Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht
• Thursday, May 7: Rose Studio Concert
• Thursday, May 7: Late Night Rose

To everyone who has tickets for the cancelled concerts at Lincoln Center, please consider donating your March, April, and May tickets to CMS. Your contribution will be instrumental in directly supporting our musicians during these uncertain and challenging times. Now, more than ever, our incredible artists rely on your continued commitment as concerts around the globe are cancelled. Your donation is fully tax deductible. We will send you a donation acknowledgement letter and recognize on our website your ticket donation to support the artists.

Please add your name to the list of dedicated audience members supporting our musicians during this time. We are very grateful for your ongoing support of our peerless artists who bring us such joy and inspiration throughout the year.

Support our musicians: donate your tickets

For more information about how you can support our musicians and our organization during this difficult time, click here.

We appreciate your long partnership and commitment to CMS and know you are with us as we take steps to ensure the health and safety of our artists, audiences, patrons, employees, and entire community.

Should you have any questions about your tickets, including exchanges into a 2020-2021 Season concert, or a refund, please contact Customer Relations at 212-875-5788 or info@chambermusicsociety.org.

*Please note, if you had previously exchanged your March tickets into an April or May 2020 concert or lecture, we will contact you individually to discuss applying the value of your ticket(s) to a new concert date or back to your Chamber Music Society account, which can be used toward future performances in the 2020-2021 season.

Enjoy a Concert from Home:

With thanks to all of our audiences, and for people everywhere who are at home now because of the health situation, CMS stands by our commitment to continue bringing the best chamber music to people all over the globe. From weekly curated playlists to daily releases of archival videos and audio, we invite you to bring the music into your own home while we are unable to present live concerts at Lincoln Center over the next eight weeks.

Weekly Playlists

Every day at 12:30 PM (ET), we invite you to take a break, sit back, and enjoy some world-class chamber music. We'll be releasing daily chamber music performances and events, highlighting some of the 1,000+ works in our archive, including performances, lectures, and family programs. Each week a different theme will lead you through some of the most masterful works in the chamber music repertoire. Find supplemental articles, interviews, and lectures within each playlist to enhance your listening.

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Transcendence, the theme of this first week’s playlist, invites listeners out of their own reality and into a world where music stretches time and expectations, starting with Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, a work bursting with drama and lyricism, performed by CMS Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han and violinist Arnaud Sussmann. 

At this time of feeling isolated, we exist as part of a community and participating in an elevated human experience brings us closer together and brings us in touch with our humanity. Chamber music was meant to be enjoyed with friends, and these weekly curated playlists are a way to join us all together to experience the transformative powers of music.  

CMS will also release regular education materials to keep curious minds of all ages active and engaged, from fun and accessible family programs for kids ages 6 and up to Master Classes featuring some of the most highly regarded musicians in the world. CMS Education initiatives will continue by providing schools with online resources of videos, lectures, and other assignments. 

Even More Chamber Music:

Our website’s Watch & Listen page also houses over a thousand videos of concerts, lectures, and masterclasses, as well as fifty years of audio recordings. Now, as much as ever, we look to the power of music to uplift and inspire. We hope you will enjoy our digital archives while we are unable to gather together in the concert hall.

PODCASTS 
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's Resident Lecturer, Bruce Adolphe, offers investigations and insights into chamber music masterworks in the Inside Chamber Music podcast. Beloved by regulars and a revelation to first-timers for their depth, accessibility, and brilliance, we dig into the ICM lecture recording archive to share our favorite lectures with you. Lectures will be released bi weekly and are available on iTunes and Google Play. 

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RADIO PROGRAMS 
Hosted by radio host Elliott Forrest and with commentary from CMS Co-Artistic Director David Finckel and CMS performers, the CMS radio series season features 52 one-hour programs drawn from live performances. The CMS radio series is syndicated by the WFMT Radio Network, and reached over 8 million listeners over the course of its 2018-2019 broadcast season on more than sixty commercial and non-commercial stations across the U.S. Broadcasts, carried locally on WQXR-FM, can be heard Saturday evenings at 10:00 PM. Tune in every Wednesday for a new program. 

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