CMS Returns to St. Petersburg for White Nights Festival

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is pleased to announce its return, at the invitation of Maestro Valery Gergiev, to the prestigious Stars of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Mariinsky Concert Hall

The three CMS concerts take place on June 15, 17, and 18, and feature performances by six of the world’s finest chamber music players drawn from the vast CMS roster of more than 130 acclaimed artists. The participants include pianist Wu Han, violinists Sean Lee and Arnaud Sussmann, violists Matthew Lipman and Paul Neubauer, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis. They will be joined in performances by the Russian pianist Yury Shadrin, and members of the Mariinsky Orchestra.

CMS Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han commented:

It is with great excitement that the Chamber Music Society returns for a second consecutive engagement at the White Nights Festival. The artists and programs we have selected for this important project fully represent the Society artistically, and we are thrilled to have the additional opportunity this year to perform with colleagues from Maestro Gergiev’s acclaimed Mariinsky Orchestra.

Maestro Valery Gergiev added:

It is with great pleasure once again to welcome the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center from New York City, well-known throughout the USA and around the world for its superb performances of the chamber music repertoire. Our gratitude first goes to Susan Elizabeth Carmel-Lehrman, who continues to support very important projects such as this across the borders of the US, Russia, and around the world. We are very happy once again to welcome CMS Co-Artistic Director Wu Han, along with a number of the Chamber Music Society’s outstanding musicians, back to the Stars of the White Nights Festival.


Friday, June 15, 12:00 PM, Dacha Concert Hall, Repino

Mozart: Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello in C minor, K. 406
Debussy: Petite Suite for Piano, Four Hands
Dohnányi: Quintet No. 1 in C minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 1

Sunday, June 17, 9:00 PM, Mariinsky Concert Hall, St. Petersburg

Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat major for Strings, Op. 20
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, “Italian”
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra in E-flat major, K. 364

Monday, June 18, 9:00 PM, Mariinsky Concert Hall, St. Petersburg

Dohnanyi: Serenade in C major for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 10
Dvorak: Sonatina in G major for Violin and Piano, Op. 100
Shostakovich: Impromptu for Viola and Piano
Schumann: Quintet in E-flat major for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 44