Chamber Music Society Returns

Episode 2: Bringing Down the House

Airing Friday, April 15, 10:00 PM (Check Local Listings)

Following the success of opening night, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center gets back to work as it continues to mount its new season, complete with a number of ambitious projects and daunting challenges. In "Bringing Down the House," we move through the season at breakneck speed, as CMS staff attempt to safely gather over a dozen wind players for whom performing was considered taboo earlier in the pandemic, and then send another group of artists on a six-city tour of Bach’s timeless Brandenburg Concertos. Just as it gave solace during the initial pandemic lockdown, Bach’s music creates a sense of stability for these traveling musicians on a tour in which the idea of “expecting the unexpected” is an understatement. After ten days of setbacks on the road, including inclement weather, travel delays, and cataclysmic malfunctions, the resilient artists return home to New York to perform these Brandenburg Concertos in Alice Tully Hall, where new questions arise amidst a COVID resurgence.


  • Mozart Serenade in B-flat major for Winds and Double Bass, K. 361, "Gran Partita" (1783-84)
  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 (1720)
  • Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 (1720)