Chamber Music Society Returns

Episode 1: Setting the Stage

Airing Friday, April 8, 10:00 PM (Check Local Listings)

After a year and a half away from a darkened stage, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s community bands together to reawaken its home of Alice Tully Hall for its first concert since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In "Setting the Stage," artists give viewers an inside peek into the healing power of music as they reflect on how, amidst all of the unknown variables at the beginning of the lockdown, playing music served as a pillar and a beacon, providing comfort and hope. It is this sustaining quality that drives the work of rebuilding in a now-unfamiliar concert landscape, full of new processes and protocols, and with uncertainties around every corner. As anticipation for opening night mounts, nerves and excitement are palpable in watching the artists and staff work to breathe life back into a shuttered concert hall and bring music back to a live audience.


  • Beethoven Trio in C minor for Violin, Vola, and Cello, Op. 9, No. 3 (1797-98) II. Adagio con espressione
  • Bach Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin in C major, BWV 1005 III. Largo
  • Schubert Rondo in A major for Piano, Four Hands, D. 951 (1828)
  • Bach Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 (c. 1720) VI. Gigue
  • Mendelssohn Sextet in D major for Piano, Violin, Two Violas, Cello, and Bass, Op. 110 (1824)