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"Chamber Music Society Returns" a New Two-Part Film Airing on PBS April 8 & 15

March 17, 2022

Broadcast Nationally on PBS

April 8 and 15, 2022 at 10 pm ET in NY on WNET Channel 13

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In March 2020, when the world shut down, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center closed its doors. The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic left an indelible mark, not only on the world at large but on the entire live arts industry. Performers worldwide suddenly found themselves on lockdown, and audiences were separated from the inspiring joys of live music.

Now, a new two-part PBS film, CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY RETURNS, tells the story of CMS’s return to live concerts at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and on a six-city national tour, after being away in-person for almost two years. The film captures the passion for making music that pushed the CMS community forward at every turn.

CMS brings us inside the planning and execution of the celebratory first concert back, through all the obstacles involved with mounting a tour in these fraught times, and finally takes us to the culmination of the fall season in the beloved annual tradition of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. The return of live chamber music to Lincoln Center is a story of many trials as well as ultimate resilience and hope.

Chamber Music Society Returns
An Original CMS Film

Directed by
Tristan Cook

Director of Photography
Zac James Nicholson

Peter Dimario
Elizabeth Helgeson

Executive Producers
Guto Barra
Tatiana Issa

Tamara Mattos
Karina Vilela

Production Companies
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Art Docs

Special thanks to The Four Arts Music Committee
Mrs. Patricia M. Dunnington
Production Support provided by The Society of the Four Arts