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ALICE TULLY HALL : Tue 10/13/20 7:30PM - Sun 5/16/21 5:00PM

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SPANISH INSPIRATIONS Tuesday, October 13, 2020 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
SPANISH INSPIRATIONS

How can one describe this program’s music? Think Granada and flamenco guitar and Don Quichotte. Elements of Spanish life and culture come to vivid life in the music not only of Spanish composers but also of those enticed by Spain’s irresistible attractions.

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GREAT WIND SERENADES Sunday, October 18, 2020 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
GREAT WIND SERENADES

The joys of the traditional serenade—a celebratory, outdoor evening performance—are omnipresent in the works of these composers, who elevated this most gracious musical form to high art. Listeners at this concert are promised the experience of a serenade at its best.

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CHOPIN: VOICE OF THE POET Friday, October 23, 2020 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
CHOPIN: VOICE OF THE POET

A unique musician of unfathomable genius, Frédéric Chopin astounded the greatest musicians of his day. Transforming the piano to become his personal expressive voice, he fortunately left a precious handful of chamber works, two of which are featured on this rare all-Chopin program.

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PUCCINI TO SHOSTAKOVICH Sunday, October 25, 2020 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
PUCCINI TO SHOSTAKOVICH

These gripping works by composers of four lands offer a quartet-lover’s dream concert experience. From Puccini’s operatic Crisantemi (“Chrysanthemums”) to Shostakovich’s explosive late quartet, there is music on this program that satisfies all tastes and vividly displays the string quartet’s stunning capabilities.

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TCHAIKOVSKY, FAURÉ, AND BRAHMS Friday, November 6, 2020 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
TCHAIKOVSKY, FAURÉ, AND BRAHMS

The delicious chill of autumn, the magic of twilight, the pang of remembrance, and similar emotions can be found in the music of virtually all the great composers. This program unites a collection of masters who powerfully captured these uniquely human sensations in the voices of their native lands.

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BEETHOVEN, SCHULHOFF, AND DVORAK Tuesday, November 17, 2020 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
BEETHOVEN, SCHULHOFF, AND DVORAK

Works of Schulhoff and Dvorak show a combination of intimacy and orchestral richness possible only in a string sextet. Setting the stage is the Op. 104 Quintet of Beethoven, the composer’s own arrangement of one of his popular early piano trios—a creative translation that highlights his later reverence for the expressive potential of string ensembles.

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THE INNOVATORS Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
THE INNOVATORS

“Going out on a limb” is an adventure taken by artists seeking to break through to new levels. When they have done so, the world has typically received much of the most exciting and memorable art ever created. This program unites four of music’s most innovative composers, each building bridges to new sound worlds.

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SOLO BACH Sunday, December 6, 2020 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
SOLO BACH

Many have called Johann Sebastian Bach the greatest composer ever. Who can argue with them? This program constitutes just one more argument for Bach’s coronation: the composer of the greatest oratorios, cantatas, and concertos also set the bar for solo instrumental writing virtually beyond reach.

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BAROQUE CONCERTOS Tuesday, December 8, 2020 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
BAROQUE CONCERTOS

Is there anything in music more thrilling than a concerto? Few composers in history have not favored musicians with vehicles of virtuosity that bring audiences to their feet. This eclectic selection of works from the 18th century planted robust seeds for the great concertos of the Classical, Romantic, and modern eras.

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BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS Sunday, December 13, 2020 5:00PM - Friday, December 18, 2020 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS

Stored away for years in a drawer and nearly lost, the Brandenburg Concertos are now practically the musical equivalent of the Gutenberg Bible. If you are a regular attendee for these performances, we welcome your return, and if you are about to risk the joys of Brandenburg Concerto addiction, reserve your tickets early!

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MOZART AND MENDELSSOHN Tuesday, January 12, 2021 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
MOZART AND MENDELSSOHN

“Youth is wasted on the young” sometimes rings true, but not when the young are composing music like this. The mind of the musical prodigy is a thing of wonder, and it is only through the music itself that we might sense something of the divine light that shone into them. Each composer here astounded equally as a child, carrying their extraordinary gifts onward through stellar careers.

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AMERICAN OPTIMISM Sunday, January 24, 2021 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
AMERICAN OPTIMISM

The spirit of hope and unfettered possibility rings through in the music of this concert, from the enchanting MacDowell to the passionate Beach; from the contemplative Copland to the wild and wacky Ives and the heartfelt musical portrait of America by Dvorak.

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WINTER FESTIVAL I Sunday, January 31, 2021 5:00PM - Sunday, February 28, 2021 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
WINTER FESTIVAL I

This season's Winter Festival celebrates the prolific output and influence of Franz Schubert, one of music's truly timeless geniuses.

Like a shooting star, Franz Schubert blazed across music’s sky for a brief 31 years, leaving behind over 1,000 works that transformed the Classical into the Romantic age. His lifestyle continues to bewilder; his output continues to astound; and his impact on performers and listeners can only be explained in terms of magic.

Four programs spanning Schubert’s creative career and variety of compositions offer a rich journey into one of music’s most ethereal worlds. A fifth concert explores the legacy of Schubert and how composers in the two centuries following his death have re-worked and been inspired by his compositions.

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THE GREAT SONATAS Friday, March 5, 2021 7:30PM - Sunday, March 7, 2021 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
THE GREAT SONATAS

A truly masterful instrumental sonata leaves nothing to be desired. Brahms, Shostakovich, and Beethoven gave the world much of its greatest music. This program offers their consummate skills and unlimited inspirations, channeled into some of chamber music’s most intimate and compelling instrumental combinations.

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BEETHOVEN'S ARCHDUKE Sunday, March 14, 2021 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
BEETHOVEN'S ARCHDUKE

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio has thrived for over four decades. Musically, this trio has continued to explore, to challenge themselves, and push their musicianship to ever-higher ground. As the fortunate beneficiaries of their dedication and artistry, CMS welcomes their return with eager anticipation.

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ARENSKY AND BRAHMS Tuesday, March 23, 2021 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
ARENSKY AND BRAHMS

Energy, passion, and quintessential Russian and Viennese styles abound in this pairing of composers deeply embedded in their singular cultures. The Slavic melancholy and melodramatic abandon of Arensky give way to Brahms's Gypsy flair and stately Germanic structure. At intermission, listeners will travel 1,200 miles from Moscow to Vienna in 20 minutes!

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DELIGHTFUL DVORAK Sunday, April 11, 2021 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
DELIGHTFUL DVORAK

Bookended by charming works of Dvorak, imaginative string trios by exceptional composers complete a unique program, conceived by the performers. The unusual combination of two violins and viola offers an exquisitely refreshing sonority rarely heard on the concert stage.

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DOHNÁNYI AND BRAHMS Tuesday, April 27, 2021 7:30PM   ·   More Info »
DOHNÁNYI AND BRAHMS

The estimable Hungarian composer, pianist, and conductor Erno Dohnányi composed electrifying, yet lyrical music that gained him international popularity. Among his admirers was the famously tough critic Brahms, whose two immortal trios for clarinet and horn serve to introduce Dohnányi as “The Hungarian Brahms.”

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RETURNING TO MOZART Sunday, May 2, 2021 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
RETURNING TO MOZART

It has been the wish of many to have their final moments on earth accompanied by Mozart. Indeed, his music transcends mortal achievement in terms of its unattainable perfection and cosmic aura. Programs beginning with his music abound; however, this one offers a refreshing approach, opening with sublime late works by three of history’s most profound composers and leading up to the glorious D major String Quintet of Mozart.

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CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS Friday, May 14, 2021 7:30PM - Sunday, May 16, 2021 5:00PM   ·   More Info »
CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS

Art over the centuries has explored the closeness of humankind to the natural world. During the 17th and 18th centuries, composers gleefully replicated the actual sounds made by animals. In the Romantic and modern eras, the personalities of wild creatures were portrayed just as skillfully. With good cheer, CMS sends listeners towards the summer with the marvelous noises of nature.

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