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CCMS Presents Chamber Players, BSO Musicians and President’s Award Winner, Project Step Nov. 30th

Mozart, Previn and Daniel Gregory Mason on Program

The Concord Chamber Music Society will present a concert on Sunday, November 30th featuring CCMS Chamber Players and musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra in a performance of the Pastorale for Violin, Clarinet and Piano by Daniel Gregory Mason, the Sonata for Violin and Piano, Vineyard, by Andre Previn and the Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  The performers include CCMS Director and Founder Wendy Putnam, Vytas Baksys, piano, Thomas Martin, clarinet, Alex Velinzon, violin, Steven Ansell, viola, and Michael Reynolds, cello.  There will be a special pre-concert performance at 2:00 p.m. by young musicians from projectSTEP, a rigorous string training program for musically talented children from underrepresented Boston communities.  On November 10, projectSTEP was honored with a President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, which was conferred during a White House ceremony by First Lady Michelle Obama. Composer Daniel Gregory Mason was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, into a musical family that included his father Henry Mason, co-founder of the Mason & Hamlin piano company, and his grandfather Lowell Mason, a leading composer of church music in the 19th century. Mason's Pastorale, Op. 8, for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, was completed in 1912 while he was an Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia University.  Andre Previn is widely renowned as a pianist, conductor and composer whose work has been honored with four Academy Awards and ten Grammys.  CCMS Director Wendy Putnam and Pianist Vytas Baksys will perform the Sonata for Violin and Piano, Vineyard,” originally composed for the acclaimed Korean violinist Young Uck Kim. The "Vineyard" Sonata was written in 1994, shortly after Mr. Previn took up residence on Marthas Vineyard, hence its popular name.  The Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581, is Mozart's only completed quintet for clarinet and string quartet, and is one of the earliest and most well known works that was written specifically for that instrumentation.  Composed in 1789 for the clarinetist Anton Stadler, it is to this day one of Mozarts most admired compositions. Wendy Putnam founded the Concord Chamber Music Society in 2000 and has been a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra since 1996. Alexander Velinzon joined the BSO in 2000 and was appointed Assistant Concertmaster in 2005.  In 2012 he became Concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony.  Thomas Martin is Associate Principal Clarinetist with the BSO and Principal Clarinetist of the Boston Pops.  Michael Reynolds and Steven Ansell are co-founders of the acclaimed Muir String Quartet, now in its 35th season and in addition, Mr. Ansell is Principal Violist of the BSO.  Concord Chamber Player Vytas Baksys performs frequently with the BSO and Pops, often accompanies Boston Musica Viva and the BSO Chamber Players and since 1989 has been the faculty pianist with the Fellowship Conducting Program at Tanglewood.

The concert on November 30th will begin at 3:00 p.m. and take place at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street in Concord (MA) Center.  The pre-concert performance by projectStep will begin at 2:00 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.concordchambermusic.org or by calling (978) 371-9667.  Admission to individual concerts is $42 and $33 for adults, depending on proximity to the stage, $37 and $28 respectively for students and seniors.  The facility is handicapped accessible.  Free parking in Concord Center is available on Main Street, in the lot adjacent to the Concord Free Public Library and in municipal lots behind Middlesex Savings Bank and the Post Office.  Concord Academy is a short walk from the Concord stop on the MBTAs Fitchburg commuter rail line from North Station and Porter Square. 
[November 16th, 2014]

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CCMS Season Opener Features Anne-Marie Mcdermott, Axel Strauss

Fifteenth CCMS Season Begins September 21st 

Concord, MA: The Concord Chamber Music Society opens its fifteenth season on Sunday, September 21st featuring pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and violinist Axel Strauss, joined by CCMS Director Wendy Putnam, violist Cathy Basrak and cellist Mihail Jojatu in a performance that includes Piano Sonatas in G Major and C Minor, Hob. XVI: 40 by Franz Joseph Haydn, the Sonata in A Minor for Two Violins by Eugène Ysaÿe and the Piano Quintet No.1 in C Minor, Op. 1 by Ernő Dohnányi.  

Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott is a consummate artist who balances a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator. She performs over 100 concerts a year in a combination of solo recitals, concerti and chamber music. Her repertoire choices are eclectic, spanning from Bach and Haydn to Prokofiev and Scriabin to Kernis, Hartke, Tower and Wuorinen. Ms. McDermott was named an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in 1995 and performs and tours extensively with CMS each season. She continues a long standing collaboration with the highly acclaimed violinist, Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg.  As a duo, they have released a CD titled “Live” on the NSS label and plan to release the Complete Brahms Violin and Piano Sonatas in the future. Ms. McDermott is also a member of the renowned piano quartet, Opus One, with colleagues Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom and Peter Wiley. In addition to her many achievements, Anne-Marie McDermott has been named the Artistic Director of the famed Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado, which hosts the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony in addition to presenting over 40 chamber music concerts throughout the summer.  She is also Artistic Director of two new Festivals; The Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival and The Avila Chamber Music Celebration in Curacao.

The first German artist to ever win the international Naumburg Violin Award in New York, Axel Strauss has been equally acclaimed for his virtuosity and his musical sensitivity. The Salt Lake Tribune praised his well-rounded artistry by saying, "Strauss quickly established that he is a virtuoso to be reckoned with ... His interpretive prowess was delightful." At the age of seventeen he won the silver medal at the Enescu Competition in Romania and has been recognized with many other awards, including top prizes in the Bach, Wieniawski and Kocian competitions. Mr. Strauss studied at the Music Academies of Lübeck and Rostock with Petru Munteanu. In 1996 he began working with the late Dorothy DeLay at The Juilliard School and became her teaching assistant in 1998. He has also worked with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Felix Galimir, and Ruggiero Ricci, and at the Marlboro Music Festival with Richard Goode, Mitsuko Uchida and Andras Schiff. Mr. Strauss has been residing in the United States since 1996. He maintains a busy performance schedule and serves as Professor of Violin at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal. 

The performance on Sunday, September 21st begins at 3:00 p.m. and will take place at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street in Concord. Musicologist Steven Ledbetter will give a pre-concert lecture at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $42 and $33, with a $5 discount for seniors and students, and may be purchased online at www.concordchambermusic.org or by calling (978) 371-9667. The facility is handicapped accessible. Parking in Concord Center is available on Main Street, in the lot adjacent to the Concord Free Public Library and in municipal lots behind Middlesex Savings Bank and the Post Office.  Concord Academy is a short walk from the Concord stop on the MBTA’s Fitchburg commuter rail line from North Station and Porter Square. 

[September 14th, 2014]

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Chamber Music Season Opens on 9/21

Concord, MA: The Concord Chamber Music Society opens its fifteenth season on Sunday, September 21st when pianist Anne-Marie McDermott joins CCMS Director and violinist Wendy Putnam, violinist Axel Strauss, violist Cathy Basrak and cellist Mihail Jojatu in a performance that includes the Piano Sonata in G Major, Hob. XVI: 40 and Piano Sonata in C Minor, Hob. XVI: 20 both by Franz Joseph Haydn, the Sonata in A Minor for Two Violins  by Eugène Ysaÿe and the Piano Quintet No.1 in C Minor, Op. 1 by Ernő Dohnányi.  

On November 30th Ms. Putnam again takes the stage with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra including Assistant Principal Clarinetist Thomas Martin, Principal Violist Steven Ansell, Assistant Concertmaster Alexander Velinzon, as well as cellist Michael Reynolds, a founding member of the famed Muir String Quartet.  The program includes the Pastorale for Piano, Violin and Clarinet by David Gregory Mason, the Sonata for Violin and Piano, “Vineyard” by Andre Previn and the Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  There will be a brief preliminary performance by the students from Project Step, a program started in 1982 that provides access, instruments and training to talented minority music students.  

On January 18, 2015 the CCMS welcomes the visionary and highly acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet to Concord for a performance of three works by Ludwig van Beethoven; String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130, Grosse Fuge in B-flat Major, Op.133 and String Quartet in C-sharp Minor, Op. 131. Lauded as “the rock stars of chamber music,” The Borromeo has been Ensemble-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory since 1992 and was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2007.   Its members will lead a lecture-discussion regarding Beethoven’s expressive musical vocabulary called “Expressive Strokes” at 2:00 p.m. prior to the concert.

The 2014-2015 season will close on March 8th with violinists Julianne Lee and Wendy Putnam, violist Steven Ansell, cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau and cellist Michael Reynolds in a concert that will feature the Sonatina for Violin and Cello in E Minor, H. 80 by Arthur Honegger, the Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello in A Major, Op. 77b by Max Reger and the beloved String Quintet in C Major, D. 956 by Franz Schubert.

All concerts begin at 3:00 p.m. and take place at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street in Concord (MA) Center.  For the September and March performances, Musicologist Steven Ledbetter will give pre-concert lectures beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Special presentations will precede the other concerts as noted, also beginning at 2:00 pm. Tickets and season subscriptions may be purchased online at www.concordchambermusic.org or by calling (978) 371-9667.  Tickets for individual concerts are $42 and $33 for adults, depending on proximity to the stage, with a $5 discount for students and seniors.  The facility is handicapped accessible.  Parking in Concord Center is available on Main Street, in the lot adjacent to the Concord Free Public Library and in municipal lots behind Middlesex Savings Bank and the Post Office.  Concord Academy is a short walk from the Concord stop on the MBTA’s Fitchburg commuter rail line from North Station and Porter Square. 

 

[September 2nd, 2014]

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Individual Concert Tickets Now on Sale!

If you would like to buy tickets to an individual concert, please proceed to the ticket purchase site or contact us by phone (978-405-0130).

We hope to see you this season!

[August 20, 2014]

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Director's Message: 15th Season

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to all of you joining CCMS for its 2014-15 season. Whether you will be attending one of our concerts for the first time or you are a patron of many years, I am certain you will find the experience to be both uplifting and memorable.

This season, we will pay homage to some of the musicians that have graced our stages throughout our fifteen year history. The Concord Chamber Players, our resident musicians, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra will perform with guest artists new to us: pianist Anne-Marie DcDermott, violinist Axel Strauss and cellist Jean-Michel Fonteneau. The celebrated Borromeo String Quartet will return for its third CCMS engagement. 

I have chosen a selection of repertoire that juxtaposes favorites of the chamber music repertoire by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert with less familiar gems by Dohnanyi, Ysaye, Previn, Reger and Honegger. Throughout the season, you will feel the pleasure of hearing beloved well-known works along with the excitement of being exposed to music that may be intriguing and new to your ear.

Extra elements that make our concerts special  include pre-concert lectures by the esteemed musicologist Steven Ledbetter, a return appearance by students from Project Step and, for the first time with CCMS, a lecture-discussion entitled "Expressive Strokes," given by members of the Borromeo String Quartet.

Enjoy! I look forward to seeing you there,

Wendy L Putnam,

CCMS Founder and Director

 

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15th Season Subscriptions Now Available!

The Concord Chamber Music Society is now selling season subscriptions for its exciting Fifteenth Season (2014-15).

If you would like to buy a season subscription, please proceed to the ticket purchase site or contact us by mail or phone. Past season subscribers can request their old seats or new seats, and will have seating priority until August 15th, 2014.

Single ticket sales will start on August 15th.

To learn more about our upcoming concerts, please see the performance details information in the Concerts section of the site.

[July 19, 2014]

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Review of March concert featuring Jonathan Biss

The Boston Musical Intelligencer's review credits Biss with a warm performance, saying:

"Biss got all of the tempi, and the cantabile too, absolutely right. But this is exactly what one would expect from a pianist who has repeatedly exhibited a fine and thorough technique but also outstanding musical intelligence and comprehension of Beethoven in the largest sense, unlike so many of the fashionable pianists on the circuit today — you can name them as well as I can — who are concerned only to get out the notes in the most flamboyant and glitzy manner."

Read the full review at: http://www.classical-scene.com/2014/03/10/concords-welcome-thaw/

[March 10th 2014]

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Press Release: Jonathan Biss Performs in Concord

Renowned Pianist, Concord Chamber Players in March Concert

The Concord Chamber Music Society will present the final concert of its 2013-14 season on Sunday, March 9th featuring renowned pianist Jonathan Biss  performing with Peter Zazofsky and Wendy Putnam, violins, Steven Ansell, viola and Michael Reynolds, cello.  The program includes the Piano Sonata in F Major, Op. 10, No. 2 by Ludwig van Beethoven, the String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44 by Felix Mendelssohn and the Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op.44 by Robert Schumann.

Throughout his career, Jonathan Biss has been noted for his immersive focus on single composers.  In 2011, he became the first classical musician commissioned to write a Kindle eBook when he released Beethoven's Shadow, a 19,000 word meditation on the art of performing Beethoven's piano sonatas.  In January 2012, the first of his recordings of the complete Beethoven sonatas was released on the Onyx label, a series of nine recordings to be released over as many years. To date, two albums have been published.  In 2010 as a faculty member at Curtis Institute, he partnered with Coursera, an educational technology company, publishing the online course Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, which has attracted over 32,000 students.

Declaring himself to be "a fanatic for every note [Robert] Schumann wrote," Mr. Biss dedicated his 2012-2013 season to the composer, which became a project entitled "Schumann: Under the Influence," exploring Schumann's influence on the classical repertoire and his artistic legacy.  Mr. Biss has performed an international series of concerts featuring works by Schumann's predecessors, particularly Mozart, Beethoven, Henry Purcell, as well as by Leoš Janáček, Alban Berg and contemporary composers Gyӧrgy Kurtág and Timos Andres, all of whom were influenced by Schumann’s music.   Attendant to the project, Mr. Biss wrote another Kindle eBook entitled A Pianist Under the Influence, describing his lifelong, intense, multi-layered relationship with Schumann’s work.

Mr. Biss made his recital debut in 1997 at the Wolf Trap Festival and his New York City debut at the 92nd Street YMCA in 2000.  A year later he was guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Mazur.  An impressive schedule of guest appearances with symphonies in North America and Europe followed, including those in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Cleveland and Philadelphia.  In Europe he appeared with the London Symphony and London Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Oslo and Rotterdam Philharmonics and the Swedish Radio Symphony, among others.  His chamber collaborations have included concert appearances with Mitsuko Uchida, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode and Midori.  He made his Carnegie Hall solo debut in 2011.

 The CCMS concert, which begins at 3:00 p.m., will take place at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street in Concord Center.  Musicologist Steven Ledbetter will give a pre-concert lecture beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.concordchambermusic.org or by calling (978) 371-9667.  Tickets for individual concerts are $42 and $33 for adults, depending on proximity to the stage, and $37 and $28 for students and seniors.  The facility is handicapped accessible.  Parking in Concord Center is available on Main Street, in the lot adjacent to the Concord Free Public Library and in municipal lots behind Middlesex Savings Bank and the Concord Post Office.  Concord Academy is a short walk from the Concord stop on the MBTA’s Fitchburg commuter rail line from North Station and Porter Square. 

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Review of January concert featuring BSO musicians

The Boston Musical Intelligencer's review comments on the pre-concert performance by Project STEP students:

"The concert was preceded by a short program from students of Project STEP, the organization which for 30 years has sought out and nurtured talented young musicians from the Boston community. The effect was not only heart-warming, but it served as a reminder of Britten’s and Beethoven’s youth when they composed the works heard here."

Read the full review at: http://www.classical-scene.com/2014/01/27/ccms-delivered/

[February 1st, 2014]

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Press Release: Birthdays, BSO Guests in January Concert

Works by Britten, John Harbison & Beethoven to be performed

On Sunday, January 26th the Concord Chamber Music Society will commemorate the birthdays of two celebrated composers: Benjamin Britten and John Harbison.  CCMS Founder and Director Wendy Putnam (violin) will be joined by Concord Chamber Players Vytas Baksys (piano) and Thomas Martin (clarinet), along with guests from the Boston Symphony including Keisuke Wakao (oboe), Richard Ranti (bassoon) and Richard Sebring (horn).  The program includes the Suite for Violin and Piano, Opus 6by Benjamin Britten who would have turned 100 last November, and Variations for Clarinet, Violin and Piano (1982) by John Harbison, whose 75th birthday was in December. The program also features the delightful and rarely-heard Quintet in E-Flat Major for Piano and WindsOp. 16 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Prior to the concert there will be a brief performance by students from Project Step, a rigorous training program for young minority string musicians, and a pre-concert lecture given by musicologist Steven Ledbetter.

Written when Britten was only 21 years old, the Suite Op. 6 for Violin and Piano is a light-hearted and humorous work that was directly influenced by the composer's experience with the Second Viennese School. Of his Variations for Clarinet, Violin and Piano (1982), John Harbison writes: "I first thought of this piece as a set of dances in a sequence ... The thought was set in motion by seeing a sculpted image of the Canaanite fertility goddess Astarte dancing, and my first intention was to name the piece for her. But as I went to work I was interrupted, or so I thought, by what was clearly a variation subject, and I put the dances aside, only to have them resurface in surprising guises." Beethoven's Op. 16 Quintet in E-flat for Piano and Winds was an early work inspired by Mozart’s Quintet K. 452 in the same key, and similar in form. Rather than sharing equal parts among the instruments, however, Beethoven's quintet features the piano in a virtuosic manner.

Keisuke Wakao is a native of Japan where he performed with the New Japan Philharmonic under Seiji Ozawa. He was appointed Assistant Principal Oboist of the BSO and Principal of the Boston Pops in 1990.  Mr. Wakao studied at the Manhattan School and at Tanglewood as a TMC Fellow and is a faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music and the Longy School.  Richard Ranti was appointed Assistant Principal Bassoonist with the BSO and Principal of the Pops in 1989.  At age 19 he won the second bassoon position with the Philadelphia Orchestra and was a Tanglewood Fellow in 1982.  Mr. Ranti won high praise from The Double Reed magazine as one of the greatest bassoonists of his generation for his solo CD.  He is on the BU and NEC faculties.  Concord native Richard Sebring is Assistant Principal Horn player with the BSO and Principal with the Pops.  Mr. Sebring studied at Indiana University, the NEC, at the University of Washington and at Tanglewood Music Center.  He teaches at NEC and at Tanglewood.

The concert, which begins at 3:00 p.m., will take place at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center, 166 Main Street in Concord Center.  The pre-concert performance and lecture begin at 2:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased online at www.concordchambermusic.org or by calling (978) 371-9667. Admission is $42 or $33 for adults, depending on proximity to the stage, and $37 or $28 for students and seniors.  The facility is handicapped accessible.  Parking in Concord Center is available on Main Street, in the lot adjacent to the Concord Free Public Library and in municipal lots behind Middlesex Savings Bank and the Post Office.  Concord Academy is a short walk from the Concord stop on the MBTA’s Fitchburg commuter rail line from North Station and Porter Square.

[January 7th, 2014]

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Review of November concert featuring BSO musicians

The Boston Musical Intelligencer's Susan Miron writes: "Sunday was my third time hearing them and each time the auditorium has been completely packed with enthusiastic listeners. Putnam employs excellent musicians, has the engaging Steven Ledbetter give pre-concert talks and cooks up interesting repertoire—a perfect recipe for enjoyment."

Read the full review at: http://classical-scene.com/2013/03/28/overheard/

[December 1st, 2013]

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Individual Concert Tickets Now on Sale!

If you would like to buy tickets to an individual concert, or an entire season subscription, please proceed to the ticket purchase site or contact us by phone (978-371-9667).

We hope to see you this season!

[August 19, 2013]

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14th Season Subscriptions Now Available!

The Concord Chamber Music Society is now selling season subscriptions for its exciting Fourteenth Season (2013-14).

If you would like to buy a season subscription, please proceed to the ticket purchase site or contact us by mail or phone. Past season subscribers can request their old seats or new seats, and will have seating priority until August 15th, 2013.

Single ticket sales will start on August 15th.

To learn more about our upcoming concerts, please see the performance details information in the Concerts section of the site.

[July 18, 2013]

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Wendy Putnam featured by BSO

Wendy Putnam is featured on the Boston Symphony Orchestra's new episode of "It's your BSO" . Learn more about Wendy's hobbies, her thoughts on playing in the BSO, and her encounter with Keith Lockhart.

Watch the video on Youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOhfAIJT2sQ&playnext=1&list=PL5_zYwBQ-QBbvs6L9y5m3Bw75mMggnGoB

[April 24th, 2013]

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Reviews of March concert featuring David Finckel and Wu Han

The Boston Musical Intelligencer covered our final concert of the season and managed to capture the sentiment of concert-goers. David Finckel, on cello, and Wu Han, on piano, played with "wide-ranging colors and superb articulation".

Read the full review at: http://classical-scene.com/2013/03/28/overheard/

[March 28th, 2013] 

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Press Release: CCMS Annual Community Concert in April

Trio Cleonice Brings Youth, Excitement to Concord 

Concord, MA: The Concord Chamber Music Society will close its 2012-13 season with its annual community concert featuring a performance by New England Conservatory of Music’s piano trio-in-residence, the Trio Cleonice.  The concert will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 7th at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord.  The program, entitled “A Musical Joke,” includes examples of musical humor by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Ives, which will entertain and delight listeners of all ages. Refreshments are available following the concert and audience members will be able to meet and speak with the musicians. The concert will take place during the Emerson Umbrella’s Spring Open Studio Weekend and offers the opportunity to view and purchase a wide variety of visual and textile artwork, as well as meet the artists themselves, before or after the concert. Admission to the Open Studio Weekend is free to concertgoers.

            Violinist Ari Isaacman-Beck, cellist Gwen Krosnick and pianist Emely Phelps formed the Trio Cleonice in 2008 and were immediately recognized for the vitality and creative energy of their performances.  Their 2011-2012 season included debuts at Jordan Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington.  They also performed at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and NYU’s Maison Française.  They will perform their annual recital at Jordan Hall in March.  Prior to their residence at the New England Conservatory, Trio Cleonice was an Emerging Ensemble at the Juilliard School where they worked with Robert Mann and Joseph Kalichstein.

            The group’s diverse repertoire covers the early trios of Mozart and Beethoven through the Romantic masterworks.  A significant part of their repertoire includes piano trios by contemporary American composers, especially Pulitzer prize-winning composer Richard Wernick.  They work closely with the NEC’s Office of Community Performances and Partnerships and have given family concerts and community outreach events throughout the Boston area and have endeavored to help audiences enjoy great chamber music in a warm and unpretentious environment.

The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts is located at 40 Stow Street in Concord, a few steps west of the center of town.  The “Concord” stop on the MBTA commuter rail line from North Station and Porter Square is two blocks away.  Free parking is available adjacent to the facility and on-street and there are municipal lots nearby, behind the Middlesex Savings Bank and Concord Post Office. The facility is handicapped accessible.  Tickets are $15 for general admission and children under 12 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free of charge. Additional information may be obtained online at www.concordchambermusic.org or by calling the Concord Chamber Music Society at (978)371-9667. 

[March 7th, 2013]

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Reviews of the January 27th concert, featuring Yehudi Wyner

Concordance, a new piano quartet composed by Pulitzer prize-winning Yehudi Wyner, was premiered at the January 27th concert.

The concert also featured members of the Concord Chamber Players: Wendy Putnam, Steven Ansell, and Michael Reynolds.

Of Concordance, the Boston Musical Intelligencer's Leon Golub wrote that the "piece concludes monumentally with an affirmation of staying power, even as the dance of life moves on, leaving us behind, strangely fulfilled." Read the full review for more details.

The concert was also reviewed by The Boston Globe's Harlow Robinson, proclaiming: "'Concordance' succeeds in creating a deeply philosophical mood and haunting sonic world; it deserves to find a place in the piano quartet repertoire". Read the full review.

[January 29th, 2013]

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Press Release: Yehudi Wyner Joins Concord Chamber Players in January


Works by Ravel, Mozart and Mr. Wyner to be Performed

           

Concord, MA:          The Concord Chamber Music Society will present its winter concert at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27th at the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center.  Musicologist Steven Ledbetter will deliver a pre-concert lecture on the program beginning at 2:00.  CCMS Director and violinist Wendy Putnam, cellist Michael Reynolds and Steven Ansell, Principal Violist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, will be joined by the Pulitzer Prize - winning composer and pianist Yehudi Wyner.  The program includes the Sonata for Violin and Cello by Maurice Ravel, Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K. 493 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the premiere of a new work for piano quartet, Concordance (2012), composed by Yehudi Wyner.  Concordance was commissioned by CCMS with generous support from the Harvard Musical Association.

            Wyner has enjoyed a remarkable career as a composer, soloist, chamber musician, conductor, and teacher.  He was a professor at Yale from 1963 through 1977 where he chaired the composition faculty, was dean of the music department at SUNY-Purchase and has taught at Cornell, Brandeis and Harvard.  From 1975 to 1997 he was a faculty member at the Tanglewood Music Center.  He has composed more than eighty works spanning an extensive range of genres including orchestral and chamber works, solo voice and instrument compositions, choral and theatrical music, and liturgical pieces.

            In addition to the Concord Chamber Music Society commission, Mr. Wyner has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, the BBC Philharmonic, Santa Fe Music Festival, the Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford, and the Fromm and Koussevitsky foundations.  His piano concerto Chiavi in Mano, which the BSO premiered in 2005, garnered a Pulitzer Prize for musical composition.  Wyner’s The Naxos recording of Wyner's The Mirror won a Grammy Award, and he has been the recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships.

            Joining Mr. Wyner will be Wendy Putnam, Steven Ansell and Michael Reynolds, Mr. Reynolds is a cellist and founding member of the Muir String Quartet, and is an accomplished chamber musician and educator who has appeared on stage with several of the world’s great artists including Gil Shaham, Richard Stolzman and Benny Goodman.  Steven Ansell, Principal Violist of the BSO, has received two Grand Prix du Disque awards and has appeared on PBS's "In Performance at the White House."  Ms. Putnam, Director and Founder of CCMS, is also a violinist with the BSO.

Concord Academy is located at 166 Main Street in Concord, MA, one block west of the town center and is a short walk from the Concord Center stop on the MBTA’s Fitchburg commuter rail line.  Free parking is available on Main Street and in the municipal lots on Keyes Road, behind the Post Office on Walden Street and adjacent to the Concord Free Public library.  The facility is handicapped accessible.  Ticket prices are $42 and $33, depending on proximity to the stage ($37 and $28 for seniors and students). 

            Since its inception in 2000, CCMS has become one of the foremost chamber music performance series in the region and is an organization dedicated to bringing distinguished musical artists from all corners of globe to audiences in Concord, Massachusetts.

[January 2nd, 2013]

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Review of the St. Lawrence String Quartet Concert

A review of the second concert of our 2012-2013 season is now available.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer's Brian Schuth praised the St. Lawrence String Quartet as they "brought vivid interpretive imagination to pieces by Haydn, Golijov and Beethoven". He also writes, "This is what live classical performance should be — a display of passion, conviction and intelligence". Read the full review for more details.

[November 26th, 2012]

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Individual Concert Tickets Now on Sale!

If you would like to buy tickets to an individual concert, or an entire season subscription, please proceed to the ticket purchase site or contact us by phone (978-371-9667).

We hope to see you this season!

[August 18, 2012]

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13th Season Subscriptions Now Available!

The Concord Chamber Music Society is now selling season subscriptions for its exciting Thirteenth Season (2012-13).

If you would like to buy a season subscription, please proceed to the ticket purchase site or contact us by mail or phone. Past season subscribers can request their old seats or new seats, and will have seating priority until August 15th, 2012.

Single ticket sales will start on August 15th.

To learn more about our upcoming concerts, please see the performance details information in the Concerts section of the site.

[July 12, 2012]

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2012-2013 Season Schedule Announced!

We're excited to announce our 2012-2013 Season concert Schedule. 

The CCMS 2012-2013 concerts promise to inspire and delight with guest appearances by renowned violinist Joseph Swensen, the acclaimed St. Lawrence String Quartet, and Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, cello and piano duo David Finckel and Wu Han.

The Concord Chamber Players will premiere a new piano quartet by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Yehudi Wyner, and the season will conclude on a lighthearted note with the annual Community Concert, featuring the Trio Cleonice and a program of musical humor.

Season subscriptions will go on sale shortly, stay tuned. Single ticket purchases will be available on August 15th.

We're eager to share this musical season with you and hope to see you there.

[June 30, 2012]

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Reviews of Brentano Quartet concert

Two reviews of our most recent concert are available now.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer's Griesinger writes of the final piece, by Bartok, that "In places the piece was driven by the powerful playing of Nina Lee on cello, but on the whole it was the beauty of the ensemble that made the music so powerfully affecting". There is also a brief examination of the Concord Academy Performing Arts Center acoustics that you may find helpful when selecting seats for next season! Read the full review for more details.

The Boston Globe also reviewed the concert, writing: "It was an excellent performance". Read the full review .

[March 23, 2012]

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Community Concert: Harlem Quartet - Press Release 03.16.2012

Harlem Quartet in Family Concert Featuring Beethoven & the Blues

April 1st @ 2pm

Concord, MA: The Concord Chamber Music Society’s community concert, "Beethoven to the Blues" will take place on Sunday, April 1st at 2:00 p.m. at the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord, MA.  The jazz-inspired program, including music from Beethoven to Marsalis, will be performed by the award-winning Harlem Quartet. Included with ticket purchase are refreshments, an opportunity to meet the musicians, and admission to the Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts Spring Open Studios.  Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

The Harlem Quartet, praised for its "panache" by the New York Times, "is bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent," according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. It is comprised of the most accomplished young musicians of this generation, all winners of the prestigious Sphinx Competition, and has established its mission to advance diversity in classical music while engaging young and new audiences through a varied repertoire.  As the 2010 resident ensemble of the New England Conservatory’s String Quartet Training Program, the Harlem Quartet brings boundless energy and enthusiasm to chamber classics and contemporary works alike, having collaborated with jazz greats such as Chick Corea, Gary Burton and Wynton Marsalis.  In June the quartet will perform, with the Chicago Sinfonietta, the world premiere of West Side Story for string quartet and orchestra, arranged by Randall Craig Fleischer. 

The program includes La Oracion del Toreo by Joaquín Turina, String Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 18 by Ludwig van Beethoven, several compositions by Wynton Marsalis, including Rampart Street Row House Rag, and Billy “Sweet Pea” Strayhorn’s Take the “A” Train.

The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts is located at 40 Stow Street in Concord, a few steps west of the center of town.  The Concord stop on the MBTA commuter rail line from North Station and Porter Square is two blocks away.  Free parking is available adjacent to the facility and on the street, with municipal lots nearby behind the Middlesex Savings Bank and Concord Post Office. The facility is handicapped accessible.  Open seating tickets are $15 for general adult admission and $5 students age 12+. Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

Ticketing information, directions and a program description can be found online at www.concordchambermusic.org or by calling the Concord Chamber Music Society at (978)371-9667.  Seating is limited, so please reserve your tickets early. 

[March 16, 2012]

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Reviews of Zhou (harp) Concert

Two reviews of our most recent concert are available now.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer's Miron praised Zhou and the Concord Chamber Players for their performances. She writes: "The program was fascinating; the guest soloist Jessica Zhou, spectacular". Regarding the concert overall, "the perfect Sunday afternoon included a classy guy, a lovely piece, and great players". Read the full review for more details.

The Arts Fuse also reviewed the concert, writing: "Ms. Putnam and Ms. Zhou were perfectly at home in the style of the music, which is generally driven by a strong, lyrical impulse". Read the full review for a piece by piece account of the program.

[January 26th, 2012]

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A personal note from John Williams

Prior to performing John Williams' La Jolla quartet in the January 15th concert, Wendy Putnam read this personal note from Williams to the audience:

A few years ago at Tanglewood, my friend Cho-Liang Lin suggested that I write a piece for his "Summerfest" chamber music series in La Jolla, California.  The result is this quartet, which was premiered in August of 2011, making the performance this afternoon its second hearing.  

When Wendy Putnam heard about this project, she offered to perform it, and during the recent visit of the BSO to California, she and her colleagues read the piece for me and I was thrilled.  

Wendy, a fabulous violinist and superb leader, assembled the group composed of Mickey Katz, a phenomenal cellist and brilliant addition to the glorious BSO cello section... harpist Jessica Zhou, who couldn't be a more lustrous or inspiring successor to Ann Hobson Pilot... and the peerless Tom Martin, who over the many years I've worked with him, has never produced a note that wasn't breathtakingly beautiful.

The piece is in five movements, and as you will hear, gives prominence to one instrument or another as I explored the sonorities of this fairly unusual and captivating combination.

I hope all present will share some degree of the pleasure I've had in writing this piece, and only my work here in California... not geography, weather or football games... could have kept me away!

Again, special thanks to Wendy and I send my best wishes to all for a joyous afternoon.

John Williams

[January 20th, 2012]

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Review of O'Riley and Putnam Concert

A review of our most recent concert is available now. The Boston Musical Intelligencer's Ehrlich gives a piece by piece account of the afternoon's piano and violin performances, concluding with a Brahms Sonata that "aptly closed an extremely rewarding concert in Concord".

Read the full review for more details.

[November 23rd, 2011]

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CCMS CD debuts to positive reviews

The first recording performed by the Concord Chamber Players has debuted to rave reviews, and we're so proud!

Here is just a sample of the praise we've received for our new classical music recording:

The Boston Globe reviewer decribes the listening experience: "The ensemble is consistently excellent, and the musicians switch into jazzy and bluegrass passages without any Symphony Hall stiffness. The San Francisco label, Reference, has captured a clear sound in Worcester’s famous Mechanics Hall".

Audiophile Audition explains that "The fusion of jazz and classical music often falls flat, but here the two musical disciplines feed off of and energize each other".

WRUV Radio gives a glowing, quick review of the CD stating "Brubeck's pieces of are jazz inflected, Foss' are bluegrassy, and Gandolfi's are abstract and lyrical".

and Positive-Feedback online wrote "This release is receiving my top recommendation even though you may not instantly love every note, every note is beautifully recorded".

[October 19th, 2011]

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Review of our Opening Concert

The opening concert featured Wendy Putnam on violin, with Eliot Fisk and Zaira Meneses on guitar. It was great to see you all again, and we hope you enjoyed the opening concert of our twelfth season.

The Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote up a nice review of the concert. Take a read and let us know what you thought.

[September 22, 2011]

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CCMS CD Now Available!

The CCMS announces the release of its first recording project. It was an exhilarating experience to play in Mechanics Hall, collaborate with Chris Brubeck and Michael Gandolfi, and work with the exceptional Reference Recordings team.

The CD contains recordings of Brubeck's Danza del Soul, Gandolfi's Line Drawings, and Foss's Central Park Reel. The CD is available for purchase at all fine music stores, or online from Amazon,ArkivMusicBest Buy, or directly from Reference Recordings.

Happy listening! 

[June 17, 2011]

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