Director's Message: 16th Season
Welcome to the Concord Chamber Music Society's 16th season! I am pleased that you will be able to share the 2015-2016 series of concerts with us.
It is my great pleasure to welcome back the Juilliard String Quartet on September 27th, with cellist Joel Krosnick in his 42nd and final year with that venerable ensemble. I cherish memories of chamber music coachings with Joel as a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow many summers ago. In their 70th year, the JSQ continues to grow and evolve, recently having released a new app for the iPhone, exploring Schubert's Death and the Maiden Quartet. Check it out on iTunes!
In November and January, the Concord Chamber Players and several of my colleagues in the Boston Symphony Orchestra will collaborate in two programs featuring gems of the chamber music repertoire including the Elgar Piano Quintet, Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, and the Opus 29 String Quintet by Beethoven. We will also explore some less familiar but engaging works: the Phantasy Piano Quartet in one movement by the British composer Frank Bridge and John Corigliano's ebullient Sonata for Violin and Piano. On January 17th, talented young musicians from New England Conservatory's Preparatory Division will provide us with a brief pre-concert chamber music performance.
Finally in March, the inimitable Peter Schickele will return to CCMS with a program of his own music, performed by musicians from the BSO. To conclude this performance, Professor Schickele will narrate his delightful work, "the Emperor’s New Clothes."
As always, the esteemed musicologist Steven Ledbetter will present his highly enjoyable and informative pre-concert lectures, providing insight into the repertoire on our programs.
I look forward to seeing you this fall!
With all best wishes,
Wendy L. Putnam
CCMS Founder and Director