Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 7:30 pm
Tickets:  $50; $10 for patrons 30 years old and younger

Celebrating their 50th Anniversary Season as the nation’s premier repertory company for chamber music, thirteen artists will join FCM for a program entitled “New World Spirit,” including David Finckel on cello, Gloria Chien on piano, and David Shifrin on clarinet.  “One of the world’s most distinguished chamber ensembles.”  -- Star Tribune

New World Spirit

This concert celebrates the intrepid American spirit by featuring two pairs of composers that shaped the course of American music. Harry T. Burleigh was a star student of Dvořák at the National Conservatory in New York. A talented composer and singer, he exposed the Czech composer to American spirituals and was in turn encouraged by Dvořák to perform his native African-American folk music. Two generations later, Copland and Bernstein conceived a clean, clear American sound that conveys the wonder and awe of open spaces and endless possibilities.

"… this was a superb concert by some of the best in the business. It's actually a touch intimidating to witness this kind of virtuosity." Bill Robinson of Classical Voice of North Carolina

Gates Hall
6:30 - 7:00 PM

Join us at 6:30 PM for a pre-concert talk, led by arts journalist Marc Shulgold with special guest, CMSLC clarinetist David Shifrin.  Learn about Dvořák's part in the "American sound," composer Harry Burleigh, and how the rise of ragtime paved the way for the birth of jazz—and Bernstein's Clarinet Sonata.

Click here to view complete concert program.

Dvorák's Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97


  • Harry Burleigh: Southland Sketches for violin and piano
  • Antonin Dvorak: Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97
  • Leonard Bernstein: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
  • Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring Suite for Ensemble

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