SPAC Announces Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to Return to Saratoga Springs for 2022

Saratoga Performing Arts Center announces that it has once again partnered with Pitney Meadows Community Farm to bring back the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for its annual Saratoga Springs residency in 2022. Slated for Sunday, June 12, through Sunday, August 21, the popular “CMS at the Meadows” series will return for six programs and twelve performances in Pitney Meadows Community Farm’s beautiful, open-air High Tunnel greenhouse.

“One of the highlights of this past summer’s programming was the glorious confluence of stunning music-making in a magnificent natural setting as CMS took the stage in the High Tunnel at Pitney Farm. Thanks to our partners at The Farm, we are excited to be going back there for the summer 2022 season,” says Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s 2022 season at SPAC (June 12- August 21) will feature masterpieces from Beethoven’s “Archduke” Trio to Dvořák’s “American” Quintet, to lesser known gems of the chamber repertoire by an international cast of composers such as ReichaSchoenfieldPoulenc,and Dohnányi. In addition, a special Juneteenth concert will feature SPAC debuts by BIPOC composers Jessie MontgomeryFlorence Price, and William Grant Still.

Artists appearing this summer include Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han, and the acclaimed Escher String Quartet. “We are thrilled to continue our new format of Sunday concerts throughout June, July, and August, giving audiences the opportunity to hear fantastic chamber music all summer. We will be bringing a wide array of virtuosic performers, both returning artists to SPAC and those who will join us there for the first time, among themGerman clarinetist Sebastian Manz, Italian clarinetist Tommaso Lonquich, Brazilian oboist Hugo Souza, Taiwanese-Americanviolist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, and American hornists David Byrd-Marrow and Kevin Rivard. It will be an exciting summer, and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it,” says Finckel and Wu Han.

“Pitney Meadows Community Farm is honored to share our educational and edible landscape once again with our community and such talented artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center through our partnership with SPAC. Guests are provided the unique opportunity of listening to glorious music while watching our mission in action as it unfolds in our farm fields, gardens, and trails,” says Lynn Trizna, Executive Director of Pitney Meadows Community Farm.

To purchase tickets:

Subscriptions to all six programs, at either 3 p.m. or 7 p.m., are available to purchase now at spac.org Subscription packages will be $300-$360 depending on seating location. Single performance tickets will be available to purchase in early March, and will be $55-$65 each.

The series will take place rain or shine at Pitney Meadows Community Farm, under the High Tunnel greenhouse, a large outdoor event space. Performances will all be 90 minutes long with no intermission. Visit spac.org for additional details.

The “CMS at the Meadows” schedule is as follows, with two performances of each program:

Sunday, June 12 @ 3PM & 7PM: Quintessential Quintets

ANI KAVAFIAN, Violin

IDA KAVAFIAN, Violin

PAUL NEUBAUER, Viola

STEVEN TENENBOM, Viola

DAVID FINCKEL, Cello

Mozart: Quintet in G minor for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, K. 516 (1787)

Dvořák: Quintet in E-flat major for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, Op. 97, “American” (1893)

Sunday, June 19 @ 3PM & 7PM: From the Harlem Renaissance to Today  

MSIMELELO MBALI, Bassbaritone

WU QIAN, Piano
STELLA CHEN, Violin

GUILLERMO FIGUEROA, Violin

TIEN-HSIN CINDY WU, Viola
NICHOLAS CANELLAKIS, Cello

Still: Suite for Violin and Piano (1943)

Montgomery: Duo for Violin and Cello (2015)

Price: Quintet in A minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello

Additional vocal works TBA

Sunday, July 10 @ 3PM & 7PM: The Magic of Mixed Ensembles

MICHAEL BROWN, Piano
CHAD HOOPES, Violin

KEITH ROBINSON, Cello

TOMMASO LONQUICH, Clarinet
KEVIN RIVARD, Horn

TBA, Viola

Mozart: Quartet in G minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, K. 478 (1785)

Schoenfield: Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano (1986)

Dohnányi: Sextet in C major for Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano, Op. 37 (1935)

Sunday, July 17 @ 3PM & 7PM: Astounding Winds

JUHO POHJONEN, Piano

ADAM WALKER, Flute

HUGO SOUZA, Oboe

SEBASTIAN MANZ, Clarinet

MARC GOLDBERG, Bassoon

DAVID BYRD-MARROW, Horn

Reicha: Quintet in E minor for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Horn, Op. 88, No. 1 (1811-17)

Beethoven: Quintet in E-flat major for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano, Op. 16 (1796)

FrançaixL’heure du berger for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano (1947)

Poulenc: Sextet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano (1932-39)

Sunday, August 14 @ 3PM & 7PM: The Escher Quartet

ESCHER STRING QUARTET

ADAM BARNETT-HART, Violin

BRENDAN SPELTZ, Violin

PIERRE LAPOINTE, Viola

BROOK SPELTZ, Cello

Haydn: Quartet in B-flat major for Strings, Hob. III:78, Op. 76, No. 4, “Sunrise” (1797)

Walker: Lyric for String Quartet (1946)

Webern: Langsamer Satz for String Quartet (1905)

Dvořák: Quartet in E-flat major for Strings, Op. 51 (1878-79)

Sunday, August 21 @ 3PM & 7PM: Beethoven’s Archduke

WU HAN, Piano

ARNAUD SUSSMANN, Violin

DAVID FINCKEL, Cello

Beethoven: Trio in C minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 1, No. 3 (1794-95)

Beethoven: Trio in B-flat major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 97, “Archduke” (1810-11)

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