The Miró Quartet, a professional classical string quartet based in Austin, Texas, is among the internationally touring groups that will perform during the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s debut season at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
The Chamber Music Society, under the direction of pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel, will run a two-week chamber music festival at Spa Little Theatre from Aug. 11-26. The festival was previously known as the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival and led by violinist Chantal Julliet.
The new festival features six diverse concert programs featuring masterworks by Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms and Mendelssohn, an all-French program, and lesser known works, such as contemporary composer George Tsontakis’s "KnickKnacks for Violin and Viola."
Performers include pianists Wu Han and Anne-Marie McDermott; violinists Benjamin Beilman, Kristin Lee, Alexander Sitkovetsky and Arnaud Sussmann; violists Yura Lee, Paul Neubauer and Richard O’Neill; cellists David Finckel and Paul Watkins; double bassist Joseph Conyers; flutist Tara Helen O’Connor; harpist Bridget Kibbey; and the Miró Quartet (Daniel Ching, William Fedkenheuer, violin; John Largess, viola; Joshua Gindele, cello).
“CMS at SPAC affords us a genuinely thrilling opportunity: to present concerts for the first time in a true summer festival style, filled with joyous and beautiful music from start to finish,” Finckel and Han said in a joint statement. “And we are equally delighted to introduce to the Saratoga Springs community our burgeoning family of phenomenal musicians, which comes together from around the world to perform exclusively for the festival.”
The Chamber Music Society — along with the New York City Ballet and the New York Philharmonic — is one of 11 resident performance groups in residency at Lincoln Center. Now in its 45th year, CMS has a repertoire of music from more than three centuries, and premieres by living composers. Finckel and Han, who are married, have been artistic directors of the group since 2004.
With the launch of the CMS summer residency, SPAC is unveiling a new subscription package, which offers a $5 per ticket discount to people buying tickets to three or more CMS performances.
Regular price tickets range are $45 and $40 and go on sale Monday for SPAC members and Feb. 10, at spac.org.
Monday, Aug. 11, 8 p.m.: Pianists Wu Han and Anne-Marie McDermott; violinists Benjamin Beilman and Alexander Sitkovetsky; violist Paul Neubauer; cellist David Finckel.
Beethoven, “Trio in G major”; Barber, “Souvenirs for Piano, Four Hands”; Dvorák, “Quintet in A major.”
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 8 p.m.: Pianists Wu Han and Anne-Marie McDermott; violinists Benjamin Beilman and Alexander Sitkovetsky; violist Paul Neubauer; cellist David Finckel; and double bassist Joseph Conyers.
Mozart, “Quartet in E-flat major; Kodály, “Serenade”; Mendelssohn, “Sextet in D major.”
Sunday, Aug. 17, 3 p.m.: Miró Quartet.
Three of Beethoven’s Razumovsky” (or Russian) string quartets.
Tuesday, Aug. 19, 8 p.m.: Miró Quartet, with Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Kirsten Johnson, viola.
Mozart, “Quintet in G minor”; Weber, “Quintet in B-flat major”
Sunday, Aug. 24, 3 p.m.: Wu Han, piano; Kristin Lee, Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Yura Lee, viola; Paul Watkins, cello; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Bridget Kibbey, harp.
Saint-Saens, “Fantasie in A Major”; Debussy, “Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp”; Tournier, “Suite for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello and Harp,” Fauré, “Quartet No. 2 in G Minor.”
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m.: Wu Han, piano; Kristin Lee, Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Yura Lee, Richard O’Neill, viola; David Finckel, Paul Watkins, cello.
Beethoven, “Trio in E-flat major”; Tsontakis, “KnickKnacks for Violin and Viola”; Brahms, “Sextet No. 2 in G major.”