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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to Present Bach’s Complete Brandenburg Concerti in Chicago

By Louise Burton on Dec 03, 2013 11:24 PM EST

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will perform Bach's complete Brandenburg Concertos at the Harris Theater in Chicago on Wednesday, December 18. This program of all six Brandenburg Concertos is a CMS annual tradition, presented every year in New York to sold-out audiences.

This year, the New York concerts will take place at Alice Tully Hall on December 15 and 17. For the first time, CMS will expand this annual tradition to include Chicago on December 18.

CMS is currently in its third year of residency at the Chicago theater. "When we heard the Harris Theater was looking for a special way to commemorate its 10th anniversary, we couldn't think of anything more celebratory than sharing CMS' annual tradition of performing all of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos on one program with our Chicago audience," said CMS Co-Artistic Director David Finckel.

"These six concerti contain some of the most colorful and festive music in the repertoire, and we are thrilled to bring them to Chicago."

The program will also feature special guest Joseph Lin, first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet and winner of the First Prize at the inaugural Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand. Founded in 2001, this biennial competition has launched the careers of seven world-class talents including Lin.

CMS will present two other concerts during their residency at the Harris Theater this season, including "French Revelations" on March 18, 2014, a program of innovative French music of the 20th century characterized as "faire plaisir" ("giving pleasure").CMS will close out its Harris residency on April 29, 2014 with Beethoven's complete Cello Sonatas. More information about CMS concerts at the Harris Theater is available at harristheaterchicago.org.

 "The Harris Theater's first artistic residency has been a triumph, thanks to the wonderful relationship we've established with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center," said Michael Tiknis, president of the Harris Theater. "The talent, grace and virtuosity of these musicians have been wonderful additions to the great classical offerings that Chicago presents each year. We look forward to expanding this relationship moving forward."

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TagsThe Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Harris Theater, Chicago, Bach, Brandenburg Concertos, Alice Tully Hall, New York, David Finckel, Joseph Lin, Michael Tiknis