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11/4/2013 2:53:00 PM
The Solzhenitsyn Steinway
Piano rolls out for inaugural concert featuring Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center members Amaud Sussman, Kristin Lee, Paul Neubuer, David Finckle and Juho Pojonen will perform for Chamber Music Sedona on Sunday, Nov. 10.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center members Amaud Sussman, Kristin Lee, Paul Neubuer, David Finckle and Juho Pojonen will perform for Chamber Music Sedona on Sunday, Nov. 10.

Chamber Music Sedona rolls-out its recently acquired Steinway D Piano Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2:30 p.m. as it presents The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road. The concert is made possible with support from Birgit & Werner Loewenstein and Kathy and Peter Wege.

"Chamber Music Sedona, its trustees, staff and membership is delighted to open our concert season with this prestigious ensemble," said CMS director Bert Harclerode. "To have this superlative quintet with us combined with the roll-out of our truly magnificent piano, previously owned by pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn during his tenure at the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, is a once in a lifetime thrill we're so looking forward to." The concert will be preceded by the screening of "Note by Note" the Making of Steinway L1037 Thursday in partnership with Sedona Film Festival.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is one of eleven const ituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. Along with other constituents such as the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society has its home at Lincoln Center. CMS presents chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period in its extensive concert season in New York, its national tours, its many recordings and national radio broadcasts, its broad commissioning program, and its multi-faceted educational programs. The artistic core of CMS is a multi-generational, dynamic repertory company of expert chamber musicians who form an evolving musical community. As part of that community, the CMS Two program discovers and weaves into the artistic fabric a select number of highly gifted young artists - individuals and ensembles - who embody the great performance traditions of the past while setting new standards for the future.

Artist members performing Nov. 10 include violinists Arnaud Sussman and Kristin Lee, violist Paul Neubauer, CMS co-artistic director and cellist David Finckle, and pianist Juho Pojonen. Their program, The Romantic Epicenter, highlights music's Romantic Era when it reached its climax in the second half of the 19th century. The program captures the rich textures and raw emotion of the period. Three pinnacle works-Dvořák's resplendently glowing Terzetto, Schumann's probing and lyrical piano trio, and Brahms' stunning piano quintet-epitomize the era and its musical outpouring.

Violinist Kristin Lee enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has performed concertos with the Saint Louis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, Ural Philharmonic of Russia, Pusan Philharmonic, and Korean Broadcast Symphony.

As a recitalist, she has performed at Ravinia's Rising Stars Series, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, the Kumho Art Gallery, and throughout northern Italy. She premiered Vivian Fung's Violin Concerto in 2011, and recorded it for the Naxos label.

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Arnaud Sussmann is a multi-faceted and compelling artist. He has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Smithsonian Museum, and the Louvre. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, Monaco Chamber Orchestra, El Salvador National Symphony Orchestra, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. He recorded works of Beethoven and Dvořák with CMS Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han.

Paul Neubauer's exceptional musicality and effortless playing distinguish him as one of his generation's quintessential artists. At age 21 he became the youngest principal string player in the history of the New York Philharmonic and he has appeared with over 100 orchestras throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has premiered concertos by Tower, Penderecki, Picker, Jacob, Lazarof, and Friedman. He is the chamber music director of the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville, Okla.

Cellist David Finckel is internationally recognized as an orchestral soloist, duo recitalist, and cellist of the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet. Named Musical America's 2012 Musicians of the Year with pianist Wu Han, he serves as co-artistic director of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Chamber Music Today Festival in Korea, and Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival in the San Francisco Bay area. His wide-ranging musical activities also include the launch of ArtistLed, classical music's first musician-directed, Internet-based recording company.

Juho Pohjonen has attracted great attention as one of Finland's most intriguing and talented pianists. He recently performed at Carnegie's Zankel Hall and debuted at the Mostly Mozart Festival, where he performed three solo recitals and two orchestral concerts featuring Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23. His debut recording, Plateaux, features works by Scandinavian composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and his recital at the 2010 Music@Menlo Festival led to a recording for the Music@Menlo Live series.

A pre-concert talk will take place 1:45-2:15 p.m. in the main SPAC theater presented by Edward Ingraham. "Not only is the CMSLC program fascinating, but the inaugural concert on the Steinway D adds a dimension unique to this occasion," said Ingraham. "I think those that attend will be quite enthralled."

Tickets are $40 reserved and $20 general admission and may be purchased on line at, by phone at (928) 204-2415 or the day of the performance.

Chamber Music Sedona's 31st season is made possible with support from the City of Sedona, The Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sedona Community Foundation and WESTAF.

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