GRAND RAPIDS, MI (February 14, 2014) - This year marks the second year of an exciting partnership between St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. The March 6 concert will feature The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's co-artistic director and internationally renowned cellist David Finckel performing with four other internationally known classical musicians, Juho Pohjonen, piano; Kristin Lee, violin; Arnaud Sussmann, violin and Paul Neubauer, violist.



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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Returns to St. Cecilia Music Center on March 6th with Five World-Renowned Classical Chamber Music Musicians

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (February 14, 2014) - This year marks the second year of an exciting partnership between St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City. The March 6 concert will feature The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's co-artistic director and internationally renowned cellist David Finckel performing with four other internationally known classical musicians, Juho Pohjonen, piano; Kristin Lee, violin; Arnaud Sussmann, violin and Paul Neubauer, violist. The program includes Dvorak's Terzetto in C Major for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 74 (1887), Schumann's Trio No. 2 in F Major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 80 (1847) and Hungarian composer Erno Dohnanyi's Quintet No. 1 in C minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola and Cello, Op. 1 (1895).

Tickets for the March 6 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center concert are $40 for an A section seat and $35 for a B section seat. Student tickets are $10. The concert will be followed by a complimentary post-concert reception to meet the five artists. St. Cecilia also offers a pre-concert reception for $15 that includes wine and hors d'oeuvres. Reservations available by calling 616-459-2224 or visiting St. Cecilia Music Center at 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, 49503. Tickets can be also purchased online at

According to Cathy Holbrook, Executive Director of St. Cecilia Music Center. "St. Cecilia Music Center, through our collaboration with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, is excited to bring New York City to Grand Rapids for a second year of top quality chamber music performances. St. Cecilia Music Center has become known as one of the premier presenters of great music in the region. Last year we began this exciting partnership with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and their Artist Directors David Finckel and Wu Han. That means that SCMC and Grand Rapids is one of only a handful of institutions and cities in America that have the most prominent cultural organization in the country programming for our audiences. We've always coined our series ‘Great music right here at home" and that is more relevant than ever with this NYC2GR series."

Holbrook adds, "These concerts feature the best chamber musicians in the world in thoughtful and unique programs that can be heard in Royce Auditorium and at Lincoln Center. This is a very unique partnership and a wonderful testament to St. Cecilia Music Center's acoustically superb Royce Auditorium and to Grand Rapids as a cultural destination for artists from around the world."

St Cecilia Music Center - 2013-14 Performance Season
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center series (remaining concerts)
• • David Finckel performs Dvorák, Schumann and Dohnányi with CMS musicians
Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
• • Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and a U.S. Premiere of work by Zhou Long
Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Other Concert Series at St. Cecilia Music Center in 2014

St. Cecilia Music Center's Jazz Series (remaining concerts)
• • Gregory Porter, jazz vocalist
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
• • Regina Carter, jazz violin "Southern Comfort"
Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Fresh Folk Series (remaining concerts)
• • Ralston Bowles and Friends & The Northern Skies
Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm

St. Cecilia Music Center's mission is to promote the study, appreciation and
performance of music in order to enrich the lives of West Michigan residents.

The Center fulfills this mission by
presenting visiting world-class artists in concert,
providing music education for all ages through our School of Music and
preserving a historic building for musical activities and community events

Performers - Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center March 6, 2014 Concert

Cellist David Finckel is also Co-artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He was named Musical America's 2012 Musician of the Year and leads a multifaceted career as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, administrator, and cultural entrepreneur that places him in the ranks of today's most influential classical musicians. He has been hailed as a "world class soloist" (Denver Post) and "one of the top ten , if not the top five cellists in the world today." (Nordwest Zeitung, Germany). As a chamber musician, he appears extensively with duo partner pianist Wu Han and in a piano trio alongside Emerson String Quartet violinist Philip Setzer. David Finckel served as cellist of the Grammy award-winning Emerson String Quartet for 34 seasons. In 1997 David Finckel and Wu Han launched ArtistLed, classical music's first musician-directed and internet-based recording company, whose catalogue of 16 albums has won widespread critical praise. Along with Wu Han, he is the founder and artistic director of Music@Menlo, Silicon Valley's acclaimed chamber music festival and institute, and is artistic director for Chamber Music Today in Seoul, Korea. In 2012, David Finckel was named honoree and artistic director of The Mendelssohn Fellowship, an initiative set on expanding the presence of chamber music in Korea. Under the auspices of the Chamber Music Society, David Finckel and Wu Han established the LG Chamber Music School. The first American student of Rostropovich, David Finckel serves on the faculty at The Juillard School and Stony Brook University. David Finckel and Wu Han inaugurated a special chamber music program at Aspen Music Festival and School in 2013.

Pianist Juho Pohjonen is widely praised for his broad range of repertoire. He has attracted great attention as one of Finland's most intriguing and talented pianists. Season highlights for 2013 - 2014 include a performance in Detroit with the Danish String Quartet followed by a recital of works by Mozart, Scriabin, Liszt, and Beethoven; debut appearances with the Louisiana Philharmonic; a return performance with London's Philharmonia Orchestra; and a recital in Antwerp, Belgium. Last season he performed with the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Bournemouth Symphony, and the Iceland Symphony. In the US he made his debut at the Aspen Music Festival performing Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles with Robert Spano. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Danish National, Malmö, Finnish Radio Symphony, Swedish Radio Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Lahti Symphony, with which he toured Japan. 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. The winner of numerous prizes in both Finnish and international competitions, he was selected by András Schiff as winner of the Klavier Festival Ruhr Scholarship in 2009. Mr. Pohjonen has studied with Meri Louhos and Hui-Ying Liu at the Sibelius Academy, where he completed his master's degree in 2008. He is an Artist of the Chamber Music Society and a former member of CMS Two.

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Arnaud Sussmann is a multi-faceted and compelling artist who has performed as a soloist throughout the United States, Central America, Europe, and Asia, and at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museum and the Louvre Museum. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Stamford Symphony, and the Orchestre des Pays de la Loire. Recent engagements include a solo tour of Israel, concerto appearances at the Dresden Music Festival, in Alice Tully Hall and at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and a television performance on PBS for Live From Lincoln Center. His festival appearances include Mainly Mozart, Moritzburg, Caramoor, Music@Menlo, Bridgehampton, Strings in the Mountains, New Harmony, and the Moab Music Festival. The winner of several international competitions and prizes, Mr. Sussmann has recorded for Naxos, Albany Records, CMS Studio Recordings, and Deutsche Grammophon's DG Concert Series. His first solo CD, of the three Brahms sonatas with pianist Orion Weiss, will be released in the summer of 2013 for the Telos Music Label. He studied with Boris Garlitsky and Itzhak Perlman, who chose him to be a Starling Fellow, an honor qualifying him as Mr. Perlman's teaching assistant for two years. Mr. Sussmann is a former member of CMS Two and a current Artist of the Chamber Music Society.

Violinist Kristin Lee enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has performed concertos with orchestras throughout the US and abroad, including 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 Salon de Virtuosi at Steinway Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre in Paris, the Kumho Art Gallery in her native Seoul, and throughout northern Italy. A winner of Juilliard's Concerto Competition and the Aspen Music Festival's Violin Competition, she was a top prize winner of the 2012 Naumburg Competition, Astral Artists Auditions in 2010, and Italy's Premio di Trieste Competition in 2011. Upcoming highlights include performances at the Strathmore Series in Maryland, and solo appearances with the Temple University Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has made appearances at the Ravinia Festival, Music@Menlo, Sarasota, Festival Mozaic, Festicamara de Medellin, and the Perlman Music Program. Ms. Lee earned a master's degree from The Juilliard School in 2010 under Itzhak Perlman and Donald Weilerstein and served as an assistant teacher in Mr. Perlman's studio. She is an Artist of the Chamber Music Society, a former member of CMS Two, and on the faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens College.

Violist Paul Neubauer's exceptional musicality and effortless playing distinguish him as one of his generation's quintessential artists. Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he is the chamber music director of the OK Mozart Festival in Oklahoma and the "Chamber Music Extravaganza" in Curaçao. Upcoming projects include the world premiere of a new viola concerto by Aaron Jay Kernis with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra as well as performances with the Emerson Quartet at Carnegie Hall. A two-time Grammy nominee, he recorded works by Schumann with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott as well as numerous pieces that were composed for him: Joan Tower's Purple Rhapsody for viola and orchestra and Wild Purple for solo viola; Viola Rhapsody, a concerto by Henri Lazarof; and Soul Garden for viola and chamber ensemble by Derek Bermel. His recording of the Walton Viola Concerto was re-released on Decca. He has appeared with over 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber and Beethovenhalle orchestras. He gave the world premiere of the revised Bartók Viola Concerto as well as concertos by Tower, Penderecki, Picker, Jacob, Lazarof, Suter, Müller-Siemens, Ott, and Friedman and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College. Mr. Neubauer has been an Artist of the Chamber Music Society since 1989.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is one of eleven constituents 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, in Alice Tully Hall. Through its performance, education, and recording/broadcast activities, it draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind.

CMS presents annual series of concerts and educational events for listeners ranging from connoisseurs to chamber music newcomers of all ages. Performing repertoire from over three centuries, and numerous premieres by living composers, CMS offers programs curated to provide listeners a comprehensive perspective on the art of chamber music. The performing artists of CMS, a multi-generational and international selection of expert chamber musicians, constitute an evolving repertory company capable of presenting chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period. Its annual activities include a full season of concerts and events, national and international tours, nationally televised broadcasts on Live From Lincoln Center, a radio show broadcast nationwide, and regular appearances on American Public Media's Performance Today.

In 2004, CMS appointed cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han artistic directors. They succeed founding director Charles Wadsworth (1969-89), Fred Sherry (1989-93), and David Shifrin (1993-2004).

Dedicated to developing the chamber music leaders of the future, CMS created CMS Two, the highly regarded and rigorously competitive three-season residency for the most important chamber music ensembles and individuals, that fully integrates CMS Two artists into every facet of CMS activities. Each year, a number of CMS Two alumni are invited to become CMS Season Artists and Guest Artists, and many of the world's leading artists, such as pianist Lang Lang, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, flutist Tara Helen O'Connor, violinist Hilary Hahn, and many others are alumni of the program. A Season Artist with CMS since he completed the program in 2011-12, CMS Two alumnus cellist Nicholas Canellakis wrote: "There isn't a single musical organization in the country that helps young musicians like the Chamber Music Society does with its CMS Two program."

In 2004, CMS appointed cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han artistic directors. They succeed founding director Charles Wadsworth (1969-89), Fred Sherry (1989-92), and David Shifrin (1992-2004).

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