By K.D. Norris
The St. Cecilia Music Center unveiled its beautiful renovations last week and will draw the curtain this week with its 2016-17 season debut, the first of three visits by members of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Already called “one of the greatest halls for chamber music in the world,” upgrades to St. Cecilia’s Royce Auditorium will be on full display Thursday, Nov. 10, when the chamber music players of the CMS of Lincoln Center present “Destination Vienna,” including the works of Mozart, Schoenberg and Brahms.
“This concert will showcase our ‘world class performance hall’ with world class musicians performing in a newly renovated setting,” according to SCMC executive director Cathy Holbrook. “The sound will be breathtaking and the audience will love our visual transformation of the hall, lobby, ballroom and entire facility.”
Chamber music artists performing include artistic director of CMS of Lincoln Center and cellist David Finckel as well as violinists Sean Lee and Alexander Sitkovetsky, violists Matthew Lipman and Richard O’Neill and cellist Keith Robinson.
The program includes Mozart’s “Quintet in C minor for Two Violins, Two Violas and Cello,” Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) for Two Violins, Two Violas and Two Cellos,” and Brahms’ “Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major for Two Violins, Two Violas and Two Cellos.”
The evening will include a pre-concert wine and hors d’oeurves reception from 6-7 p.m. in the 2nd floor newly renovated ballroom for $15; a pre-concert artist talk with musicians performing that evening, and a complimentary post-concert wine, coffee and dessert reception for the audience to meet the six artists and obtain signed CDs of their releases.
For more information, call 616-459-2224 or visit scmc-online.org.