St. Cecilia’s chamber music season finale features pianist Wu Han in French mood


Wu Han and other members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will be in concert this week at St. Cecilia Music Center. (Supplied/Lisa-marie Mazzucco)

By St. Cecilia Music Center


It will be an evening of chamber music master musicians playing in the French mood March 16 as St. Cecilia Music Center’s 2016-17 Chamber Music Series concludes with another concert by members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.


The program is titled “French Virtuosity” and featuring Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center co-artistic director and pianist Wu Han performing with colleagues Kristin Lee, Yura Lee and Arnaud Sussman on violins, Richard O’Neill on viola and Nicholas Canellakis on cello.


“Sometimes people have the idea that chamber music concert will be stuffy and that the artists will be unapproachable. This idea can’t be further from the truth!” said Catherine Holbrook, Sty. Cecilia executive director. “The artists from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center are some of the most fun and outgoing people I’ve met. And this exuberance shines through during their exquisite performances. I’m very excited to have Wu Han and these five world class string artists here to engage with our enthusiastic Grand Rapids audience in the intimate Royce Auditorium.”


The program will include Leclair’s  Concerto in E minor for Violin, String Quartet and Continuo, Op. 10, No. 5; Françaix’s Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello; Ravel’s Tzigane, rapsodie de concert for Violin and Piano; and Chausson’s Concerto in D Major for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21”


There will be a pre-concert wine and hors d’oeurves reception from 6-7 p.m. (for a $15 fee), a pre-concert artist talk with the musicians performing that evening moderated by St. Cecilia executive director Catherine Holbrook from 7-7:30 p.m., and a complimentary post-concert wine, coffee and dessert reception for the audience to meet the artists and obtain signed CDs.


For more information and tickets, call 616-459-2224 or visit