NEW YORK – On September 10, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) celebrated its 50th anniversary with the premiere of a new 53-minute documentary film, Transcending: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Celebrates 50 Years, which includes footage from the organization’s 2018 tour of Greece, a major international tour that was part of CMS’s extensive U.S. and international touring programs.
Transcending includes performance clips from the magnificent Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens and the 18th-century Church of Taxiarchon in Milies.
The film provides an uplifting and entertaining narrative that communicates CMS’s importance not only as a chamber music producer and presenter, but also as a beacon for chamber musicians. The film touches on the organization’s beginnings, but more importantly, reveals the passionate commitment and vision of its current leaders. The huge range of initiatives CMS is currently undertaking in North America and globally, both live and in the digital space, include: commissioning new works; developing and supporting young musicians and young audiences; partnering with presenting and educational organizations; and creating a variety of media — films, TV shows, radio shows and online content – to bring chamber music to people all around the world. “But,” says Co-Artistic Director Wu Han, smiling like a proud parent, “It’s also about forming a community around this amazing art form.”
The film will premiere on September 10 at 7PM EDT at https://www.chambermusicsociety.org/about/support/50th-anniversary-celebration and on broadcast and digital platforms around the world.
Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D88eKb3lfGo&feature=youtu.be
On September 8 and 9, in the days leading up to the film’s premiere, The Violin Channel presented a two-day festival, “Celebrating 50 Years of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.” The festival featured eight full-length concerts, two master classes and one lecture from the CMS archive, with introductions from Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han and additional content posted throughout the Festival. For more information and clips, visit www.theviolinchannel.com.