Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center rolls out concert streams

Posted on: March 15, 2021

“Spring programming from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) continues in the virtual realm, a mix of newly recorded material, what CMS dubs ‘newly curated’ archival recordings, and educational programs,” writes Susan Elliott in Friday’s (3/12) Musical America (subscription required). “The season is dedicated to the individual responsible for CMS having an archive at all, the late Gustave M. Hauser, whose eponymous foundation paid for the recording of the group’s performances in Alice Tully Hall starting in 2014. Hauser, who died at 91 on February 14, enabled the Society to be among the first to jump into the digital realm when the pandemic hit last March, having built up a substantial archive at the ready for streaming. Newly created programs will be offered Thursday evenings at 7:30 from April 1 to July 1; educational materials are streamed Monday evenings. CMS points out that it will have presented 117 digital programs since March of 2020 by this season’s end. ‘We know we are reaching more people than ever,’ said Wu Han, who, with husband David Finckel is the Society’s co-artistic director. ‘We see it in the engagement numbers around our website and streaming programs.’… Most of the group’s offerings are free, with registration.”