2020-21 season touring projects


TOUR 1 – “Sensational Strings”  (6 musicians:  Kristin Lee, Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Paul Neubauer, Matthew Lipman, viola; Inbal Segev, Keith Robinson, cello)

Available:  November 7 - 15 2020

Program Description


Beethoven: Quintet for Strings in C minor, Op. 104 (Beethoven’s arrangement of his trio Op. 1/3)

Erwin Schulhoff: Sextet for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Two Cellos


Dvorak: Sextet for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Two Cellos in A major, Op. 48



TOUR 2 – “Magical Schubert”
4 musicians:  Allessio Bax, piano, Gloria Chien, piano, Ben Beilman, violin; David Requrio, cello)

Available:   Jan 16 – 29, 2021
Program Description


Schubert: Fantasie in F minor for Piano, Four Hands, D. 940, Op. 103

Schubert: Fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, D. 934, Op. 159


Schubert: Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello No. 1 in B-flat major, D. 898, Op. 99



TOUR 3 – “Delight and Drama”  
(4 musicians:  Wu Han & Orion Weiss piano; Bella Hristova, violin; Dmitri Atapine, cello)

Available:  March 13 – 21, 2021
Program Description


Arensky: Six Pieces Enfantines, Op. 34 for Piano Four-Hands

Arensky: Trio No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 32


Brahms: Selected Hungarian Dances for Piano, Four Hands

Brahms: Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in C major, Op. 87



TOUR 4 – “The Brahms Effect” (6 musicians:  David Shifrin, clarinet; Radek Baborák, horn; Juho Pohjonen, piano; Paul Huang violin; Matthew Lipman, viola; David Finckel, cello)

Available:  April 17-25, 2021
Program Description


Brahms: Trio in A minor for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 114

Brahms: Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 40


Dohnanyi: Sextet in C major for Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano, Op. 37

January, 2019

Narrative Program Descriptions

Tour 1 – Sensational Strings (Nov 7-15, 2020)

An unusual instrumentation, the string sextet offers listeners a depth of sound and a wealth of texture unlike any other instrumental grouping. CMS presents in “Sensational Strings” two such works, one by beloved composer Antonín Dvořák alongside one by 20th-century master Erwin Schulhoff, both containing rigorous technical demands and emotional depth; add to this Beethoven’s Quintet for Strings in C minor, a shocking sensation in its day, and listeners will be astounded by what an unconventional grouping of strings, in the hands of the best chamber musicians of today, can do.



Tour 2 – Magical Schubert (Jan 16-29, 2021)

Bridging the Classical and Romantic music eras, the prolific Franz Schubert gave the world an astonishing wealth of compositions during his very short 31 years of life. In this program, CMS celebrates Schubert’s magical genius, barely recognized during his lifetime, with three of his most significant chamber music works: the lighthearted fantasy for Violin and Piano in C major, his splendid piano trio in B-flat major, No. 1, Op. 99, and his greatest piano duet, the Fantasie in F minor, a tragically beautiful farewell written during the final months of his life.



Tour 3 – Delight & Drama (March 13-21, 2021)

Four-hand piano pieces bring musicians as close as they can get to the ultimate in collegial music-making. The piano trio, with just one additional musician, generates all the excitement and passion of an entire orchestra. Romantics Brahms and Arensky mine the full range of these two genres to bring listeners an evening that begins with the wonder of childhood and ends with Brahms at the height of his dramatic powers.



Tour 4 – The Brahms Effect (April 17-25, 2021)

 Music’s leading figurehead at the culmination of the Romantic era, Johannes Brahms remains unsurpassed in his emotional range and innovative spirit, both of which laid an inspirational groundwork for a generation of composers to come. One such composer was Hungarian Ernő Dohnányi, whose Sextet in C major owes its formative elements to Brahms. Pair this work with two Brahms trios of profound originality, and audiences will not be able to help but feel moved.