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“Winter Festival” Revives 50th Anniversary Milestone Concerts Cancelled Due to the Pandemic


New York: EMBARGOED Until Tue May 4 at 10 am EDT — The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) announces its long-awaited return to live concerts in Alice Tully Hall for the 2021-2022 Season with 30 concerts, comprising more than 94 unique works, 14 of which have never before been presented by CMS on the Alice Tully Hall stage. A large part of the season is dedicated to reviving almost all of the concerts that would otherwise have been lost due to the pandemic. CMS made the commitment to both artists and audiences to bring those concerts to fruition in a later season, and is proud to be offering them over the coming months.

Throughout the pandemic, CMS played a leadership role in the chamber music world by quickly pivoting to digital content and drawing on its vast HD archive to create a rich schedule of online offerings under the umbrella CMS Front Row. At the same time, the organization committed to supporting its musicians both nancially and emotionally by providing fee-paying opportunities that would help keep them solvent and connected to their life’s work. CMS created performing and speaking opportunities for its artists as part of the extensive slate of digital programming launched during the pandemic. In addition, CMS paid artists 50% of the fees they would have earned on cancelled concerts, and as those concerts are rescheduled this coming year, CMS will pay artists an additional 75% of their fees, for a total of 125%. 

CMS also offered its digital concerts to local presenters and venues around the U.S. and in Canada through Front Row: National. More than 60 chamber music presenters around North America have presented over 400 local CMS streaming events to their audiences this season, keeping audiences and presenters connected to each other and the music.  Lily Carbone, Communications and Marketing Manager at Performance Santa Fe, said, “There are just not many producing organizations that were prepared to meet this digital need with as much quality and speed as CMS did. Plus, people really enjoyed getting to know the artists and hearing how they were coping with the pandemic [through CMS’s newly recorded interviews and video material].” Kerryn Booth, Executive Director of Chamber Music Houston, said, “If not for the CMS streams, I really think I would have lost people. It would have been terrible if we had kept silent all year."