To kick off the fourth season of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s series at Madison’s Drew University, David and Wu Han invited clarinetist David Shifrin to join them for an all-clarinet trio program of Beethoven, Bruch and Brahms. The concert took place in Drew’s state-of-the-art venue, the Concert Hall, with acoustics designed by Jaffe/Holden.
in David’s words…
During our first venture as Artistic Directors, at La Jolla’s SummerFest, we invited David Shifrin and artists from the Chamber Music Society to perform, and in addition to mounting a symposium on the history of the Society, David Shifrin was highlighted in a concert titled “The Extraordinary David Shifrin” during which he played every work on the program, including the clarinet trio by Brahms with us. It was an extraordinary experience that we never forgot, and we have since sought out every occasion to perform as a trio together. At the time, David was the Artistic Director of CMS, where he served with distinction for twelve years, mounting ambitious and innovative projects, expanding the artist roster, and creating the entire CMS Two program.
It has always been a peak experience to play with David, and this program reminded us again of the depth of this musician’s artistry, and instrumental mastery. The four pieces by Bruch, from the set of eight originally for viola with clarinet and piano, were a delight to perform, and we look forward to learning them all.
Before the concert we met on stage for a pre-concert talk for Drew’s lively and interested audience, introducing the music and exchanging information about the composers, and, in this case, the great clarinetists of the past who inspired these marvelous works.