The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, responding to the growing popularity of casual listening environments, inaugurated a new variation of its Rose Series concerts, Late Night Rose. Beginning at 9:30, audience members seated at tables enjoyed complimentary wine, commentary by series host Patrick Castillo, and a concert of music by the two Schumanns, Clara and Robert.
in David’s words…
With an elegant room of our own, intimate and with excellent acoustics, the temptation to mount a new series of salon-style concerts finally proved irresistible. So, following a 6:30 Rose Studio concert (in standard seating configuration), the energetic and fearless CMS production staff attacked the room, and in under half an hour turned it into a sublime café environment, complete with round tables, candles and reduced lighting. The atmosphere was magical, and the long line of ticket-holders was soon after admitted into a Rose Studio the likes of which they had never seen.
Another significant feature of Late Night Rose is the presence of a concert host, a new addition among CMS offerings. Long-time ArtistLed Artistic Administrator Patrick Castillo was a natural choice: Patrick has been hosting and leading more events at Music@Menlo every summer, and has naturally grown into a knowledgeable and entertaining public personality.
The program featured two extraordinary works: Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio, an under-valued composition that deserves much more exposure on the concert stage, and her husband Robert’s beloved Piano Quartet. With insights from Patrick, coupled with brief demonstrations of noteworthy excerpts by the musicians, the audience’s appetite was whetted, and their attention focused. Plus, a complimentary glass of wine helped everyone relax and enjoy the company of neighbors at their tables.
The players, who all delivered stunning performances, were violinist Yura Lee, violist Paul Neubauer, cellist Andreas Brantelid, and pianist Juho Pohjonen.
The Late Night Rose series is streamed live on the internet via the CMS web site: www.chambermusicsociety.org. The next concert in the series is January 13th at 9:30pm, and will feature performances of Benjamin Britten’s Phantasy Quartet for oboe and strings, plus the immortal Schubert Cello Quintet. Performers include violinists Kristin Lee and Yura Lee, violist Beth Guterman, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and yours truly. Don’t miss it!