St. Cecilia Music Center to host concert

From left, Arnaud Sussman, Wu Han, Paul Neubauer and David Finckel. Courtesy St. Cecilia Music Center

Four professional musicians and instrumentalists will perform in Grand Rapids.

The Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Center will be accompanied by cellist David Finckel, pianist Wu Han and violinists Arnaud Sussmann and Paul Neubauer for the program, “From Prague to Vienna,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at St. Cecilia Music Center, 24 Ransom Ave. NE.

“We are thrilled and thankful to be celebrating our 10th anniversary with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and are delighted that artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han, along with Arnaud Sussman and Paul Neubauer will be with us for our first CMS concert of the season,” said Cathy Holbrook, executive and artistic director for St. Cecilia Music Center. “We are also thrilled to welcome back our loyal supporters and music lovers in person to experience this exquisite evening with these outstanding musicians.”

Finckel is the co-artistic director of CMS and a cellist for the Grammy Award-winning Emerson String Quartet. His discography includes works composed for him by George Tsontakis, Gabriela Lena Frank, Bruce Adolphe, Lera Auerbach, Augusta Read Thomas and Pierre Jalbert. His orchestral recordings include the Dvorák and Harbison Concertos. He created ArtistLed with Han in 1997, the first internet-based classical label to allow artists to have complete control over repertoire, sound engineering, editing, packaging and presentation.

Han is the co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society and Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival and institute in California. She serves as an artistic adviser for Wolf Trap’s Chamber Music in the Barns series in Virginia and Palm Beach’s Society of the Four Arts in Florida. Han designed and produced more than 200 digital media projects, including concerts and educational programs. She has performed in concerts in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Sussmann is the artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach in Florida and co-director of Music@Menlo’s International Program. He also teaches at Stony Brook University. He was a soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra in Russia, the Vancouver Symphony in Canada and the New World Symphony in Florida.

Sussmann has performed at the Tel Aviv Museum in Israel, London’s Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the White Nights Festival in Russia, the Dresden Music Festival in Germany and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

Neubauer is the artistic director of the Mostly Music series in New Jersey. He also is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College. He is a visiting professor at DePaul University. Neubauer has performed as a soloist with over 100 orchestras, including the New York, Los Angeles and Helsinki philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber and Beethovenhalle orchestras.

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