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CMT 2018 Festival: Beethoven Prelude

Message from the Artistic Directors

Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Dear Listener,

We are incredibly excited to welcome you to the eighth annual Chamber Music Today festival, where you will witness unforgettable performances of the greatest masterworks by the world’s finest performers! Every year, we find ourselves brimming with anticipation as the time approaches to return to Seoul for these very special Chamber Music Today performances. This season is no exception, and we are thrilled to share our thematically programmed 2018 festival with you, titled Beethoven Prelude and featuring performances at the Kumho Art Hall Yonsei, the Seoul Arts Center, and the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts.

In preparation for this festival, we have once again assembled an all-star roster of the world’s best artists, traveling straight from the concert stages of New York City’s Lincoln Center to perform for you. In addition to the stellar performers who are returning to CMT this season, including violinist Arnaud Sussmann and cellist Nicholas Canellakis, there are several, additional world-renowned artists we are overjoyed to present to you in their CMT debuts: pianist Gloria Chien, violinist Bella Hristova, violist Mark Holloway, and clarinetist Anthony McGill. We hope that this festival will bring you opportunities to hear your favorite CMT virtuosi perform as well as opportunities to discover new, fantastic artists!

The 2018 festival, Beethoven Prelude, features three unique programs, each beginning with an early work by the monumental composer Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven is unquestionably one of the most, if not the most iconic composer of the Western music tradition, and his lifework has directly inspired countless generations of composers and performers all the way to the present day. While each of the three programs begins with Beethoven, they subsequently move in vastly different artistic directions. Germany and Austria: Roots of Tradition explores the connection between the Germanic and Austrian composition schools through works by Mozart and Mendelssohn, Birth of a Master charts Beethoven’s impact on his German composer contemporaries as well as his influence on French music, and Beethoven Immortal examines the vitality of Beethoven’s legacy – from a work by Schubert composed the year after Beethoven’s death to a piece by living American composer Paul Schoenfield, composed nearly a century and a half later.

As you will find through attending the 2018 Chamber Music Today concerts, there are myriad connections between our beloved Beethoven and the other composers who either came before him or followed in his wake. We invite you to explore these connections with us as we celebrate Beethoven’s legacy in the best way we know how to do so: with fantastic performances at the highest artistic level. We look forward to enjoying all of these performances together with you.

With best wishes,

David Finckel and Wu Han
Co-Artistic Directors, Chamber Music Today