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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Performs Russian Spirit April 14

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The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State concludes its season with seven string players from the musician roster of New York City’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing Russian Spirit at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Schwab Auditorium.
The program, which features three works by Russian-born composers, includes Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins and Lera Auerbach’s Sextet for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Two Cellos (2011), co-commissioned by the Center for the Performing Arts through its membership in the national presenter consortium Music Accord. The Auerbach work was written for pairing with the final piece on the program, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s lyrical Sextet for Two Violins, Two Violas and Two Cellos, Souvenir de Florence.
Tickets are $38 for an adult, $15 for a University Park student and $31 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Tickets Downtown in the Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.
The concert features Chamber Music Society violinists Shmuel Ashkenazi, Erin Keefe and Yura Lee; violists Beth Guterman and Paul Neubauer; and cellists Nicolas Alstaedt and Fred Sherry.
The multigenerational musicians of the Chamber Music Society, one of a dozen constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, perform in New York City at Alice Tully Hall and on tours throughout the world. The society’s musicians also perform on nationally televised broadcasts of Live From Lincoln Center, a national radio show, and American Public Media’s Performance Today.
The repertory company forms a seemingly endless assortment of musician configurations to perform chamber works of various styles and time periods covering more than three centuries.
“Those fearful of contemporary music may think of it as dry, cerebral, atonal and scary,” writes Washington Post reporter Anne Midgette. “But Lera Auerbach, a Russian-born composer, delivers lots of fire and passion in music that is generally tonal. Indeed, she offers 18th-century forms and a 19th-century sensibility (that of the brilliant virtuoso) expressed in a 21st-century vocabulary.”
Auerbach was born in Chelyabinsk, a city in the Ural Mountains on the border with Siberia. Twenty years ago, while in her late teens, she moved to New York City. She continues to live there and in Hamburg, Germany. She earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in piano performance and composition at The Juilliard School.
Norma and Ralph Condee Chamber Music Endowment underwrites the presentation. WPSU-FM is the media sponsor. Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist, is offered in Schwab one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.