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Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts Announces “Front Row: National” 2021 Spring Online Performances

Chamber Music at The Barns x Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Digital Chamber Music Programs Presented in Partnership with Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Bring Top Artists Into Wolf Trap Viewers’ Homes



Vienna, Virginia (December 15, 2020)Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) announce spring 2021 digital programming, continuing the successful Front Row: National series initially launched in October 2020.


Wolf Trap recently announced that it would not be hosting live performances this spring, including the Chamber Music at The Barns series, due to continued concerns stemming from the pandemic. Instead, four digital chamber music offerings will be presented between January and April 2021.


“Music provides solace during dark times. It allows us to express sentiments too profound for words. It inspires. It comforts,” said Lee Anne Myslewski, Vice President for Opera and Classical Programming. “How fitting that now, during a winter strewn with discontent, solitude, and struggle, we rely on musicians to provide a balm to soothe the ragged edges of our souls. Our brilliant friend and collaborator Wu Han, and the masterful musicians of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center lead us towards the light and warmth of spring with four more intimate performances from their Front Row: National series.”


The winter 2021 Front Row: National programming begins on Jan. 17 with a program that features themes from the operatic masterwork Rigoletto: David Shifrin’s clarinet lends voice to the passion and pathos of Verdi’s original characters in this tribute by Luigi Bassi.


This 2021 spring season will present a carefully curated menu of concerts selected from CMS’s acclaimed Front Row: National series. Wu Han, Chamber Music at The Barns Artistic Advisor and Co-Artistic Director for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, has developed an exceptional menu of virtuosic performances including:


Sun., Jan. 17, David Shifrin, clarinet*

  • Mozart: Quintet in A major for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello, K. 581 (1789)
    David Shifrin, clarinet; Danbi Um, violin; Bella Hristova, violin; Mark Holloway, viola; and Dmitri Atapine, cello
  • Bassi: Concert Fantasia on Themes from Verdi’s Rigoletto for Clarinet and Piano
    David Shifrin, clarinet with Gloria Chien, piano
  • Ellington: Clarinet Lament for Clarinet and Piano (1936) (arr. David Schiff)
    David Shifrin, clarinet with Gloria Chien, piano

Fri., Feb. 5, Gloria Chien, piano*

  • Field: Nocturne No. 2 in C minor for Piano (1812)
    Gloria Chien, piano
  • Liszt: Grand duo concertant sur la romance de ‘Le Marin’ for Violin and Piano (1835)
    Benjamin Beilman, violin and Gloria Chien, piano
  • Mendelssohn: Quartet in C minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 1 (1822)
    Gloria Chien, piano; Sean Lee, violin; Richard O’Neill, viola; and Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello

Fri., Mar. 12, Arnaud Sussmann, violin*

  • Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 (1720)
    Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Sooyun Kim, flute; Tara Helen O'Connor, flute; Bella Hristova, violin; Francisco Fullana, violin; Richard O'Neill, viola; Dmitri Atapine, cello; Xavier Foley, bass; and Hyeyeon Park, piano-harpsichord
  • Chausson: Concerto in D major for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21 (1889-91)
    Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Wu Han, piano; Kristin Lee, violin; Yura Lee, violin; Richard O'Neill, viola; and Nicholas Canellakis, cello

Fri., Apr. 9, Anne-Marie McDermott, piano*

  • Mozart: Concerto in D minor for Piano, Flute, and Strings, K. 466 (1785) (arr. Carl Czerny)
    Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Tara Helen O'Connor, flute; Sean Lee, violin; Bella Hristova, violin; Paul Neubauer, viola; Mihai Marica, cello; and Timothy Cobb, bass
  • Smetana: Trio in G minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 15 (1855, rev. 1857)
    Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Ida Kavafian, violin; and Gary Hoffman, cello


*Streaming performance live date. The Sunday concert goes live at 3:00 p.m. ET and all Friday concerts go live at 7:30 p.m. ET. Each concert includes an introduction of the artist and a pre-recorded Q & A after the performance. All performances will be available for a five day period following the initial stream.


Chamber Music at The Barns, originally billed as The Discovery Series, was established in 1986 and features world-class artists in an intimate, accessible and acoustically excellent setting. The performance series has welcomed audiences to interact with artists through intermission question-and-answer sessions and post-performance receptions. This tradition will continue with all digital chamber music performances.


The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is known for the extraordinary quality of its performances, its inspired programming, and for setting the benchmark for chamber music worldwide; no other chamber music organization does more to promote, educate and foster a love of and appreciation for the art form. Together, Wolf Trap and CMS will continue to bring audiences the very best international artists from an ever-expanding roster of musicians, providing Washington, D.C. metro audiences with exceptional and exhilarating concert experiences.


All Chamber Music at The Barns in-person performances are recorded for national broadcast on “Center Stage from Wolf Trap,” an hour-long program hosted by Classical WETA and broadcast to approximately 250 National Public Radio affiliate stations nationally. ”Center Stage from Wolf Trap” is hosted by on-air personality Rich Kleinfeldt and Lee Anne Myslewski, Wolf Trap's Vice President for Opera and Classical Programming.



The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is one of eleven constituents of the largest performing arts complex in the world, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which includes the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera. With its home in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, CMS is known for the extraordinary quality of its performances and its programming, and for setting the benchmark for chamber music worldwide. Through its many performance, education, recording, and broadcast activities, it brings the experience of great chamber music to more people than any other organization of its kind. Under the leadership of Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han, CMS presents a wide variety of concert series and educational events for listeners of all ages, appealing to both connoisseurs and newcomers. The performing artists constitute a revolving multi-generational and international roster of the world’s finest chamber musicians, enabling CMS to present chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period. Annual activities include a full season in New York, as well as on national and international tours. CMS continues its leadership position in the digital arena, reaching hundreds of thousands of listeners around the globe each season with live streaming, more than 750 hours of performance and education videos free to the public on its website, a 52-week public radio series across the US, radio programming in Hong Kong and mainland China, appearances on American Public Media, the new monthly program In Concert with CMS on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel, and performances featured on Medici.tv, Tencent, and SiriusXM’s Symphony Hall channel.


Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the greater Washington area, as well as nationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located adjacent to the Foundation’s Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated year-round by Wolf Trap Foundation, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.


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