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Classical Music Power Couple Bring Passion For Chamber Music To South Florida With New Residency

Cherylynn Tsushima
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Cellist David Finckel and his wife, pianist Wu Han, are co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. CMS has just established an annual residency in Miami Beach.

Think chamber music is only for folks who drink tea with their pinky fingers up?


A classical music power couple are inviting South Floridians to experience what THEY feel whenever they play within one of the most intimate of performance arts.

“It’s dramatic and colorful and lots of fun for the musicians as well as the audience” says pianist Wu Han.

She and her husband, cellist David Finckel, are co-artistic directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

CMS, as it’s known, is now adding Miami to the list of cities where it’s set up concert residencies. Han, Finckel and other musicians come to Miami Beach's Colony Theatre this week for two performance dates — and a chance for some promising young music students to immerse themselves in chamber music.

The Society will begin with a one-hour master class featuring students from the New World School for the Arts. That will be followed by a one-hour open rehearsal.

“The greatest composers throughout history all put some of their best efforts into chamber music,” says Finckel. “So for people who love great music, it’s kind of like having a direct line into the composer’s mind,” he says.


The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9

Bach: Sonata in G major for Cello and Keyboard, BWV 1027
Beethoven: Sonata in C major for Cello and Piano, Op. 102, No. 1
Mendelssohn: Sonata in D major for Cello and Piano, Op. 58
Albéniz: Selections from Suite española for Piano, Op. 47
Britten: Sonata in C major for Cello and Piano, Op. 65

Wu Han, piano; David Finckel, cello

8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10

Saint-Saëns: Trio No. 1 in F major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 18
Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello
Fauré: Quartet No. 1 in C minor for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 15

Wu Han, piano; Paul Huang, violin; Matthew Lipman, viola; Clive Greensmith, cello

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Christine DiMattei is WLRN's Morning Edition anchor and also reports on Arts & Culture.
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