It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2020-21 season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and recommendations from health officials.
The Chamber Music Society has presented extraordinary chamber music concerts and educational programs since 1953. During the pandemic, we hosted educational activities and special events online, reaching students throughout Central Arkansas. We plan to continue these efforts virtually until our anticipated return for the 2021-22 season. Most recently, we hosted a two-hour masterclass led by renowned violinist Tai Murray through Zoom, reaching student musicians with various ability levels. (Use password BZ%!CM3p to access the video.)
Despite the 2020-21 cancellation, we are working to ensure a wonderful 2021-22 season, which will kick off with a September 2021 performance by the Harlem Quartet, a talented group known for advancing diversity in classical music and engaging new audiences.
The Chamber Music Society is also on track to organize the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival this March, in a format adjusted to meet constraints posed by COVID-19. The festival includes two concerts featuring faculty performances, which we are working to offer in-person and via streaming media. We will send updates about the festival as it nears. Information about the upcoming festival is available at faulknerchambermusicfestival.com as well.
The society has endured for 67 years because of your steadfast support. We are especially grateful for the generosity of our 2019-20 sponsors. Though we won’t be collecting sponsorships this year, any contributions made at this time are appreciated and will help support music education in Central Arkansas. Donations can be made online at chambermusicLR.com/make-a-donation or by check mailed to 316 E. 11th St., Little Rock, AR 72202.
You may also support chamber music in Arkansas by signing up for Kroger Community Rewards and/or Amazon Smile. Once enrolled, Kroger and Amazon take a portion of what you spend shopping and donate it to the Chamber Music Society. For more information about Kroger Community Rewards, go to kroger.com/i/community/community-rewards, and to sign up for Amazon Smile, visit smile.amazon.com. If you need assistance signing up for these programs, feel free to email us at chambermusicLR@gmail.com.
We’ll miss you all tremendously this season! Bringing unique chamber music experiences to Arkansas is truly a joy, but we also look forward to presenting a meaningful season next year. Thank you for your ongoing support and we hope to see everyone soon!
Be safe and stay well.
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Jeremy performs J.S. Bach's Cello Suite No. 1. The Arkansas native was supposed to perform an evening recital on April 9th and a concerto with the Symphony Youth Orchestra on April 10th. He will be back in Arkansas to take part in the Faulkner Chamber Music Festival later in the summer, currently scheduled July 24 through Aug. 2 at UA-Little Rock.
Cellist Jeremy Crosmer tells us a bit about the piece he was scheduled to perform with the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra this week. He then plays the opening of the solo cello part to the Paul Hindemith 1940 Cello Concerto. Mr. Crosmer was to participate in the Chamber Music Society's annual youth orchestra residency this April.