Board of Directors
Marc Gordon-Executive & Artistic Director
Lawrence P. Katzenstein
Charles J. Metz O.D, Ph. D.
Mark D. Mittleman
Robert C. Packman, M.D.
Ryan B. Sims
Gerald E. Coleman
Noemi K. Neidorff
Milton P. Wilkins, Jr.
Greetings to Everyone,
Chamber Music Society of St. Louis opened our fourth season last Tuesday evening to a sold out house in The Sheldon Ballroom. It was an exciting evening as we had guests from our corporate sponsor, Clarkson Eyecare, with us, it was the week of the 100th
anniversary of The Sheldon and we were privileged to have Nicholas McGegan join CMSSL again for our baroque concert. Our audience enjoyed hearing Nic and Charles Metz both perform on a beautiful Burr harpsichord. We even had the harpsichord maker, Walter Burr and his wife who traveled from New York introduced to the audience. The instrument got quite a workout with Nic playing a number of works and Charles dazzling everyone with a stunning performance of the virtuoso harpsichord part in Bach’s 5th
Brandenburg Concerto. It was a wonderful fit with the virtuosity of violin soloist Celeste Golden-Boyer and flutist Jennifer Nitchman. Special mention should go to cellist Alvin McCall for wonderful continuo playing and to the virtuoso page turner of the harpsichord music (that was me). He didn’t turn at the wrong time or knock the music over. Nic shared his artistry and some very entertaining stories about the music with everyone showing why he is a favorite guest artist around the world. We chose the encore as an opportunity to salute Nic by surprising everyone with a piece by Corelli performed by bagpiper Chris Apps. Chris was dressed in his best kilt and played the Corelli work while he marched from the back of The Sheldon Ballroom up to the stage with the rest of us. It was so much fun and our audience gave Chris a huge round of applause. As a matter of fact, our audience was boisterous all night welcoming our artists very vociferously. It must have been the euphoria from the Cardinals post season success.
We hope you will take advantage of a chance to hear the wind instruments featured along with piano on our next concert which is Tuesday November 20. We will transition from the baroque concert last week by starting with a Vivaldi work highlighting flute, oboe and bassoon. Pianist Patti Wolf wll join Roger Kaza-horn, Felicia Foland-bassoon, Jane Carl-clarinet and we enticed Jennifer Nitchman-flute back with us again for a delightful work by Saint-Saens, his Caprice on Danish & Russian Airs and a quintet by Rimsky-Korsakov- for piano, flute, clarinet, bassoon & horn. We will also perform a piece that ranks among Mozart’s greatest chamber works…… his Quintet in Eb for Piano & Winds. This will be the last CMSSL concert until next year, January 14, which is our benefit event with Leonard Slatkin.
Please join the fun to embrace the “November Winds” on the 20th
Hope to see you all soon,
Executive and Artistic Director
Chamber Music Society of St. Louis