Take a musical tour of the capital city of Austria led by some of the world’s foremost chamber musicians when the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center brings “Destination Vienna” to the Moss Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

The performance will be held in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind through its performance, education, and recording and broadcast activities. Audiences ranging from connoisseurs to chamber music newcomers of all ages enjoy the ensemble’s diverse repertoire from over three centuries and numerous premieres by living composers.

“Destination Vienna” traces the evolution of musical expression of the European city that has served as a melting pot of music, art, and literature through the works of three of its greatest voices—Mozart, Schoenberg, and Brahms.

Mozart’s String Quintet in C minor is a beautiful and powerful work that the composer himself described as “nacht musique” (“night music”). This is followed by Schoenberg’s “Verklärte Nacht” (or “Transfigured Night”), a complex and emotionally wrought work based on a poem by Richard Dehmel, in which a woman shares a dark secret with her new lover. Anchoring this program is Brahms’ String Sextet no. 1, which showcases the composer’s ability to create rich sonorities, polyphonic textures, and emotionally probing expression within traditional musical forms and structures.

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David Finckel, cellist and co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, is joined for this program by violinists Sean Lee and Alexander Sitkovetsky, Matthew Lipman and Richard O’Neill on viola, and cellist Keith Robinson.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is one of 11 constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. The orchestra’s annual activities include a full season of concerts and events, national and international tours, nationally televised broadcasts on “Live from Lincoln Center,” and regular appearances on American Public Media’s “Performance Today.”

This performance of “Destination Vienna” is supported in part by a gift from David A. West and Lindsay B. West.

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center violist O’Neill will lead a chamber music master class with students in Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Moss Arts Center’s Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre. Observation of the class is free and open to the public, but admission is first come, first served. To guarantee a seat, call the Moss Arts Center’s box office at 540-231-5300.


Tickets for the performance are $25-55 for general public and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kacy McAllister at 540-231-5300 or email kmcallis@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to an event.

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