Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth announces 2016-17 season
By Punch Shaw
Special to DFW.com
Posted 3:09pm on Thursday, May. 26, 2016
The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth promises to tickle audiences’ musical taste buds with its 2016-17 series of concerts, presented under the theme “A Fest for the Senses.”
CMSFW artist director and violinist Gary Levinson said in a news release announcing the next lineup that the seven performances in the ensemble’s 29th season, which includes appearances by four visiting string quartets, “will scintillate all five senses at every concert.”
Over its history, the CMSFW has been known for performances that united pianists with string players, with a particular emphasis on artists who have competed in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. But the organization has been moving away from that pattern in recent seasons, and pianists will be heard at only the first two concerts of the 2016-17 season.
Instead, expect things to get “windy” at CMSFW concerts.
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