While Robert Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder undoubtedly influenced Brahms’ instrumentation, the true inspiration behind Brahms’ beloved Liebeslieder Waltzes was Schumann’s daughter, Julie (an amorous infatuation of Brahms). Additional songs by Schubert, Schumann, Ullmann, Wolf and Berg complete a program dedicated to affairs of the heart.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Michelle Areyzaga, soprano
Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano
Paul Appleby, tenor
Liam Bonner, baritone
Gilbert Kalish, piano
Wu Han, piano

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is one of eleven constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. Along with other constituents, such as the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera, CMS has its home at Lincoln Center. CMS’ performance venue, Alice Tully Hall, has received international acclaim as one of the world’s most exciting venues for chamber music.

CMS presents chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period in its extensive concert season in New York, its national and international tours, its many recordings and international radio broadcasts, its broad commissioning program, and its multi-faceted educational programs. Demonstrating the belief that the future of chamber music lies in engaging and expanding the audience, CMS has created programs to bring the art of chamber music to audiences from a wide range of backgrounds, ages, and levels of musical knowledge. The artistic core of CMS is a multi-generational, dynamic repertory company of expert chamber musicians who form an evolving musical community. As part of that community, the CMS Two program discovers and weaves into the artistic fabric a select number of highly gifted young artists –individuals and ensembles– who embody the great performance traditions of the past while setting new standards for the future.

In 2004, CMS appointed cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han artistic directors. They succeed founding director Charles Wadsworth (1969-89), Fred Sherry (1989-92), and David Shifrin (1992-2004).


Michelle Areyzaga, soprano

Michelle Areyzaga made her New York City Opera debut in Telemann’s Orpheus and is a frequent guest of the New York Festival of Song with Steven Blier. She has sung with Chicago Opera Theater, Grant Park Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Orquesta Sinfónia del Estado de México, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Opera, Buffalo Philharmonic, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Areyzaga has championed the works of Bernstein through numerous orchestral engagements with the Rochester Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Symphony, Springfield Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony.


Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano

This season mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford makes her debut at the Dallas Opera in Iolante and returns to Opera Philadelphia in the world premiere of Daniel Schnyder’s Yardbird. She also debuts at the Desert Song Festival in Tucson and returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Utah Symphony. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she has appeared in more than 140 performances with the company. She has also performed at the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, BBC Proms, Caramoor Festival, and Glimmerglass Festival. In concert she has appeared with New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Milwaukee Symphony orchestras, at the Hollywood Bowl, and at the Ravinia, Tanglewood, Grand Teton, and La Jolla Summer Music festivals. 


Paul Appleby, tenor

Considered an exciting and charismatic presence on the world’s leading concert, recital, and opera stages, tenor Paul Appleby recently graduated from the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and received the 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship in the Performing and Visual Arts. Following a summer season that included recital performances and a symphonic concert at New York’s Bard Music Festival, his 2014-15 season began with concert performances with the Milwaukee Symphony singing the role of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Other engagements during the season include his return to the Metropolitan Opera as David in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and as Tom Rakewell in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, both conducted by James Levine.

Liam Bonner

Liam Bonner, baritone

Praised by Opera News for his “rich, versatile voice” and “beautiful instrument,” rising baritone Liam Bonner returns to LA Opera as Aeneas in Barrie Kosky’s production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. He will also return to the Lyric Opera of Kanas City reprising the role of Lieutenant Audebert in Silent Night, a role he created, and will debut at the Portland Opera in Show Boat as Gaylord Ravenal. Mr. Bonner recently sang the role of Lieutenant Audebert in the world premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning opera Silent Night at Minnesota Opera, a role which he reprised at the Opera Company of Philadelphia in the 2012 – 2013 season.


Gilbert Kalish, piano

The profound influence of pianist Gilbert Kalish as an educator and pianist in myriad performances and recordings has established him as a major figure in American music-making. He was the pianist of the Boston Symphony Chamber Players for 30 years, and was a founding member of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, a group that flourished during the 1960s and 70s in support of new music. He is particularly known for his partnership of many years with mezzo-soprano Jan DeGaetani, as well as for current collaborations with soprano Dawn Upshaw and cellists Timothy Eddy and Joel Krosnick. His discography of some 100 recordings embraces both the classical and contemporary repertories.


Wu Han, piano

Co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, pianist Wu Han, named Musical America’s 2012 Musician of the Year, ranks among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. She appears regularly in many prestigious venues across the United States, Europe, and Asia, and tours extensively as duo pianist with cellist David Finckel. Wu Han and David Finckel serve as Artistic Directors of Chamber Music Today, an annual festival held in Korea, and Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival in Silicon Valley. Wu Han’s wide-ranging musical activities include the founding of ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company. Passionately committed to education, she launched a new chamber music studio at the Aspen Music Festival in 2013.

Date & Venue

Friday, March 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Concert length is estimated to be 2 hours with one intermission.

Join us at 6:30 in the new Concert Hall for a Pre-Concert Talk by David Evan Thomas.


Songs for Voice and Piano
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Songs for Voice and Piano
Hugo Wolf (1860-1903)

Selections from Schwanengesang for Voice and Piano, D. 957 (1828)
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Spanische Liebeslieder for Four Voices and Piano, Four Hands, Op. 138 (1849)
Robert Schumann (1910-1956)


Sieben Frühe Lieder for Voice and Piano (1905-08; rev. 1928)
Alban Berg (1885-1935)

Liebeslieder Waltzer for Vocal Quartet and Piano, Four Hands, Op. 52 (1868-69)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

“An die Musik” arr. David Evan Thomas
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

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