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Acclaimed Concert Series Kicks Off with Special Guests Adam Neiman and Arnaud Sussmann

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art announces the 2016-2017 season of CMA Chamber Music on Main presented by U.S. Trust. The critically acclaimed five-concert series kicks off on Thursday, October 27 at 7:00 p.m. This season features crowd favorites such as violinist Arnaud Sussmann, pianist Adam Neiman, string quartet Brooklyn Rider, and more. World-renowned cellist Edward Arron returns for his eighth year as artistic director.

“I am as excited as ever to be ringing in a new season of CMA Chamber Music on Main,” says Arron. “I look forward to seeing you all as I happily return to my musical ‘home away from home’ at the Columbia Museum of Art.”

In the first concert of the season, Sussmann and Neiman join Arron to perform Johan Halvorsen’s virtuosic Passacaglia for Violin and Cello (based on a theme by Handel), Leoš Janáček’s vividly colorful Sonata for Violin and Piano, Chopin’s beloved Ballade No. 2 in F Major for Solo Piano, Opus 38, and Mendelssohn’s electrifying Piano Trio in D Minor, Opus 49.

CMA Chamber Music on Main, a longtime fan-favorite program, brings together world-class musicians who are acclaimed in their respective instruments. Hailed as one of the premier pianists of his generation, Neiman has established an international career and an encyclopedic repertoire that spans more than 60 concerts. Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura, and profound musicianship.

Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. He has appeared in recital, as a soloist with major orchestras, and as a chamber musician throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Arron served as the artistic director of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert and participated in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project as well as Isaac Stern’s Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters. He joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016 and has served on the faculty of New York University since 2009.

In the second concert of the season, Arron will be joined by Brooklyn Rider, a Brooklyn, N.Y. string quartet hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings). Brooklyn Rider offers an eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. Last month, Brooklyn Rider released an album with internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter entitled So Many Things that includes music by Colin Jacobsen, Caroline Shaw, John Adams, Nico Muhly, Björk, Sting, Kate Bush, and Elvis Costello, among others.

Upcoming concerts in the 2016-2017 season:

  • Thursday, October 27, 2016
  • Friday, December 9, 2016
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Happy hour and galleries open at 6:00 p.m. | Concert begins at 7:00 p.m.

Season Tickets: $140 / $100 for members

Individual Seats: $35 / $28 for members / $5 for students

CMA Chamber Music on Main is presented by U.S. Trust and the generosity of supporting sponsors.

For tickets and program information, visit columbiamuseum.org.

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