Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presents

Anthony McGill

Clarinetist Anthony McGill is one of classical music’s most recognizable and brilliantly multifaceted figures. He serves as the principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, that orchestra’s first African-American principal player. Hailed for his “trademark brilliance, penetrating sound and rich character” (New York Times), he also serves as an ardent advocate for helping music education reach underserved communities. He was honored to take part in the inauguration of President Obama, premiering a piece by John Williams alongside violinist Itzhak Perlman, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and pianist Gabriela Montero.

McGill appears regularly as a soloist with top orchestras around North America including the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony, and is a favorite collaborator of the Brentano, Daedalus, Guarneri, JACK, Miró, Pacifica, Shanghai, Takács, and Tokyo quartets, as well as Emanuel Ax, Inon Barnatan, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida, and Lang Lang. In 2015 he recorded the Nielsen Clarinet Concerto with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, which was released on DaCapo Records.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute, Mr. McGill previously served as the principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera. He is on the faculty of The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Bard College’s Conservatory of Music. He is an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).

Inon Barnatan, Piano
Gloria Chien, Piano
Alisa Weilerstein, Cello

Messiaen “Abyss of the Birds” from Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano (1940-41) Original performance November 21, 2013
Poulenc Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1962) Original performance November 21, 2013
Brahms Trio in A minor for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, Op. 114 (1891) Original performance January 24, 2017

This event will stream online for free, beginning on October 8, 2020 at 7:30pm. The full event will remain available to watch on demand for one week.

The Front Row Artist Series concerts focus on the work of individual CMS artists in a variety of ensembles, complemented by a short documentary film on the artist’s life and work.

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