Chamber Music Albuquerque’s mission is to present chamber musicians in live performance, sharing the power of music with the community.
CMA was a supporting sponsor of a livestream concert by cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Natasha Paremski on June 20, 2020. To view an archival video of the livestream click here.
CMA's plans for the 2020-2021 season
In light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Chamber Music Albuquerque has cancelled the final scheduled concert of the 2019-2020 season, which was to have been the Pacifica Quartet with Anthony McGill, clarinet, on June 21. This was our third concert this year that had to be cancelled because of the public health emergency (after the Rachel Barton Pine recital scheduled for March 15, and the Junction Trio scheduled for April 19). In the 78-year history of our organization, we know of no similar run of cancellations, and we were devastated not to be able to bring these artists to Albuquerque.
If you were a ticket-holder for any of these cancelled events, you should have received an e-mail message letting you know that tickets for these performances are being refunded. If you are a ticket holder but did not receive such a message, please send us a message through our Contact Us page or phone us at (505) 268-1990.
By the time the pandemic struck, Chamber Music Albuquerque had already planned an outstanding schedule of concerts for our 2020-2021 season. We had planned to open our season with a solo performance by the extraordinary classical guitarist Sharon Isbin in September; violinist Ida Kavafian, pianist Gilles Vonsattel and French horn player David Jolley performing as the Trio Valtorna in November; the Shanghai String Quartet in March; soprano Dawn Upshaw performing English consort music with the Brentano String Quartet in April; and David Finckel, cello, with Wu Han, piano, in June. We were looking forward to next season, our 79th, as one of our most exciting ever.
As we post this message, however, our ability to present our 2020-2021 season is in doubt. Even after the pandemic is contained, there may continue to be limitations on public gatherings for an extended period. We do not know when we will be able to offer public concerts again. Given this uncertainty, we do not plan to offer subscriptions for next season. We will also wait to put tickets on sale for single concerts until we come close to our concert dates, subject to whatever restrictions the public health authorities may have in place.
We do not know what the public concert experience will look like in these next few years, but we do know that the immediacy of in-person, skilled musical performance is a life-enhancing, irreplaceable joy. Chamber Music Albuquerque will be back, presenting the very best of small ensemble classical music, just as soon as it is safe for us to do so. We will stay in touch with you as we determine how and when to do so. Please stay in touch with us, too.
With best wishes for your health and safety,
The Board of Directors of Chamber Music Albuquerque