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Hello Chamber Family, While our in-person concerts are on hiatus for a couple of months, you can satisfy your chamber music cravings with encore performances of The Chamber starting Saturday on The Chamber At Home series by listening to Classic 107.3. These broadcasts begin July 6 and will air on Saturdays at 5pm with a repeat broadcast on Mondays at 10am. The complete series schedule and repertoire can be found HERE. We acknowledge our Independence Day Weekend featuring music with an American focus—–MADE IN AMERICA. Only the best things that last through time can be called vintage. Invitations to our September 9 Vintage Gala, commemorating Maestro Leonard Slatkin’s 80th birthday and the 15th Anniversary of Chamber Music Society of St. Louis will be in the mail this weekend. If you wish to join us in celebration with Leonard and support The Chamber, you can find information on VIP ticket packages and sponsoring opportunities HERE. There will be an announcement of silent auction items with information on access to view and/or bid. Best wishes to everyone for this singularly American Independence Day Holiday as we celebrate all the things that make our country and our city a wonderful place to live. Marc


Vintage Gala Kick-off Event

Read “Fashion-Filled Evening Kicks Off Upcoming Gala” by Joan Berkman / Photos by Suzy Gorman Read more about our “Vintage” Gala here Event Chair Miran Halen with Co-Chairs Becky Domyan and Amalia Pfannenstiel Lori Lock, Joan Berkman Arlene Maminta Browne, Jane Roodman Weiss, Galia Movitz Melissa Miller, Kelly Bagwe, Heidi Gorham Adam Foster’s Fine Jewelry, St. Louis Ted Wight, Suzie Nall, Sagy (Saruul) Purev Gala Kick-off Hosts Adam Foster and Mary Steward Amalia Pfannenstiel Kelly Bagwe Fashion design by Alex Teih, New York Barbara Barenholtz Sagy (Saruul) Purev, Miran Halen, Ali Breitbach, Amalia Pfannenstiel Marc Gordon and Cindy McTee Slatkin Watch Video of Event HERE Naomi Fitzgerald De Grave, Charles Whimper Becky Domyan

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May 6 Concert Review: “Popular Fare Need Not Be Light Entertainment”

“…The selections never lacked for tappable rhythms and hummable melodies…” READ REVIEW in St. Louis American by Chris King Review Prelude: “The St. Louis American Foundation was not alone in paying posthumous recognition to Michael F. Neidorff in 2024. The recipient of an unprecedented posthumous award at the foundation’s 2024 Salute to Excellence in Business, Neidorff also is the namesake of the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis’ 15th Anniversary concert series this year. The society’s Vienna-themed performance on Monday, May 6 was so lively and life-affirming that it called death itself into question.”

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Hello Chamber Friends, We are all excited about our upcoming “Return Visit to Vienna” Monday evening. Performing the music will be a collection of marvelous musicians… Hannah Ji, Brian Woods, Xiaoxiao Qiang, Asako Kuboki, Susan Gordon and Ranya Iqbal. These folks will be playing some delightful repertoire to bring the flavor of Vienna to your table in the Pillsbury Theatre. As we wind down our 2023-24 Season, we have a big crowd coming, so arrive early, visit STL Barkeep to grab your beverage of choice and settle in at your table. We will regale you with music by Brahms, Mozart, Hummel, Kreisler, and of course, Johann Strauss Jr. will be represented with his waltz….On the Beautiful Blue Danube. SELECT YOUR TABLE AND PURCHASE TICKETS HERE If you made a guess on composer/composition on the manuscript in the graphic from the last email…and you guessed Brahms…you would be correct. And, the composition just happened to be the Brahms Sonata Op.108 that Hannah and Brian will be performing Monday evening. Our concert will open with the Prelude segment featuring Rader Young Artists, Sophia Heaton, violin and Brody VanWave, viola. IMPORTANT REMINDER: That April 30 date has passed but you can still get your subscription forms for the 2024-25 Season in before ticketing reverts to the e-ticket system. SUBSCRIBE NOW. By the way, they will be performing with other Rader Young Artists side by side with CMSSL musicians… in a free concert on Sunday, May 26th at 6:00pm at First Congregational Church in Webster Groves.  INFO IS ON OUR WEBSITE Lastly, if you are a pianist or have a child or grandchild that is an aspiring pianist, encouragement and information are free at Sunday’s Piano Master Class with Shen Wen. So much can be learned from watching and listening, including those not actually playing in the class.  All classes are free and open to the public. We will be pleased to have you join us on our journey to this “City of Music”. See you then, Marc



Greetings All, Over the years, you have heard me introduce and thank Bond Architects as a regular Concert Sponsor. Principals Susan Pruchnicki and Art Bond also generously provide Chamber Music Society of St. Louis with the wonderful Clayton office space and infrastructure that we enjoy thanks to their philanthropic spirit. Their kindness allows us to focus our resources on the music and education activities to serve our community. Bond Architects specializes in municipal buildings that many of us frequent and use regularly. Here are a few with other projects currently in progress: The Center of Clayton Kirkwood High School Crestwood Community Center and Pickleball/Family Games Complex University City Public Library Whitecliff Park Quarry Lake Master Plan St. Louis County Library District The Muny Scene Pavilion Clayton High School Wellness Center Ladue City Hall Crestwood City Hall Architect Susan Pruchnicki gave a live and streamed presentation on the history of the University City Library, as well as the expansive update Bond Architects recently completed. If you would like to view the 40-minute video with some historic photos, facts and stories, you can access it HERE. By the way, don’t forget to pack your bags for our May 6 “A Return Visit To Vienna” concert. You will hear music by Johannes Brahms, W. A. Mozart, Johann Strauss Jr., Franz Liszt, Fritz Kreisler, and Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Make your reservations HERE Happy travels, Marc



Dear Friends, This weekend, many churches will resonate with the traditional sounds of Easter music emanating from various brass ensembles. Then, Monday brings us to the first day of April and of course, April Fools’ Day where we will shift the musical focus from triumphant to irreverent. Every few years, the calendar favors us with a concert night to highlight the lighter side of composers with whom we are familiar but on a more serious basis. This Monday “A Frivolous First” will offer works by Mozart, Haydn, Strauss (arr. Hasenoehrl), Hindemith, and Shostakovich……but not what we normally expect from them. As usual, beverages will be available for purchase from STL Barkeep in the lobby. Just be sure they don’t pour your drink into a glass with a hole in it. TICKETS Last September, The Chamber lost a treasured and devoted listener, supporter and Board member. If you knew Dr. Robert Packman, you knew his sense of humor rivaled his personal warmth, compassion and skills as a physician. We felt that this April 1 concert was the perfect program to celebrate the life of this wonderful man. So the music on Monday may be frivolous, but our respect and affection for Bob is not. Our Prelude segment Monday will feature the 2023 Rader Young Artist Competition winner, violinist Micky Chyu.  As for the rest of the evening….WHO KNOWS????? Current subscribers should receive renewal information shortly as it was mailed out this week. You can also renew securely online HERE. Renewals and subscriptions will be processed in the order received and every effort will be made to honor requests for table preferences. It is suggested that to you submit your renewals by April 30. After that date, all subscriptions will be available directly through our e-ticketing system. See you Monday for some irreverent fun, Marc


Vintage Gala

Chamber Music Society of St. Louis presents our Vintage Gala celebrating Maestro Leonard Slatkin’s 80th Birthday and our milestone 15th Anniversary Season. Joining Leonard Slatkin are special guests internationally renowned pianist Olga Kern and violinist Cho-Liang (Jimmy) Lin. Special appearance by Baseball Hall of Fame Legend Ozzie Smith, “The Wizard”. READ MORE about the Silent Auction here.Powered by Givebutter Noémi K. Neidorff, Presenting Sponsor Mary Strauss, Thomas and Carol Voss, Honorary ChairsMiran Halen, Event ChairBecky Domyan and Amalia Pfannenstiel, Co-ChairsJasmine Huda, EmceeSpecial Appearance by Baseball Hall of Fame Legend Ozzie Smith, “The Wizard” Ariel Premium Supply, Artist Sponsor Our Kick-off Event for the Gala Event Host Committee was May 16. If you would like to become a Committee Member, please contact us at 314-941-6309, or email us at Gala Sponsor Levels and Recognition 1 VIP Gala Ticket Package  $275.00 Your name listed in program as VIPVIP package for the event includes:Valet Parking6:00 pm Pre-Concert Cocktails7:00 pm “Vintage” Concert, VIP seatingDinner, provided by Butler’s Pantry Concertante $20,000 • Up to 16 Complimentary Gala Tickets with VIP Concert Seating(Two Full Tables)• Two complimentary tickets to September 7 “Evening with Maestro and The Wizard”• Logo on gala webpage• Logo in gala program• Logo on preconcert slides during pre- and post-concert receptions Anniversary $15,000 • 8 Complimentary Gala Tickets with VIP Concert Seating(Full Table)• Two complimentary tickets to September 7 “Evening with Maestro and The Wizard”• Logo on gala webpage• Logo in gala program• Logo on preconcert slides during pre- and post-concert receptions Vintage $10,000 • 6 Complimentary Gala Tickets with VIP concert seating• Logo on gala webpage• Logo in gala program• Logo on preconcert slides during pre- and post-concert receptions Classic $5,000 • 4 Complimentary Gala Tickets with VIP concert seating• Logo on gala webpage• Logo in gala program Bonus Sponsor OpportunitiesGala Video Presentation $2,500 • 2 Complimentary Gala Tickets with VIP concert seating• Recognition in video credits as sponsor September 7 “Evening with Maestro and The Wizard” at Private Home $2,500 •  Cocktail Reception with Leonard Slatkin in Private Residence•  Catered by Butler’s Pantry•  Concertante and Anniversary Sponsor receives 2 complimentary tickets Gala Form- Order by MailRecognition in key gala materials, invitation, select social media posts, and “Thank you” announcement from the stage.All sponsorship levels include an invitation for 2 to any 2024-25 CMSSL concert. DONATE with a tax-deductible gift, if you cannot attend CONCERT ONLY tickets may be purchased through MetroTix.(click on the image below to purchase concert-only tickets) Your support of the Vintage Gala enables our continued commitment to the St. Louis community through extraordinary concerts, creative collaborations, and impactful education programs. Thank you so much for your support as we look to the next 15 years—together! Only the best things that last through time can be called Vintage. Our programs endeavor to inspire and enchant audiences with chamber music performed in our signature cabaret-style. We also offer unique education opportunities with a Master Class Series, serving students from more than 30 area schools, and our Rader Young Artist Program, which has nurtured exceptional student performers in St. Louis for more than a decade. Internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin is active as a composer, author, and educator. A Chamber Music Society of St. Louis Board Member since our founding, he leads an ensemble annually at concerts and serves as an inspiration for CMSSL and our musicians. Pianist Olga Kern is recognized as one of her generation’s greatest artists. With her vivid stage presence, passionatelyconfident musicianship, and extraordinary technique, this striking pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike. Since his debut as soloist with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic, Taiwanese violinist Cho-Liang Lin has performed with virtually every major orchestra in the world. A devoted chamber musician and educator, Mr. Lin founded the Taipei Music Academy & Festival and currently serves on the faculties of The Julliard School and Rice University. CMSSL is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation.For tax deductible information, please consult your tax professional. An IRS advisory letter is available upon request.

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