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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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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



Dear Friends, We are enthusiastically looking forward to the return of our cabaret-seating format on November 20 in the Pillsbury Theatre at the 560 Music Center with “Chamber Music For People In A Hurry”. This program theme is affectionately borrowed from delightful astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. I was amused by the title and I did make a valiant effort to get through the book several years ago. Libations to enjoy during the concert will be available for purchase from STL Barkeep. You can choose from available tables and get e-tickets HERE. Congratulations to CMSSL Board member Miran Halen. Miran directed The Places Music Has Taken Me: The Unfinished Story of Sarah Bryan Miller, a documentary film tribute to St. Louis music critic Sarah Bryan Miller who passed away in 2020. Miran’s documentary was chosen by our friends at Cinema St. Louis to be included in the 2023 St. Louis International Film Festival. There were 2,419 submissions for consideration from 32 countries out of which 278 were selected. The documentary includes commentary by numerous classical music dignitaries, both local and national. We want to congratulate our Rader Young Artist Competition winners Micaela Chyu (Grand Prize), Sophia Heaton (Runner-up) and prizewinners Hayden Baker, Jean (Julie) Park, Samuel Wenger-Stickel and Broday VanWave. The level of playing was remarkable. Thanks to CMSSL Director of Education, Davin Rubicz, for organizing and managing a successful event. We wish to thank the fabulous teachers who provided the guidance to these talented young musicians. You can read more and hear them HERE. In no current particular hurry, Marc


A Huge Loss

Hello Everyone, I have sad news to convey. On Saturday evening September 30, St. Louis lost a dear friend to so many of us. Dr. Robert C. Packman passed away peacefully at home. Bob was a long-time CMSSL Board member and Subscriber who was passionate about our music and mission. The above picture that includes (from left to right) CMSSL Board members Dr. Richard Shaw, Dr. Robert Packman with his infectious smile, Centene staffer Karen McDonagh and David Packman (Bob’s nephew) from a Ladue News piece by Bryan Schaier. This was from our 2015 Donor Appreciation Concert in Centene Auditorium. Given the threat that COVID presented to him, Bob was very hesitant to venture out, but was comfortable having Susan and I come over to visit every few weeks. Bob gleefully entertained us with his keen sense of humor and infinite archive of stories. I remember answering my phone to be greeted by what sounded like a woman with an Eastern European accent engaging me in conversation. After a couple of minutes, Bob laughed and revealed himself to be the caller completely fooling me. Susan and I will miss him dearly. It was hard to be in a group of people in St. Louis where someone had not been a patient of Dr. Packman. A few years ago at a concert for which Bob was the Concert Sponsor, as I acknowledged his support, I asked the audience for a show of hands by former patients of Dr. Packman. Pretty close to 40% of the audience raised their hands. We will be sending out news on how we plan to celebrate the life of Bob Packman at an upcoming concert. Here is a LINK to the obituary, which will give you an insight to this wonderful man. Marc

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Dear Chamber Family, We are now one week away from the exciting opening concert of our 15th Anniversary Season. One of the most distinguished musicians around the world, Nicholas McGegan, will be the Guest Artist leading CMSSL musicians on Monday September 18 in works by distinguished composers; Bach, Telemann, Haydn and Schubert. The program, “Romancing The Baroque”, will have a harpsichord concerto by Bach with Charles Metz as soloist and a concerto for 2 horns by Telemann featuring Roger Kaza and Thomas Jöstlein. You can enjoy the music and the fun along with a post-concert reception to celebrate the opening of this special season and visit with Maestro McGegan. While we will be returning to our cabaret-style seating this season, the Monday September 18 program with Nicholas McGegan has a large group of musicians performing. So the concert will take place in the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall at the 560 Music Center. This program is open seating and with 1,000 seats available, you will have your choice of places to sit. Concert time is 7:30pm and you can purchase tickets HERE CMSSL SUBSCRIBERS Your e-tickets were sent to you via e-mail. If you have not received them, please call CMSSL at 314-941-6309 so we can be sure you enjoy a smooth experience as we begin this exciting 15th Anniversary Season. Marc



Greetings to All Chamber Friends: All of us at Chamber Music Society of St. Louis hope you will join us in wishing our favorite Maestro, Leonard Slatkin, a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on this September 1. You can salute the occasion by tuning in to Classic 107.3 for The Chamber At Home on Saturday afternoon at 4pm or the rebroadcast on Tuesday morning at 10am. This week’s broadcast features the wind instruments in ”The Winds Blow Back” with Leonard Slatkin conducting music by Gounod, Dvo?ák and Stravinsky. Details are HERE. If you choose to listen at the Saturday time, be aware that the start time can vary (earlier or later) depending on the length of the opera, which precedes The Chamber At Home. It is only a matter of weeks until we open our 15th Anniversary Season with Guest Artist Nicholas McGegan and “Romancing The Baroque”. Note that Nic’s appearance on September 18 with CMSSL will be his only concert this year in St. Louis. He will lead CMSSL musicians in a program of music that includes a much-loved keyboard concerto by Bach with harpsichordist Charles Metz and a concerto for 2 horns by Telemann with soloists Roger Kaza and Thomas Jöstlein. Rounding out the program are 2 enchanting symphonies, Haydn #83 and Schubert #5. You can find information HERE. I hope everyone has a restful and safe Labor Day Weekend, Marc TICKETS



Dear Chamber Friends, Monday evening we will bring the 2022-23 Season to a close with “All About You Again”. This is our 3rd annual concert in partnership with Classic 107.3 FM. The repertoire was chosen by you, CMSSL audiences and Classic 107.3 listeners, via balloting earlier this season. You chose music by Mozart, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff and Ravel. Classic 107.3 FM CEO and General Manager, Julie Schuster and I will welcome everyone and share some remarks about the music. Patti Wolf, Megan Stout, Ann Fink, Eva Kozma, Asako Kuboki, Chris Tantillo, Alvin McCall, Jennifer Nitchman and Jane Carl will be performing and celebrating our partnership with the Voice for the Arts in St. Louis. All ticket holders are invited to our post-concert reception to honor Concert Sponsor Gerry and Judy Jehling, Pillsbury Cookie Concert Series sponsor, Ed & H Pillsbury Foundation and End of Season Reception Host Audrey Rothbarth. As you know by now, The Chamber is returning to our cabaret-style seating next season. There appears to be great excitement about this and tables are going fast. Well…they aren’t really going anywhere…. but they are being claimed quickly. If you have not yet called in or mailed in your subscription form, we will be happy to help you choose. 314-941-6309 OR SUBSCRIBE ONLINE Looking forward to some great music and fun on Monday evening, Marc