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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. Special guests include internationally renowned pianist Olga Kern, violinist Cho-Liang (Jimmy) Lin and Baseball Hall of Fame Legend Ozzie Smith. 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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THE RESULTS ARE IN! All About You Part 4 Program is…

In partnership with Classic 107.3FM. Pillsbury Cookie Concert Ed & H Pillsbury Foundation, Pillsbury Cookie Concert Series Sponsor Gerald and Judith Jehling, Concert Sponsors Not yet on our friends list? Click here to join. The repertoire for this concert is chosen by you, friends of The Chamber and our friends at Classic 107.3, the Voice for the Arts in St. Louis. Our April 22 “All About You Part 4” program is indeed all about your choices for the works to be performed, and is based on the results from the balloting. Stay tuned, and watch for E-Blast announcements! On the Ballot: (vote for one in each category) STRING ENSEMBLE Shostakovich- Two pieces for String Quartet Puccini- Chrysanthemums WINNER! Dvořák- Nocturne for Two Violins, Viola, Cello, and Bass, Op. 40 Albinoni- Sinfonia in G Major for Strings PIANO AND STRING ENSEMBLE WINNER! Beethoven- Piano Quartet #3 in C Major, WoO 36 Haydn- Piano Trio # 39 in G Major “Gypsy” Hob. XV:25 Schubert- Notturno for Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 148 / D.897 Shostakovich- Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8 MIXED ENSEMBLE WINNER! Mozart – Quintet for Horn and Strings in E Flat Major, K. 407 Copland- Sextet for String Quartet, Clarinet and Piano Debussy- Sonata for Flute, Viola & Harp Saint-Saëns- Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124 SOLO PIANO Debussy- Clair de Lune Gershwin- Three Preludes for Piano WINNER! Rachmaninoff- Prelude Op 3 No 2 in C # Minor Schubert- Impromptu #2 in Ab, Op. 142 D935 Click here for tickets to the concert!

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We are enthusiastically looking forward to the return of our cabaret-seating format, November 20 thru May 6, in the Pillsbury Theatre at the 560 Music Center. The first concert, “Chamber Music For People In A Hurry,” has a program theme affectionately borrowed from delightful astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s book Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Libations to enjoy during the concerts will be available for purchase from STL Barkeep. On December 4 we celebrate the seasons with “Holiday Wingding,” conducted by Darwin Aquino. Choose from available cabaret concerts tables and get e-tickets HERE.


Press Release- CMSSL 2022-23 Season

2022-23 Season,  a New Name for its Concert Series, And a New Performance Home. ST. LOUIS (September 7, 2022) – The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis (CMSSL) is excited to announce a new performance venue and new concert series name along with its 2022-23 Season lineup. Our 2022-23 Season concert venue is the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, located in the 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Avenue, University City, MO 63130. CMSSL performances will be held in the concert hall on Monday evenings. The concert series also has a new name. The series is now called the Michael F. Neidorff Chamber Concert Series. “Chamber Music Society of St. Louis is honored to pay tribute to the long legacy and generosity of Michael F. Neidorff with the naming of our concert series in his memory,” said Marc Gordon, Executive and Artistic director of CMSSL. “There is always an air of excitement when we start a new Season, and this year the anticipation is palpable as we announce not only the season lineup, but also our new performance home and series name.” Pre-season events: FREE CONCERT “St. Louis works” Outdoor Concert at Enterprise Holdings Pavilion in Shaw Park Lineup for the Michael F. Neidorff Chamber Concert Series, to be performed in the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.: On October 3, the season opens with “Some Royal Noise,” a celebration of music by and for the “Crowned Heads.” October 24, CMSSL presents “Without Borders,” a concert featuring music from a variety of countries, and to be performed on United Nations Day. November 7 features Maestro Leonard Slatkin, leading CMSSL musicians in music by Dvorák, Gounod and Stravinsky in “The Winds Blow Back.” Chamber music icons are offered on “Playing Favorites,”  November 28 On December 6, Beethoven’s birthday is celebrated with “Write on Ludwig,” a program of music inked by Beethoven, and including a work by one of his students. “A Visit to Vienna” on January 23 offers music written by composers who called this music capital home. “Lovefest Goes to The Movies” on February 13 with CMSSL’s annual salute to romance through music. The program includes CMSSL musicians playing the music to a screening of the Buster Keaton silent movie One Week. February 20 brings back our musical game show “Guess Who – The Return,” where the audience can win prizes by correctly guessing the composers of the presented works. Renowned British conductor and St. Louis favorite Nicholas McGegan returns to CMSSL for his annual visit on March 6 with a journey “From Baroque to Classical.” The concert features cellist Bjorn Ranheim in Haydn’s C Major Cello Concerto, and includes music by Vivaldi, C.P.E. Bach and a Mozart symphony made famous in a movie. CMSSL string players welcome spring April 24 with “Spring String Fling.” May 8 is “Jazzing Up the Day for Mom” celebrating moms everywhere with a jazzy work about cuisine, and featuring the jazz piano duo of Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi. The season closer on May 22, 2023, is “All About You Again,” a program of repertoire chosen from votes cast by CMSSL and Classic 107.3 listeners. To learn more about the Michael F. Neidorff Chamber Concert Series, visit The 2022-23 CMSSL season also holds a number of events featuring students from CMSSL education programs, the fourth year of our Pillsbury Cookie Concert series at the 560 Music Center as well as our education outreach concerts and the 12th year of our Master Class Series. This series of eight classes serves more than 30 St. Louis area schools and is free to students as well as the public to observe. In addition to performances, CMSSL hosts programs to further educate area musicians. The Master Class Series offers students the chance to prepare and perform solo and chamber works, guided by a CMSSL artist. The CMSSL and The Community Music School of Webster University’s Preparatory Program have partnered for the Young Artists Chamber Program, which nurtures the next generation of chamber music ensembles. Both programs are open to St. Louis area students and are free to qualified students. Visit for more information. Chamber Music Society of St. Louis Mission: To present chamber music of the highest quality, support educational activities that encourage more students and adults to appreciate the art form, and nurture exceptional emerging chamber music performers and ensembles.  

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Sad News

Painting CMSSL commissioned for Michael F. Neidorff by artist Stefan Geissbühler READ The St Louis Community and the country has lost a great philanthropist. Michael F. Neidorff passed away here in St. Louis. Michael and Noémi Neidorff have been great friends and supporters of the Chamber from our very early days. From the 9 straight years before COVID of hosting our annual Donor Appreciation Concert in Centene Plaza to a transformative multi-year financial commitment, they both loved and believed in the power of music. Their commitment to the arts and music in particular has made St. Louis a better place to live. From the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra to Opera Theatre of St. Louis to Radio Arts Foundation-Classic 107.3 to Chamber Music Society of St. Louis and so many others, we are indebted to Michael and the Neidorff family. I will never forget the wisdom Michael imparted to me in 2010, early in my tenure as Executive & Artistic Director of CMSSL. In a meeting with this visionary leader in his office, he gave me a version of the give someone a fish and they eat for a day…….teach them to fish and they eat for a lifetime philosophy. Our friend, former Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, called Michael a “magnificent human being.” To say that Michael will be missed is a monumental understatement. As we wind down the 2021-22 Centene Charitable Foundation Chamber Concert Series, we keep Michael and the Neidorff family in our thoughts. CLICK HERE for some information about Michael.

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