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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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CMSSL Announces 10th Anniversary Gala Event, “Notes From Hollywood – The Sequel”

We are pleased to present our 10th Anniversary Gala honoring Saint Louis icon Leonard Slatkin in the Sheldon Concert Hall. CMSSL’s 10th Anniversary Gala honoring Leonard Slatkin, which was postponed due to Leonard’s triple bypass surgery, is rescheduled for Monday December 10, 2018.  Leonard and Cindy Slatkin are now residents of St. Louis. This will add to the special atmosphere of the evening…not to mention that “The Wizard” Ozzie Smith has most graciously adjusted to the rescheduled date and will be there to participate in the fun. For those who have purchased VIP Ticket Packages or Concert Only tickets, you will be receiving tickets/information with the new date in the mail. You do not need to do anything. The concert portion of the evening will reprise our 2013 and 2014 (Chicago) “Notes From Hollywood” performances of chamber music written by Hollywood film composers. In addition to the music, Mr. Slatkin will share stories about the music and the composers, many of whom were regular visitors in the Slatkin home as he was growing up in Los Angeles. Hosts for the Gala include Honorary Chairman Noémi K. Neidorff, Co-Chairs Thomas R. and Carol J. Voss and Host Committee Co-Chairs Miran Halen, Mary Forsyth and Faith Berger. VIP packages for the event will be available, and include valet parking, pre-concert cocktails, preferred concert seating, a post-concert dinner by Butler’s Pantry and a copy of Slatkin’s latest book, Leading Tones. For information on Sponsorships, VIP Ticket Packages and Concert Tickets, click here.      

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