January, 2022


Dear Friends of Chamber Music,

Now halfway through our 2021-2022 season, I want to take a moment to write on behalf of the board of Friends of Chamber Music to update our patrons, supporters, and friends on our recent progress.

We have enjoyed a wonderful in-person season so far with excellent performances and Performance in Context conversations with the Escher Quartet, the Dover Quartet, and the Merz Trio. If you weren’t able to attend these concerts, we hope you have been able to enjoy them via our post-performance videos. As many of you know, a distinctive feature of our concert series is our Performance in Context program that invites our audience to interact with the performers and other notables in the classical music world via in-depth Zoom conversations and interviews during the week leading up to our in-person concerts. In addition to our three concerts so far, we enjoyed an engaging Performance in Context conversation in November with the six innovative composers of Ensemble Decipher. The focus of that conversation was on finding one’s unique musical voice.

Please mark your calendars for our two remaining concerts this season featuring Mayumi Seiler and Colin Carr on Saturday, February 12 (Performance in Context on February 10) and the Kenari Quartet on Monday, April 4 (Performance in Context on March 31). Both concerts will be at the University at Albany’s Page Hall at 7:30 p.m. In addition, please join us for our final Performance in Context Zoom conversation with Dr. Alejandro L. Madrid, Cornell University ethnomusicologist and cultural theorist, on Thursday, April 21. More information about our concerts and Performance in Context conversations is available at www.friendsofchambermusic.org.

We continue to build on the lessons we learned from last year's virtual presentations, and our Performance in Context series is helping to enhance audience appreciation of our concerts. The University at Albany’s Page Hall is also proving a more versatile venue for our performers and audiences. On the horizon, we will be constructing a new website to advance our marketing, communications, and record keeping efforts. Our board is also thinking more strategically and imagining a broader, more inclusive approach to programming and audience development. And, we were recently awarded a $25,000 NYSCA grant – an important vote of confidence in our organization and a great opportunity to expand our outreach efforts. Covid has certainly posed a challenge for all of us, but we are optimistic about our post-pandemic future.

Speaking of the future, we are excited to share a sneak peek at next year’s concert lineup! Our season will open at UAlbany’s Page Hall on Sunday, October 23, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. with the vibrant and dynamic Thalea String Quartet. Salon Séance, an innovative group that reveals the timelessness of classical music through live performance and theatrical storytelling, will perform at WAMC’s The Linda on Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. On Sunday December 11, 2022 at 3:00 p.m., the acclaimed Pacifica Quartet will bring its virtuosity and exuberant performance style to Page Hall’s main stage. We are especially excited that the Pacifica will be joined by the extraordinary American soprano, Karen Slack. The world-renowned Danish Quartet will perform at Page Hall on the afternoon of Saturday, January 28th, 2023, and our season will conclude on Monday, March 27, 2023 when we bring together three of the most prominent performers in classical music today by hosting the incomparable Tetzlaff-Tetzlaff-Vogt Trio at 7:30 p.m. at Page Hall. In addition, we will capitalize on the presence of these outstanding groups through our Performance in Context program and in various other community outreach activities.

We have also added some talented individuals to our board of directors as we work to expand our capacity to serve you. Among the new additions are Sara Saplin, Executive Director of Special Events for SUNY System Administration; Hilary Cumming, musician and violin teacher at the University at Albany; Charles Kruzansky, public relations specialist with Cornell University; and two excellent student interns from SUNY who are helping to manage our website and improve our efforts to communicate with all of you.

All of this is to say there is new energy and momentum at Friends of Chamber Music. As we look forward to our 74th season, our emphasis will remain on the first word of the title of our organization – FRIENDS. Once the shared love of a small group of chamber music enthusiasts in Troy, we are now a larger, more dynamic and diverse organization serving the classical music community of the greater Capital Region. But the same spirit of friendship that brought us together 73 years ago inspires us today to continue to make the special joy and beauty of chamber music a shared and inclusive experience.

We invite you to join us in this effort by contributing to our work and/or supporting us financially. I would welcome your thoughts and expressions of interest at laursenjl@gmail.com and I encourage you to learn more about our work at www.friendsofchambermusic.org. Needless to say, we are enormously grateful for your past support and look forward to seeing you (and your friends!) at future concerts.

Wishing you a musical 2022,

Jennifer Laursen


Friends of Chamber Music




Friends of Chamber Music
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