All of the concerts will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel at no cost. Any gift, large or small, helps us continue our mission. Find out how to make a contribution here.
What to expect from our virtual season:

Performance in Context events are in-depth conversations with the musicians and other notables in the classical music world. These live meetings offer the audience the chance to ask questions and interact with the guests. Held over Zoom.

Pre (or Post) Concert Q&A are short sessions that provide audience members a chance to talk to the musicians about the music and composers featured on the program. Held over Zoom.

Concerts are currently streamed via Youtube, premiered live, and viewable in full on our Youtube channel for a limited time with highlights available thereafter. Concerts are recorded and/or curated exclusively for Friends of Chamber Music.




֍ Performance in Context:  Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:30-8:30 PM (Zoom)
֍ Pre-concert Q&A at 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 10, 2021 (Zoom)
֍ Concert: Saturday, April 10, 2021, 7:30 PM (YouTube)
The Ernest Livingstone Memorial Concert

Acclaimed for its bold interpretive strength and electrifying performances, the Quartet’s singular approach and unanimity of purpose in both musical and cultural cooperation have quickly earned the group a reputation as an “outstanding ensemble...cohesive yet full of temperament.” (The New York Times).

Music by Beethoven, Widmann, and Schumann. Their program can be found here.

Past Events



֍ Performance in Context: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 6:30-7:30PM Conversation with Voyage Sonique’s Artistic Director and Baroque violinist, Augusta McKay Lodge (Zoom)
֍ Pre-concert Q&A at 6:30 PM on Saturday, March 20, 2021 (Zoom)
֍ Concert: Saturday, March 20, 2021, 7:30-8:30 PM (Youtube Premiere)
The Hildegard and Heinrich Medicus Memorial Concert


Voyage Sonique, a period ensemble devoted to historical performance of baroque music, is praised for their "strong interpretative inclinations” and “haunting quality” (The Herald). Most recently, they’ve taken second prize in international competition at the Lyceum Club International de Suisse 40th Concours de Musique.

A Bartók Journey: Exploring the 6 String Quartets

Begins March 2021

A six-week event featuring live-stream performances of all six String Quartets of Béla Bartók, in-depth discussions with Bartók experts, virtual open rehearsals, and enriching social media content.
Friends of Chamber Music is sponsoring Week 1, which focuses on Bartók’s String Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 7. For more information about week ones events, the project and future weeks, click HERE.

Our audience has FREE access to all six weeks. Sign up here!

Performance in Context

Join Friends of Chamber Music when we host GRAMMY Award-winning composer, entrepreneur, and violist of the Attacca Quartet, Nathan Schram, for a discussion about his mission to bring about positive social change through music education. Schram is the founder and Artistic Director of Musicambia, one of the few programs in America to provide incarcerated individuals with weekly training on a variety of musical instruments. The innovative program combines instrumental music and collaborative work skills to help inmates cope with life in and out of prison. 



Named a “one-woman dynamo” by The Boston Globe and Boston’s Best 2018 "Creative Catalyst" by The Improper Bostonian, Maria Finkelmeier is a percussion performer, composer, educator, and arts entrepreneur.

Finkelmeier will present Descended: a multi-media work by MASARY Studios featuring trumpet player Jean Laurenz.

To watch the Performance in Context conversation, click HERE

For their concert and showing of 'Descended', click HERE

Performance In Context
Joseph Curtin

Are Stradivari violins truly superior to the best modern instruments? 

Friends of Chamber Music of Troy hosts MacArthur-winning violinmaker, researcher and writer, Joseph Curtin, in a conversation over Zoom about the acoustics of fine violins. Curtin will take us through the anatomy of the violin, provide a look at his recent innovations in violin design, and discuss his experiments comparing fine old Italian violins with modern instruments.

To watch this conversation, click HERE



The Myra Herron Memorial Concert 

Praised for their “huge range of dynamics, massive sound and spontaneity” (American Record Guide), the Viano String Quartet are an ensemble on the rise!
First Prize winners at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition, and top prize winners at the Wigmore Hall and Osaka International Chamber Music Competitions, the Viano String Quartet are Ensemble-in-Residence at the Colburn Conservatory of Music through the 2020-21 season.

Music by Franz Schubert, Florence Price and Carolyn Shaw

View their program here

For highlights from their concert, click HERE OR HERE.


Praised for their “superb capacity to find the inner heart of everything they play, regardless of era, style, or technical demand” (The International Review of Music), the Tesla Quartet brings refinement and prowess to both new and established repertoire. Dubbed “technically superb” by The Strad, the Tesla Quartet has won top prizes in numerous international competitions.

Program “Viaggio in Italia” with music of Wolf, Mozart, Gesualdo, Puccini, and Sollima

Their program can be viewed and downloaded here

To watch the Performance in Context conversation, click HERE

For highlights from their concert, click HERE

Performance in Context


Bow expert Sawyer Thomson provides a close look at the world of fine instruments and bows. Learn what makes a great bow great, and how the stick, seemingly so simple, is exactingly crafted to produce something magical in the hands of a skilled musician.

To watch this converstation, click HERE

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