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 sessions are short sessions providing audience members a chance to talk to the musicians about the music and composers featured on the program. Held over Zoom.

Concerts this year are held over 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 by the musicians specifically for Friends of Chamber Music and not available elsewhere.



Performance in Context: Thursday, November 19th, 2020, 7:30-8:00 PM (Zoom)
Pre-concert Q&A begins at 7:00 PM on Saturday, November 21, 2020 (Zoom)
Concert: Saturday, November 21, 2020, 7:30-8:30 PM (Youtube Premiere)

The Myra Herron Memorial Concert

The Viano String Quartet won First Prize at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition and top prizes at the Wigmore Hall and Osaka International Chamber Music Competitions. They are Ensemble-in-Residence at the Colburn Conservatory of Music through the 2020-21 season.

Music by Haydn, Bartok, and Schumann.

Performance In Context
Joseph Curtin

Thursday, December 10, 2020, 7:30 PM

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.



Performance in Context:  Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:30-8:00 PM (Zoom)
Concert: Saturday, January 16th, 2021, 7:30 PM (Youtube Premiere)
Post-concert Q&A at 8:30 PM on Saturday, January 16th, 2021 (Zoom)

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 Koizumi: a multi-media work by MASARY Studios featuring trumpet player Jean Laurenz.

Performance in Context

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 7:30 p.m.

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. 



Performance in Context: Friday, March 19th, 2021 at 6:30-7:00PM 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 20th, 2021 (Zoom)
Concert: Saturday, March 20th, 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.




Performance in Context:  Thursday, April 8th, 2021 at 7:30-8:00 PM (Zoom)
Pre-concert Q&A at 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 10th, 2021 (Zoom)
Concert: Saturday, April 10th, 2021, 7:30 PM (Youtube Premiere)

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 Dvoṙák, Ellington, and Brahms.

Past Events


Performance in Context: Thursday, October 15, 2020, 7:30 PM with Tesla Quartet’s Ross Snyder
Pre-concert Zoom Q&A begins at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020
Concert: Saturday, October 17, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

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


Thursday, September 17, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Performance in Context Series

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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