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2017-2018 for CMSFW

For the the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth's 30th season, a new work from composer Pierre Jalbert has been commissioned. Artists include Georgian pianist Elisso Bolkvadze.

published Saturday, July 29, 2017

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Pianist Elisso Bolkvadze


Fort Worth — Below is the 30th season for the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, which features a lot of returning and some new artists. All shows are at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, with the exception of the April 7, 2018 concert, which is at the Kimbell Art Museum.

The group has also commissioned a new work from American composer Pierre Jalbert; and will perform Stravinsky's L’histoire du soldat in its entirety, accompanied by marionettes created and performed by Dan Butterworth.


You can read more about the season, with dates and descriptions, below.

The Chamber Music of Society of Fort Worth is thrilled to announce their 30th Anniversary Season—and what a season this promises to be.  The season title, “The Power of Intimacy,” represents the many facets of chamber music from the passionate collaboration between world-class artists, their interpretations of exhilarating repertoire, and most important, their connection with the audience.

Favorite artists returning to the series include Frank Cohen, clarinet, Richard Young and Michael Klotz, viola, Andrés Díaz, cello and the Atrium Quartet. New to the series but not new to Fort Worth audiences is pianist and Cliburn Gold Medalist, Haochen Zhang. Russian-born Pavel Nersessian and Georgian-born Elisso Bolkvadze, pianists will also make their first-time appearances with CMSFW.



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Composer Pierre Jalbert

For the first time in their 30 year history, the Chamber Music Society has commissioned a work from award-winning American-born composer, Pierre Jalbert. Jalbert is currently Professor of Composition and Theory at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, a post he has held since 1996.  His Piano Quintet is a jointly commissioned work with the La Jolla Music Society and the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music.  CMSFW is honored to present the world premiere on the April 7, 2018 concert. Artists featured on this concert include Cho-Liang Lin, violin and Music Director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest; CMSFW Artistic Director, Gary Levinson, violin; Clive Greensmith, cello, currently a member of the Montrose Trio and until 2013 a member of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet; CMSFW Honored Ensemble Musician, Michael Klotz, viola; and the aforementioned Haochen Zhang, piano.

Another significant highlight for the 2017-18 season is Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat which will be presented in its entirety.  Scheduled for October 14, 2017, this will be the first time in its thirty year history CMSFW has presented this work.  The story will be told by marionettes created and performed by Dan Butterworth.  The ensemble for this performance includes CMSFW Artistic Director, Gary Levinson, violin; Eugene Levinson, recently retired Principal Double Bass for the New York Philharmonic (and father of Gary Levinson); Frank Cohen, former Principal Clarinet for the Cleveland Orchestra. The rest of the ensemble includes three members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Scott Walzel, Associate Principal Bassoon, Ryan Anthony, Principal Trumpet, and Doug Howard, Principal Percussion. The conductor is Ruth Rinehardt, Assistant Conductor for the Dallas Symphony.

Two established ensembles will be presented-the first on November 11, 2017 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the second on May 12, 2018 in the same location.  November 11 will see the return of the Atrium Quartet-a young group who organized as students in St. Petersburg under the inspiration of Josef Levinson (the uncle of AD Gary Levinson), then moved  on to Berlin where they have grown to establish themselves as performers of deep emotion, intellect, virtuosity and technical brilliance. This will be their second appearance on the CMSFW concert series. Of their first performance in Fort Worth, it was written “The Quartet…gave a stupendous performance of Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 3. The Atrium quartet played as if the piece were in their blood.  At the end many in the audience must have felt a sense of emotional exhaustion.”  Star-Telegram.

New to the series is Tempest Trio which has been recently compared by critics to the legendary "Million Dollar Trio" of Arthur Rubinstein, Gregor Piatigorsky, and Jascha Heifetz. This formidable ensemble will close the season on May 12, 2018 at the Modern.



September 16, 2017  Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

“No Translation Necessary”


Prokofiev                     Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56                            

Prokofiev                     Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80                                 

Schubert                      String Trio in B flat Major, D. 471                                         

Shostakovich               Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57                                          

Gary Levinson, violin; Francesca dePasquale, violin; Richard Young, viola; Bion Tsang, cello; Pavel Nersessian, piano



October 14, 2017  Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

“In the Theater of Life”


Messiaen                    Quartet for the End of Time                                      

Stravinsky                    L’histoire du soldat                                                    

Gary Levinson, violin; Andrés Díaz, cello; Eugene Levinson, double bass; Frank Cohen, clarinet; Scott Walzel, bassoon; Ryan Anthony, trumpet; Massimo La Rosa, Trombone; Doug Howard, percussion; Jihye Chang, piano; Dan Butterworth, marionettes;  Ruth Rinhardt, conductor



November 11, 2017  Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

“Outside the Shadow of Beethoven” Atrium Quartet


Brahms                       String Quartet   No. 1, Op. 51 in C Minor                  

Beethoven                   String Quartet   No. 13, Op. 30 in B flat Major                     

Shostakovich               String Quartet   No. 12, Op. 133 in D flat Major

The Atrium Quartet is Sergey Malov and Anton Ilynin, violins; Dmitry Pitulko, viola; and Anna Gorelova, cello


January 6, 2018    Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

“From Vienna to Brotherhood”


Martinu                       Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola            

Schumann                   Three Fantasiestücke for Cello and Piano                 

Brahms                       Piano Quartet No. 3, Op. 60 in C Minor

Gary Levinson, violin; Roberto Díaz, viola; Andrés Díaz, cello, Baya Kakouberi, piano                    



February 17, 2018  Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

“The Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove” or “Love and Fury”


Beethoven                   Sonata for Violin and Piano, No.9, Op. 47 (Kreutzer)

Beethoven                   Serenade for Violin, Viola, Cello, Op. 8 in D Major

Franck                         Piano Quintet in F Minor

Gary Levinson, violin; Felix Olschofka,violin; Michael Klotz, viola; Santiago Cañón-Valencia, cello; Elisso Bolkvadze, piano.



April 7, 2018  Piano Pavilion in the Kimbell Art Museum

“Passing the Torch”


Shostakovich               Three Pieces for 2 Violins and Piano

Jalbert                         Piano Quintet (Premiere)

Dvořák                         Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74 (B.148)

Brahms                       Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34

Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Gary Levinson, violin; Michael Klotz, viola; Clive Greensmith, cello; Haochen  Zhang, piano.



May 12, 2018              Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

“No Walk on the Beach”  The Tempest Trio


Brahms                       Piano Trio, Op. 101, No. 3 in C Major

Beach                          Piano Trio, Op. 150

Beethoven                   Piano Trio, Op. 97, No. 7 in B flat Major (Archduke)

The Tempest Trip is Alon Goldstein, piano; Ilya Kaler, viollin; and Amit Peled, cello.



The popular Pre-Concert Conversations with Laurie Shulman and Gary Levinson will be at 1:15 pm prior to each concert.  These highly informative and well attended talks bring the listener to a greater understanding and appreciation for the works to be performed. 

Tickets remain the same price as in the previous season with season tickets $30 for Students, $180 for Senior and $210 for General Admission.  Single tickets are $5 for Students, $30 for Seniors and $35 for General Admission.  For more information about the concerts and to purchase tickets please visit us at or call the office at 817-877-3003. Thanks For Reading

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For the the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth's 30th season, a new work from composer Pierre Jalbert has been commissioned. Artists include Georgian pianist Elisso Bolkvadze.
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