Chamber music is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments— traditionally a group that could fit in a palace chamber. The musicians are usually in trios or quartets so it is a much more intimate concert that a whole symphony orchestra. And therein lies the beauty of this exquisite and unique musical compilation.
The Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society was established in 1961 by a group who wanted to bring the world’s finest artists to our city. And they have done so over and over for the past five decades. Their board is made up of a zealous group of aficionados with the highest of standards. The groups that they bring to Pittsburgh are simply the best in the world.
The concerts are also held in one of the most beautiful performance venues in the world. The Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland is encased with gorgeous marble and adorned with exquisite chandeliers. It reeks of the grandeur of the late 1800’s and has to have a few ghosts sequestered within it’s walls. It is an absolutely awe inspiring venue. I love to pause on the second floor balcony as I exit and just spend a few moments looking down on the lobby. It is so beautiful that it takes your breath away.
The society has a long established group of subscribers who share an intimate love of chamber music and respond to the evocative draw of this incredible society of connoisseurs. I once had the honor of working closely with this wonderful society and promise that you will never find a more loyal group of followers. I got the opportunity to speak with dedicated subscribers who shared wonderful stories with me. There was the woman who told me she had held the same seat for every concert since she was in college and that was over 40 years ago. There were the four men in their 80’s who met for every concert and the couple in Sewickley who hated to give up their membership but found it too far to travel at age 97. The people I dealt with were the nicest I’ve ever encountered from the longtime subscribers to the dedicated board members. I promise that you will meet some of the most interesting people in Pittsburgh if you just come out for one of their concerts.
Annie Mollova is the director and has been able to bring a fresh perspective to the concert series. Along with her new marketing coordinator, Rebecca MaNamee, she is instilling a whole new social aspect to the concert experience. They have added a new concierge service for those that wish to be dropped off at the carriage driveway. How much old world can you get than that? I’m sure that Andrew Carnegie would approve. They have a lobby concert before each concert that runs from 7:00 – 7:20 and have a post concert gathering at the Porch at Schenley that provides a chance to meet and mingle with the performers. It is a rare opportunity that you will cherish for life.
Check out the next concert tomorrow night, January 29 at 7:30 pm. You can buy tickets at the door and Annie is great at letting you sit wherever you please. The prestigious Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Winds and Piano will be performing and this is one that you will not want to miss.