Winstead Chamber Music Series

We’re excited to welcome you to the 23/24 inaugural Winstead Chamber Music Series performances. This season features music that will enhance your love for chamber music and leave you feeling inspired —curated by your very own CSO musicians and performed in the intimate setting of Wilks Studio at Music Hall.

These performances routinely sell out. Subscribe to the remaining 3 performances today to secure your spot!

Reflections of America

Fri Oct 13, 2023 | 7:30 pm

Dvořák scholar Jaroslav Holeček wrote that the American Quartet “reflects the happy, restful moments and the magic of the beautiful countryside…beginning shortly after sunrise.” Dvořák’s lyrical and exuberant String Quartet opens the Winstead Chamber Music Series alongside Libby Larsen’s energetic Corker for clarinet and percussion, and John Harbison’s complex and fearless Quintet for Winds. Brahms’ robust and sentimental String Quartet No. 1 closes the program.

Death and the Maiden

Fri Jan 19, 2024 | 7:30 pm

“It's impossible to listen to all four movements of the quartet without an awareness of death’s shadow stalking Schubert and emerging in the most funereal passages" (Classic FM). Franz Schubert wrote his String Quartet, Death and the Maiden, near the end of his life, capturing the emotions of wrestling with mortality in a tapestry of dialogues between the players. Beethoven and Dvořák’s Serenades bookend an evening of reflection on what it means to have lived.

The Art of the Trio: Brahms & Tchaikovsky

Thu Mar 21, 2024 | 7:30 pm

Tchaikovsky’s Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello is a gigantic piece of music considering the size of the ensemble. Written in memory of Tchaikovsky’s friend and teacher Nicholas Rubinstein, the piece is full of rich textures and wonderful melodies, but there is a poignant emotionality present throughout, culminating in a finale drenched in despair and mourning. Brahms’ touching and beautiful Trio precedes this mammoth piece, while Ruth Gipp’s playful dialogue between winds and harp, representing the story of Pan & Apollo’s competition, opens the program.

Spotlight on Winds & Strings

Thu Apr 25, 2024 | 7:30 pm

The Winstead Chamber Music Series concludes its 23/24 season with a collection of music highlighting the CSO’s winds and strings. From the folk-inspired Schulhoff Concertino and the reflective Reinecke Trio, to the rhapsodic and rhythmic Trio from Khachaturian and the crafted harmonies of Schumann’s String Quartet, there is something for every chamber music fan to love.