CMS Front Row was originally conceived in March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible to perform for live audiences in the concert hall.  CMS Front Row was created to sustain audiences and provide a new way to experience this beautiful art form in a meaningful and innovative way, from the virtual “Front Row,” in the comfort and safety of listeners’ homes.

Chamber Music Tulsa is proud to work with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to bring these world-class pre-recorded concert directly to you! Each performance will be available to stream on this page at any time during the allotted five day period.

Past Front Row Concerts

David Shifrin

October 1-5, 2020

Clarinetist David Shifrin has been a major presence in the chamber music world for decades as both performer and artistic director. In these beautiful performances, drawn from the archive video recordings of Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, we experience a program of great variety. Shifrin makes the clarinet sing like an operatic soloist in Mozart’s masterpiece quintet, and shows the clarinet’s range and brilliance in Bassi’s flight of fancy based on tunes from Verdi’s opera “Rigoletto”. The program closes with a lament by American master Duke Ellington, originally composed for the clarinetist of Ellington’s jazz orchestra. 


Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581

Bassi: Concert Fantasia on Verdi's Rigoletto

Ellington: Clarinet Lament

David Shifrin, Gloria Chien, Bella Hristova, Danbi Um, Mark Holloway, Dmitri Atapine

Michael Brown

November 12-15, 2020

Last summer, when more and more concert offerings started becoming available in a virtual format, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center combed through video archives to put together interesting programs to offer as part of their “Front Row” series. We watched this concert by pianist Michael Brown and absolutely loved it. It was all music mostly new to Chamber Music Tulsa. Bruce couldn’t believe he’d never heard a concert performance of Barber’s “Souvenirs” in its original 4-hand version. And we would rarely be able to offer this wonderful Sextet by Mendelssohn on our series with its expanded instrumentation of piano, violin, 2 violas, cello, and bass. It is a thrilling work and we can’t wait to watch this performance again!


Barber: Souveniers 

Brown: Prelude & Dance

Mendelssohn: Sextet Op. 110

Featuring Michael Brown, Gilles Vonsattel, Chad Hoopes, Matthew Lipman, Paul Neubauer, Nicholas Canellakis, Joseph Conyers