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Free admission (all visitors, all hours)

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center was launched a decade after the creation of Lincoln Center, on September 11, 1969, which happened to be on the birthday of the Chair of CMS’s board: Alice Tully. With its creation, the art of chamber music took its rightful place among orchestral music, opera, theater, dance, education, and the literary arts on the Lincoln Center campus. Composed initially of a distinguished roster of expert chamber artists, augmented by numerous guests from around the world, the Chamber Music Society quickly reached the highest level of critical acclaim and public popularity. While chamber music had been performed for years in other New York City venues, Lincoln Center’s new constituent institutionalized chamber music in a concert hall all its own, and embraced a long-term mission to ensure the wide-spread vitality of the art form.

This exhibition highlights the rich and diverse work of the organization: the dedicated efforts of the first-class musicians, artistic administrators, tireless staff, visionary board members, world- class artists, generous donors, and enthusiastic audience that comprise the Chamber Music Society family. The intimate and adaptable genre has the ability to touch people far and wide, young and old, through travel, technology, and outreach.