Boston Chamber Music Society
The Boston Chamber Music Society (BCMS) is an American organization of musicians located in Boston, Massachusetts and dedicated to the performance and promotion of chamber music. The organization performs works from the Baroque era to the present day and is a member of Chamber Music America and ArtsBoston. BCMS' website states that it is "New England’s preeminent chamber music society and presents the most extensive and longest-running concert series in the region". BCMS currently offers 8 concerts throughout the year at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre and at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School's Fitzgerald Theatre. Each spring BCMS also hosts an annual chamber music workshop for mixed ensembles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The organization is led by artistic director Marcus Thompson and managing director Wen Huang.
BCMS was founded in 1982 by a group of music professionals in the Boston area. Originally called the Boston Conservatory Chamber Players, its founding members include such distinguished musicians as cellist and founding artistic director Ronald Thomas, cellist and founding executive director Bruce Coppock, violinists Stephanie Chase and Lynn Chang, violist Katherine Murdock, flutist Fenwick Smith, clarinetist Thomas Hill, and pianist Christopher O'Riley, among others. Current members of BCMS include: violist and artistic director Marcus Thompson, oboist Peggy Pearson, violinists Jennifer Frautschi, Yura Lee and Harumi Rhodes, violist Dimitri Murrah, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan, and pianist Max Levinson.
BCMS also invites guest musicians to perform in their concerts. Past and current BCMS guests include violinists Steven Copes, and Arturo Delmoni; violists Cynthia Phelps, Steven Ansell, and Mark Holloway; cellists Astrid Schween, Michael Reynolds, Michelle Djokic, Rhonda Rider and Wilhelmina Smith; double bassist Edwin Barker; sopranos Dawn Upshaw and Amanda Forsythe; baritone Chris Pedro Trakas; clarinetists Romie de Guise-Langlois, Alexander Fiterstein, and Jo-Ann Sternberg; French horn player William Purvis; harpist Jessica Li Zhou; and pianists Rieko Aizawa, Pedja Muzijevic and Benjamin Hochman; among many others.
BCMS has toured Europe, Asia and throughout the United States. The ensemble has also performed at many of the world's leading music festivals and collaborated with some of the world's finest music organizations including The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Muir Quartet, the Borromeo Quartet, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Sanibel Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Festival.
Awards and honors
- Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino named March 26 as "BCMS Day" as a tribute to the organization's 25th anniversary.
To date BCMS has released six CDs. BCMS has also recorded music for compilation CDs on the Koch Int'l Classics label, Andante label, Music Little People label, Boston Centre label, and Pearl label. The first four of BCMS's CDs listed below were recorded under the Northeastern label, and the fifth and the sixth were under its own recording label.
- Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114 / Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115, recorded in 1990
- Brahms: Piano Trio in B major, Op. 8 / Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 60, recorded in 1990
- Shostakovich: Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 67 / Cello Sonata in D minor, recorded in 1994
- Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4 / Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70, recorded in 1994
- Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 / Enescu: Octet in C major, Op. 7, recorded in 1998
- Mozart: Trio in E-flat major, K. 498 "Kegelstatt" / Schumann: Märchenerzählungen, Op. 132 / Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat, Bartók: Contrasts, recorded in 1999