Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center"Why I Love Music" Contest Celebrates 2014 Launch of Historic SPAC - CMS Partnership


Saratoga Springs, N.Y. - In anticipation of the inaugural season of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's new Saratoga residency, SPAC has announced a contest to award a day trip for two to New York City to attend CMS' season finale concert at Lincoln Center on Sunday, May 18 at 5 p.m. The prize package includes two roundtrip Amtrak tickets and VIP seating in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall for the "Mendelssohn and Brahms" CMS program along with an invitation to a special post-concert reception.



Entrants simply need to fill out a form at and express in 100 words or less, "Why I Love Music." Submissions must be received by Monday, May 12 at 5 p.m.; winner will be chosen at random. No purchase is necessary to enter.

"Excitement is building for the debut season of CMS at SPAC," said Marcia J. White, President and Executive Director of Saratoga Performing Arts Center. "This contest will take the enthusiasm a notch higher by giving fans the chance to win a ‘sneak preview' of the CMS experience by attending a concert at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Rich programming, world-class artists and beautiful surroundings are a signature of CMS performances at any venue; this is a wonderful opportunity for music fans."

The winner will receive a prize package valued at more than $400 that will include two (2) round-trip Amtrak train tickets for travel between Albany-Rensselaer and NYC Penn Station and two (2) tickets to the May 18, 5 p.m. CMS concert in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center along with (2) invitations for the post-concert reception in the Hauser Patron Salon. The "Mendelssohn and Brahms" CMS program will feature six world renowned artists including Gilbert Kalish (piano), Shmuel Ashkenasi (violin), Philip Setzer (violin), Richard O'Neill (viola), Arnaud Sussman (viola) and Paul Watkins (cello).

In October 2013, SPAC and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center jointly announced CMS at SPAC, a new partnership in which CMS will become SPAC's resident chamber music ensemble. Led by Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han, Musical America's 2012 Musicians of the Year, the three-week festival will feature six programs of wide-ranging repertoire, from the classical period to the 21st century. Kicking off on Monday, August 11 and continuing through Tuesday, August 26, the series will feature an illustrious lineup of artists including Anne-Marie McDermott, Benjamin Beilman, Arnaud Sussmann, Yura Lee, Paul Watkins, and the Miró Quartet, among others.

Ticket prices for the CMS at SPAC series are $40 - $45 and are on sale now online at; Box Office and phone sales begin May 15. Also available is a subscription offer that extends a $5 per ticket discount to anyone purchasing a ticket to three or more chamber music performances.




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