Welcome from the Artistic Director

Oskar Espina-Ruiz of UNC School of the Arts 7/13/12

To celebrate our 2015–2016 10th Anniversary Season we are embarking on a year-long exploration of masterpieces from the chamber music repertoire. Old friends are returning to Treetops CMS for this special occasion, including the Shanghai Quartet and flutist Tanya Dusevic Witek from our inaugural season, pianist Tanya Bannister, Musicians From Ravinia and others, who will share the stage with many new artist friends.

Opening night features Anne-Marie McDermott with piano trios by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Cécile Chaminade. The J.C. Arriaga Competition winners bring fresh, new energy to classics by Ravel, Schubert and Dvorak. The Shanghai Quartet returns to play Beethoven, Mozart and selections from their CD ChinaSong. Musicians From Ravinia put a wide-angle lens on the Romantic era: a Mozart piano quartet that hints at the Romantic style, a Brahms string quintet and Schoenberg’s String Trio, which starts to break into Expressionism. Tanya Bannister presents the beloved Dvorak Piano Quintet No. 2 side by side with Shostakovich’s poetic Piano Quintet in G minor. And we wrap up the season with a memorable harp program featuring Treetops CMS co-founder Lisa Tannebaum.

Treetops CMS has come a long way in 10 short years, establishing a highly regarded national young artists program,the J.C. Arriaga Competition; commissioning and premiering new works; presenting family concerts in partnership with Curiosity Concerts; and launching the Listening Room, a new music concert series in partnership with Franklin Street Works. Our 10th Anniversary Season will also see the launch of two new Treetops CMS outreach programs: Young Artists Mentor Youth and New Music New Life, in partnership with Project Music, Chester Addison Community Center and Kids in Crisis, and underwritten by GE Capital Treasury.

I am very proud of the unique environment we have built for the enjoyment of chamber music at Treetops CMS, where concertgoers immerse themselves in the art exhibits on display at each concert, recharge body and mind walking through the beautiful Treetops grounds, and enrich their love for music in conversations with musicians, artists and fellow attendees. Music at Treetops CMS is intimate, passionate and electrifying.

I hope you will join us!

Oskar Espina Ruiz
Artistic Director

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