PBS Showcases ‘Odyssey: The Chamber Music Society in Greece,’ Featuring Emily D’Angelo

By Jennifer Pyron
(photo credit: CMSLC )

This Friday, September 6th, 2019, PBS will air Live From Lincoln Center’s delightful program “Odyssey: The Chamber Music Society in Greece.”

The Chamber Music Society (CMS) of Lincoln Center’s 2018 site specific performances in Greece’s most cherished places are paired with CMS’ leading musicians to showcase a story-telling experience of culture rich music and history. 

Featured CMS artist mezzo soprano Emily D’Angelo performs with artistic director and world renowned pianist Wu Han in Ravel’s “Cinq mélodies populaires grecques” (Five Greek Folksongs) at the legendary Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. 

“This was my first time in Greece and it was absolutely gorgeous,” D’Angelo told OperaWire. “Music is such a huge part of that culture and to be able to experience that and be part of that was very special. The audience members that came backstage after the performance really enjoyed it. It was a lovely atmosphere and well-received. This is the first time for PBS to go abroad for the Chamber Music Society and to see colleagues together, most of whom have never met, were able to meet and perform at a high-level and unexpected location was very cool.”

Also represented are such artists as violinists Aaron Boyd, Sean Lee, Arnaud Sussmann, and Danbi Um; violists Matthew Lipman and Paul Neubauer; cellists Dmitri Atapine and David Finckel; and flutist Tara Helen O’Connor.

The broadcast will also feature chamber music by Beethoven, Bach, Mendelssohn, and Debussy’s “Syrinx.” George Tsontakis, a contemporary American composer of Greek descent, is also on the program for his 2001 “Selection from Knickknacks for Violin and Viola.”

This performance is also available on CD, released September 3rd, exclusively by CMS.