The collaboration between St. Cecilia Music Center here in Grand Rapids and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has been so successful, that it shows no signs of slowing down, and a new season is about to begin.

Co-artistic director and pianist, Wu Han, will perform with colleagues Kristin Lee, Yura Lee and Arnaud Sussman, violin; Richard O’Neill, viola and Nicholas Canellakis, cello, on Thursday evening, March 16, with a program entitled “French Virtuosity.”

David Finkel & Wu Han/Courtesy SCMC
David Finkel & Wu Han/Courtesy SCMC

The program will feature Leclair Concerto in E minor for Violin, String Quartet and Continuo, Op. 10, No. 5, Françaix Trio for Violin, Viola and Cello, Ravel Tzigane, rapsodie de concert for Violin and Piano, and Chausson Concerto in D Major for Violin, Piano and String Quartet, Op. 21.

Other special highlights of the evening will be:

• A pre-concert wine and hors d’oeurves reception from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in the 2nd floor newly renovated Ballroom for $15;

• A pre-concert artist talk. Musicians performing that evening will take part in a question and answer session moderated by Executive Director Catherine Holbrook in Royce Auditorium from 7 – 7:30 pm preceding the concert; and

• A complimentary post-concert wine, coffee and dessert reception for the audience to meet the artists and obtain signed CDs of their releases.

Concert tickets are $38 and $43 and can be purchased by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224 or visiting the box office at 24 Ransom Ave. NE. Tickets can also be purchased online at

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