The long-awaited collaboration between our own St. Cecilia Music Center and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, begins this Thursday night.


  The first concert in the series begins with cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han performing with violinist Philip Setzer.

Their program features Dvorak’s Piano Trio in E-flat Major, “Dumky” and Piano Trio No. 3 in F minor as well as Cello Sonata in E Minor by Brahms. Both David Finckel and Philip Setzer worked for many years together in the Emerson String Quartet. Finckel recently retired from the group in early 2012 to forge new partnerships on his own with his wife Wu Han including a new partnership with St. Cecilia Music Center. David Finckel and Wu Han world-renowned musicians and the artistic directors of the preeminent Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center are now working with Grand Rapids as the new artist directors of St. Cecilia Music Center’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Series.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s artistic directors, are recognized as among the top musicians in the world and were recently named “Musicians of the Year” by Musical America in 2011.
Located in Downtown Grand Rapids, St. Cecilia Music Center is proclaimed to be one of the finest concert halls in the world according to world-renowned musicians who have played here. Many of the musicians who have performed on the Royce Auditorium stage have called it “one of the finest acoustical settings in the world” and this has increased their desire to return to the community to perform again at St. Cecilia Music Center.

NYC2GR is St. Cecilia Music Center’s new campaign for announcing the new partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and their collaboration in bringing world-renowned artists to the community. A trip to Lincoln Center is as close as downtown Grand Rapids with this new partnership and will have a huge impact on the cultural growth of Grand Rapids.  A new website – – has been secured to help the community recognize and get excited about this direct connection to one of the most significant cultural organizations in the world.

This is milestone moment for St. Cecilia Music Center and for Grand Rapids, creating a cultural destination for artists from around the world and collaboration with the most important and preeminent music organization in the country.

Season tickets to the St. Cecilia Jazz Series remain available at special rates by calling 616-459-2224 or visiting St. Cecilia Music Center at 24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids, 49503. Tickets can be also purchased online at
Season Tickets include:
• 20% off single ticket prices
• Reserved parking on concert nights
• Complimentary tickets to all pre-concert receptions (normally a $15 per person/per concert)

Ticket prices:
Subscriptions for all six concerts in both the jazz and chamber music series are $170 for A section tickets and $140 for B section tickets. Subscriptions to either the jazz or the chamber music three-concert series are $90 for A section and $75 for B section. Subscription prices represent a 20% discount off regular single ticket prices and complimentary tickets to all pre-concert appetizer and wine receptions. Single tickets for any concert are $35 for an A section seat and $30 for a B section seat. Student tickets are available for $10. A four-ticket flex pass is available for a 10% discount and can be used for any concert throughout the season. An A section flex pass is $133 and B section flex pass is $114. Pre-concert receptions can be purchased individually for $15 pp. Great Artist Gala concert and post-concert tickets are $75. A patron ticket that includes the pre-concert sit-down dinner and a tax-deduction is $250 per person. Tickets can be purchased by calling St. Cecilia Music Center at 616-459-2224, visiting the box office at 24 Ransom Ave. NE or purchasing online at

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