Canceled: The Jazz Effect

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Earlier this week, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker extended the ban on public gatherings of over 50 people to May 10, 2020, in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Similar bans have been issued in cities throughout the United States including New York and Los Angeles. 

As a result, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center has canceled all performances through May 10, including the planned performance of The Jazz Effect at the Harris on April 21. Ticket holders will be contacted by a representative of our box office in the coming weeks about the disposition of tickets. We ask that you consider converting your purchase to a fully tax-deductible donation to the Theater during this challenging time. If you have any questions regarding ticket donations, exchanges, or refunds you may contact our box office at

In terms of pure musicality, George Gershwin was America’s Schubert. He composed with a creativity and skill that immortalized his art, and hardly any of his works is more embedded in the world’s musical consciousness than Rhapsody in Blue, originally described by Gershwin as a “symphony” for piano solo and jazz band. This extraordinary chamber music program pays tribute to great composers who crossed the bridge between the classical and jazz idiom, with dazzling results.

Ravel | Sonata for Violin and Piano (1923-27)
Marsalis | Selections from At the Octoroon Balls for String Quartet (1995) (CMS Co-Commission)
Milhaud | La création du monde for Piano Quintet, Op. 81 (1923)
Gershwin | Rhapsody in Blue for Piano, Four Hands (1924) (arr. Henry Levine)

Anne-Marie McDermott, Orion Weiss, piano 
Chad Hoopes, violin
Orion String Quartet  – Daniel Phillips, Todd Phillips, violin, Steven Tenenbom, viola Timothy Eddy, cello

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