2021/22 Season

Below find dates for our EIGHTY-THIRD SEASON, including the conclusion of our Beethoven Festival with the fabulous Emerson String Quartet this fall and concerts by Imani Winds and Eighth Blackbird coming spring 2022. Please note, if you purchased tickets for any or all concerts of the postponed 20/21 season, they have been automatically transferred to the 21/22 season. Refunds can be issued by request only. You can also convert your purchased tickets to a donation by request. Your patronage and support is vital to our continued success!

We look forward to seeing you again for live chamber music starting on October 24, 2021!


The year 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth on December 16, 1770. We are celebrating this milestone with a year-long Beethoven Festival, the centerpiece of which is the Emerson String Quartet’s performance of all sixteen Beethoven String Quartets over six concerts from February 2020 through November 2021. This festival is dedicated in loving memory of Ben Franklin.

For more information, please visit our Beethoven Festival page!

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The Emerson String Quartet has been one of the world’s premier chamber music ensembles for more than 40 years. Its DG recording of the Beethoven quartet cycle has earned acclaim for being “technically flawless” and giving 19/20 the impression of being “forged in white heat.”

Fall 2021 Concerts — The Beethoven Cycle Concludes!

Concert 4 — Sunday, October 24, 2021

BEETHOVEN: Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 74 “Harp”
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 127

Concert 5 — Saturday, December 4, 2021

BEETHOVEN: Quartet in A minor, Op. 132
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130
BEETHOVEN: Große Fuge in B-flat major, Op. 133

Concert 6 — Sunday, December 5, 2021

BEETHOVEN: Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131
BEETHOVEN: Quartet in F major, Op. 135
BEETHOVEN: Alternate Finale to Op. 130

Also in our 2021/22 Season!


IMANI WINDS — Sunday, February 6, 2022

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Celebrating over two decades of music making, the Grammy nominated Imani Winds has led both a revolution and evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations, and outreach endeavors that have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Repertoire: * indicates a first presentation for the Society


ELLIOTT CARTER: Quintet for Winds*


ANDERS HILLBORG: Six Pieces for Wind Quintet*

VALERIE COLEMAN: Afro-Cuban Concerto*


EIGHTH BLACKBIRD — Sunday, March 6, 2022

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Eighth Blackbird, hailed as “one of the smartest, most dynamic ensembles on the planet” (Chicago Tribune), began in 1996 as a group of six entrepreneurial Oberlin Conservatory students and continues today under the leadership of founding members Lisa Kaplan (executive director) and Matthew Duvall (artistic director). Eighth Blackbird has won four Grammy Awards for Best Small Ensemble/Chamber Music Performance over its 23-year history and has become “a brand-name defined by adventure, vibrancy and quality” (Detroit Free Press).

Repertoire: * all pieces are first presentations for the Society!


BEKAH SIMMS: Metamold*

TYSON J. DAVIS: Between Light and Shadow*


THOMAS ALBERT: Thirteen Ways: XIII. Serene*

VIET CUONG: Electric Aroma*

JULIA WOLFE: Singing in the Dead of Night*

RICHARD REED PARRY: Strange Sunrise*



The 2021 competition has been postponed. Please join us in March 2022 — Date TBA!

Macauley Pic BannerEvery March the Macauley Chamber Music Competition is organized and sponsored by the Chamber Music Society of Louisville to cultivate young musicians’ interest in performing and appreciating chamber music. The competition is always open for public viewing.


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