CMA Chamber Music on Main and CMA Jazz on Main Launch Seasons Acclaimed Concert Series Fill the Museum with Beautiful Music

Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art announces the 2017 – 2018 seasons of both CMA Chamber Music on Main and CMA Jazz on Main. Both series feature world-renowned artistic directors and are intimately set in the museum’s gorgeous DuBose-Poston Reception Hall.

CMA Chamber Music on Main
Tuesday, September 26 | Happy hour and galleries open at 6:00 p.m. | Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. | Cash Bar

CMA Chamber Music on Main brings together world-class musicians acclaimed in their respective instruments under the leadership of cellist Edward Arron. Arron has garnered recognition worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Arron served as the artistic director of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert and participated in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project as well as Isaac Stern’s Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters. He joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016 and has served on the faculty of New York University since 2009. This is both his final season as artistic director and the 16th and final season of the concert series in its current form.

“I am as excited as ever to be returning to my musical home away from home for another season of joyful and festive music making,” says Arron. “As many of you know by now, this will be my farewell season as the artistic director of CMA Chamber Music on Main, but please know that, as I pursue new projects, I will never be a stranger to the city of Columbia.”

Classical music has been a major part of the museum since opening in 1950, and the CMA will continue its commitment to hosting high quality performances in the future.

“Eddie is like family to so many of us, and we wish him the best as he embarks on his new adventures at the University of Massachusetts and beyond,” says Joelle Ryan-Cook, CMA deputy director and director of external affairs. “With renovations now underway, we are taking the opportunity to look at longtime initiatives like this one with a fresh eye. We’re excited about the possibilities our renovated spaces afford us to create a new vision for classical music at the CMA, and we look forward to inviting Eddie back to perform in the future.”

Continuing the tradition of first-class chamber music played by remarkable talent, this season features the return of many of the most popular musicians who have played throughout the years. In the season premiere, the CMA welcomes back Andrew Armstrong on piano, Tessa Lark on violin, and Danielle Farina on viola, who join Arron on cello to perform works by Beethoven, Françaix, Debussy, and Schumann.

“As always, I look forward to welcoming back old friends as well as some exciting debuts to our stage,” says Arron. “Please join me for what promises to be an extraordinary season of chamber music at the Columbia Museum of Art.”

Upcoming concerts in the 2017 – 2018 season:

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018
  • Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Season Tickets: $100
Individual Seats: $35 / $28 for members / $5 for students

Presented by U.S. Trust and the generosity of supporting sponsors.

CMA Jazz on Main
Friday, September 29 | Happy hour and galleries open at 7:00 p.m. | Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. | Cash Bar

The fifth season of this exciting series of hot jazz performances kicks off under the artistic direction of internationally renowned band leader Noel Freidline. Based out of Charlotte, N.C., Freidline and his band have opened for many jazz legends, from Dave Brubeck to Rosemary Clooney. The Noel Freidline Quartet’s sound is characterized by sophisticated arrangements that always retain a playful element of spontaneity.

“Four years ago I was really excited when we kicked off CMA Jazz on Main,” says Freidline. “But I could have never predicted the success that we have experienced. I couldn’t be more excited to launch into a new season, especially as the museum is going through its own transformation.”

The series premieres with vocalist Maria Howell, back by very popular demand, gracing the stage with her dynamic presence and inimitable vocal stylings. Best known for her role as the choir soloist in the 1985 Oscar-nominated film The Color Purple, she is a captivating, dynamic performer, combining an endearing stage presence with a musicality rarely heard in vocalists. Joined by the Noel Freidline Quartet, Howell pays tribute to female artists and groups that became points of reference and influence for those who came after them. Featuring works by Carole King, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Karen Carpenter, Carly Simon, the Chiffons, and the Shirelles, Howell and Freidline will also perform selections from their recently released album Old Devil Moon.

“I am thrilled we were able to get Maria Howell back this season,” continues Freidline. “She is fresh off her role in Academy Award Best Picture nominee Hidden Figures, so her schedule is even busier than ever. I truly have not worked with an artist that I enjoy more than Maria.”

Upcoming concerts in the 2017 – 2018 season:

  • An Evening with Maria Howell — Friday, September 29, 2017
  • Jingle Bell Jazz — Friday, December 8, 2017
  • A Jazz Celebration of the Beatles — Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Saxophone Summit — Friday, May 11, 2018

Season Tickets: $100
Individual Seats: $35 / $28 for members / $5 for students
Premier Table Seating:
$300 for 6 guests & 2 bottles of wine (sold out for series premiere)
$200 for 4 guests & 1 bottle of wine

Presented through the generosity of supporting sponsors.

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