Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Brings French Enchantment Tour to Houston to Kinder HSPVA Students

Take a musical trip to Paris with one of NYC’s premier classical chamber groups

Society for the Performing Arts’ Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will be Thursday January 16, 2020 at 8 p.m. at Zilka Hall, The Hobby Center

Experience the grace, wit, and charm of French music with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) on Tuesday January 16 at the Hobby Center presented by Society for the Performing Arts (SPA). The artists have been hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “prestigious beyond belief.”

Clive Greensmith by CherylynnTsushi

As CMS celebrates its 50th anniversary season in 2019-20, education and global access to the arts remain integral parts of its mission. In line with that mission, SPA has partnered with Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) to provide rehearsal space for CMS pianist Wu Han.

“This gives Kinder HSPVA students the opportunity to observe a world-renowned musician during their school hours. We are happy that SPA has an ever-expanding relationship with Kinder HSPVA and can continue to provide these opportunities for young artists.” says Meg Booth, CEO of SPA.

Matthew Lipman by Cherylynn Tsushima

In addition to rehearsing, Wu Han will be the clinician of a piano master class for students at Kinder HSPVA during the day with the performance following that evening. After the performance, SPA invites patrons to remain in their seats and engage with the artists during a Westwood Trust Creative Chat.

Featured artists include Wu Han, pianist and co-artistic director of CMS; Paul Huang, violin; Matthew Lipman, viola; and Clive Greensmith, cello.

The program, French Enchantment, begins and ends with early works by Saint-Saëns and Fauré that recreate the elegant atmosphere of 19th-century Parisian salons.

Wu Han by Tristan Cook

In between, the Ravel sonata, written soon after World War I, uses just two string instruments to produce a composition of unique, simple beauty. These three distinct works capture the essence of pure melody in its most delightfully fundamental form.

Tickets start at $39. Tickets can be purchased at, by calling 713-227-4772 or at the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall located at 615 Louisiana St. Hours of operation: 9 am – 5 pm Monday–Friday. Prices are subject to change.