Live from Lincoln Center | Simple Gifts: Chamber Music Society at Shaker Village
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Credit: Courtesy of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

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 For the first time in its series history, Live From Lincoln Center takes its show on the road presenting The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in a broadcast from Kentucky’s Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. This special broadcast event, filmed on location, captures the unique intimacy of a chamber music concert with cameras and equipment located inside the Meadow View Barn, a restored tobacco barn at Shaker Village amidst 3,000 acres of rolling Bluegrass countryside. This episode is directed by Habib Azar, with Elliot Caplan producing documentary segments showcasing the Chamber Music Society at Shaker Village, as well as the location’s rich history.

The performance, recorded in May 2015, features musicians from the Chamber Music Society playing works by distinctive American composers, including Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Samuel Barber, and more, as well as the famed Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, who was deeply influenced by traditional American music during an extended stay in the U.S. The highlight of the broadcast will be Copland’s beloved Appalachian Spring, an iconic, enduring ballet suite about a community of 19th-century American pioneers featuring the popular “Simple Gifts” Shaker melody.

While The Chamber Music Society calls Lincoln Center home, its large roster of world-class chamber musicians enables it to perform extensively all across the country, as well as internationally. In addition, CMS receives extensive national exposure on its 52-week annual radio series, and on regular broadcasts on American Public Media’s Performance Today. As a result, it is one of Lincoln Center’s great ambassadors of music.

Live From Lincoln Center was recognized for its broadcasting excellence last year with a Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program for its 2014 broadcast of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Live From Lincoln Center is made possible by a major grant from MetLife Street featuring Bryn Terfel, Emma Thompson, and the New York Philharmonic. This Emmy Award is the 14th major Emmy for the series. Live From Lincoln Center is also nominated for three Emmy Awards in 2016. Other upcoming episodes this fall include three PBS Arts Fall Festival broadcasts featuring the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody, Joshua Bell’s Seasons of Cuba, and the New York Philharmonic’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration.