2019-2020 Season


In order to maintain the health and safety of its students and staff as the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, Emma Willard School, our gracious host for 71 years, has recently informed us that it is suspending all external events and activities for the time being. Rather than seek alternative venues for the Escher String Quartet (scheduled for March 14) and Sonnanmbula (scheduled for April 4), the Friends of Chamber Music board has reluctantly decided to suspend the rest of its season.

We are now working to reschedule these concerts, hopefully in early summer, and will keep you updated. If current ticket holders are unable to attend a rescheduled concert, or if a concert is ultimately cancelled, they will be permitted to apply their unused ticket to any performance in the upcoming season.

We thank you for your understanding and express our sincere regret for the inconvenience this causes.

2019-2020 Season

Our 71st season of world-class chamber music

Saturday, October 12, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
There will be a pre-concert interview with the artists at 6:30 p.m.
Transforming the perception of the saxophone.
“Stunning virtuosity!”

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
There will be a pre-concert interview with the artists at 6:30 p.m.
Imaginative young string quartet in an adventurous program.

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
There will be a pre-concert interview with the artists at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrating its 25th year with a historic 1910 program.

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
There will be a pre-concert interview with the artists at 6:30 p.m.
Legendary string quartet journeying into the magic of Haydn.

Rescheduled date to be announced

“…has already muscled its way into the top ranks of string quartet playing.”

Rescheduled date to be announced

Spirited baroque ensemble currently in residence at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art.

All performances at Kiggins Hall, Emma Willard School, 285 Pawling Ave. (Rt. 66), Troy, NY, with free parking on site. Handicapped access to Kiggins is available.

Tickets are: $25 each ($15 students). Discounted subscriptions can be ordered online through October 5th, 2019 by using the form below!

To learn more, call 518-833-1874 or email us at admin@friendsofchambermusic.org

Escher String Quartet


Rescheduled date to be announced

Adam Barnett-Hart, violin                 Brendan Speltz, violin
Pierre LaPointe, viola                           Brook Speltz, cello

The Ernest Livingston Memorial Concert
Haydn:            String Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2
Bartók:           String Quartet No. 6, Sz. 114, BB. 119
Dvořák:          Quartet in C Major, Op. 61

The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its expressive, nuanced performances that combine unusual textural clarity with a rich, blended sound. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and many other prestigious venues and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its hometown of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Learn more at www.escherquartet.com

Purchase your tickets online below!

Announcing our 2019-2020 Season

  • Escher Quartet
  • Photo of Sonnambula
  • Photo of the Kenari Quartet
  • Photo of the Aizuri Quartet
  • Photo of the Miró Quartet
  • photo of the St. Lawrence String Quartet

SAVE when you purchase your subscription by October 5th, 2019!

SAVE 20% off individual ticket rates of $25 / $15 students by purchasing your subscription online today! This rate is available until October 5th, 2019. For more information, call 518-833-1874.

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SAVE when you purchase EARLY BIRD subscription or tickets by September 15

SAVE 20% off individual ticket rates of $25 / $15 students with an EARLY BIRD subscription, or 10% off individual ticket prices if you want only certain concerts (we are selling tickets to specific concerts this year). Hurry, that discount ends SEPTEMBER 15, 2019. Download and mail in this order form. For more information, call 518-833-1874.

Note a big change this year:  In order to start offering online ticket sales — and please stay tuned, for that’s still a work in progress —  we will now be ticketing for specific concerts, rather than offering generic tickets that can be used at any concert.

Support us and join the family

Ticket prices cover less than 40% of our costs. Your additional donation or equivalent contribution earns you not only our gratitude, but an invitation to the reception for the musicians that follows each concert.

Interested in helping out at concerts or behind the scenes, perhaps even joining our board? Contact us or speak to any member of the board about ways you can help.

Okay, but how do I do this, exactly?

To subscribe and/or donate, please print out the form below and mail it to the address listed (by September 15 if you want the discount). We also typically have tickets available at the door, and we can accept credit cards there. If you join our mailing list, we will also email you and snail mail you this information each year, and send you additional information  before each concert. Remember, to get EARLY BIRD pricing, make sure your order form is postmarked by September 15, 2019.

2019-2020 Subscription/Donation Form

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Contact us

See the bottom of our site for our mailing address, phone number, and location. Scroll a little further down for directions. You can also email us via this form. Your message will go to Cheryl Ackner, our administrative assistant at the Emma Willard School.



All concerts are held in beautiful Kiggins Hall on the grounds of the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York. Enter at the main entrance (Massry entrance) at Pawling Avenue.

Most parking is available at the large lot on the right after you turn in at the main entrance on Pawling, bear right, and drive past a few buildings that will be on your left. If you’re early, there are sometimes also a few spots in the circle (stay straight) or immediately across from Kiggins Hall (or, technically, Slocum Hall, which Kiggins Hall is in). All lots have handicapped spots. The concert entrance with handicapped access faces the interior courtyard. You do not need to check in with security when attending a concert.

Click here for a printer-friendly map of the campus.