The Balourdet Quartet opens the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth's new season in mid-September. (credit: Kevin W. Condon)

Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth unveils 2024-25 season

EarRelevant Staff | 17 JUN 2024

FORT WORTH, Texas— The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth (CMSFW) is gearing up for its 2024-2025 season entitled “Journey Through Textural Colors.”

The new season will include performances by newcomers to the CMSFW stage, such as the Balourdet Quartet and Marmen Quartet, as well as returning favorites like the Dover Quartet, the Busch Trio, and the resident CMSFW Ensemble led by artistic director and violinist Gary Levinson.

CMSFW artistic director Gary Levinson. (courtesy of CMSFW)

CMSFW artistic director Gary Levinson. (courtesy of CMSFW)

In addition to Levinson, the CMSFW Ensemble features a varied roster of performers throughout the season, contributing to a diverse and engaging series of programs for chamber music enthusiasts: violinists Alena Baeva, Boris Brovtsyn, Paul Haung, Chloé Kiffer, and Danbi Um; violists Michael Klotz, Paul Neubauer, Milena Pajara-van de Stadt, and Jascha Zats; cellists Edward Arron, Robert deMaine, Allan Steele, and Bion Tsong; pianists Alessandro Deljavan, Vadym Kholodenko, and Anton Nel; and baritone Daniel Uglunts, .


The Balourdet Quartet, known for its charismatic and precise interpretations of works by Haydn, Bartók, and Smetana, will kick off the series on September 14.

On October 19, the Dover Quartet, acclaimed as one of the best string quartets of the past century, will perform “The Tate Commission,” a collaboration with Emmy-winning composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, a member of the Chickasaw Nation whose compositions incorporate elements of his Native American heritage.

The Busch Trio will return on February 1 with the “Franco-Belgian Connection,” featuring works by Franck and Beethoven and a new yet-to-be-announced piece. Pianist Omri Epstein highlighted the trio’s long-standing friendship as a key to their performance chemistry.


The Marmen Quartet, winners of several prestigious international competitions, will also join the CMSFW roster this season. They will perform expressive renditions of works by Haydn, Bartók, and Debussy.

All CMSFW performances will take place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Concerts on Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. The Pre-Concert Conversations begin at 1:15 p.m. by Gary Levinson.

Here is a chronological list of the 2024-25 CMSFW concerts:

Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth 2024-25 Season

  • September 14, 2024 @ 2 p.m.
    “Quartet Building Blocks”
    Balourdet Quartet
    HAYDN: String Quartet No. 5 Op. 64 “The Lark”
    BARTÓK: String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102, BB 110
    SMETANA: String Quartet No. 1 “From My Life”
  • October 19, 2024 @ 2 p.m.
    “The Tate Commission”
    Dover Quartet
    TATE: commissioned new work for String Quartet
    PURA FÉ: Rattle Songs (arr. by Tate)
    DVORÁK: Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 “American”
  • November 16, 2024 @ 2 p.m.
    “Unexplored Journeys”
    CMSFW Ensemble: Danbi Um and Paul Haung, violins; Paul Neubauer and Michael Klotz, violas; Edward Arron, cello
    DVORÁK: Terzetto in C Major Op. 74
    MOZART: String Quintet No. 2 in C Minor, K.406
    BEETHOVEN: String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29 “Storm”
  • January 4, 2025 @ 2 p.m.
    “Carrying the Torch”
    CMSFW Ensemble: Anton Nel, piano; Gary Levinson, violin; Jascha Zats, viola; Robert deMaine, cello
    MARTINŮ: Three Madrigals for Violin and Viola No. 313
    SCHUMANN: Piano Quartet in E flat Major, Op. 47
    BEACH: Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 150
  • February 1, 2025 @ 2 p.m.
    “Franco-Belgian Connection”
    Busch Trio with Gary Levinson & Friends
    BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in E flat Major, Op. 1, No.1
    New Work TBA
    FRANCK: Piano Quintet in F Minor
  • March 15, 2025 @ 2 p.m.
    “Multiple Levels of Virtuosity”
    Marmen Quartet
    HAYDN: String Quartet in E flat major Op.33 No.2 Hob. III:38 “The Joke”
    BARTÓK:  String Quartet No. 3 (1927), Sz. 85, BB 93
    DEBUSSY: String Quartet in G minor Op. 10
  • April 12, 2025 @ 2 p.m.
    “Solo Chamber Music”
    CMSFW Ensemble: Vadym Kholodenko, piano; Alena Baeva, violin; Boris Brovtsyn, violin; Michael Klotz, viola; Allan Steele, cello
    KODÁLY:  Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7
    MOSZKOWSKI:  Suite for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 71
    KORNGOLD: Piano Quintet in E Major, Op. 15
  • May 10, 2025 @ 2 p.m.
    “Unexpected Sources”
    CMSFW Ensemble: Alessandro Deljavan, piano; Daniel Uglunts, baritone; Gary Levinson and Chloé Kiffer, violins; Milena Pajara-van de Stadt, viola; Bion Tsong, cello
    GLIÉRE: Duos for Violin and Cello, Op. 49
    C. SCHUMANN: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op 17
    BARBER: Dover Beach for Voice and String Quartet, Op. 3
    R. SCHUMANN: Piano Quintet in E flat Major, Op. 44

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