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July 25th, 2022

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September 3-11, 2022
Arnaud Sussmann, Artistic Director



GARRISON, NY (July 25, 2022) — Boscobel House and Gardens will launch the first Boscobel Chamber Music Festival in partnership with the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach led by artistic director and violinist, Arnaud Sussmann. 

Over the course of nine days, from September 3 to 11, the festival will present five performances by the most sought after chamber musicians in the country along with wide-ranging educational offerings on Boscobel’s historic site. 

The festival’s international roster of artists include violinists Jennifer Frautschi and Stella Chen, violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, cellists David Requiro and Nicholas Canellakis, double bassist Blake Hinson, pianist Gloria Chien, clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, and the Emerson String Quartet.


The Performers
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The Boscobel Chamber Music Festival concert highlights include: 

  • An inaugural concert presented by the Emerson String Quartet in their first U.S. performance of their farewell season, celebrating an illustrious career spanning more than 45 years. They will open the festival on Saturday, September 3 at 6PM with a program featuring Ravel’s Quartet in F major, a piece written during the composer’s time as a conservatory student and dedicated to his teacher Gabriel Fauré. The ensemble will also perform Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 8, Op. 59 No. 2. 
  • A program featuring the two formidable clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms on Monday, September 5 at 6PM to be performed by Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Stella Chen, violin; Arnaud Sussmann, viola; David Requiro, cello.
  • An evening of piano quintets by Schubert and Vaughn-Williams. The stellar lineup of artists include Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; Nick Canellakis, cello; Blake Hinson, double bass; and Gloria Chien, piano. The program opens with Schubert’s Trout Quintet. A nod to Schubert, Vaughn-Williams’ quintet utilizes the same instrumentation and serves as a prime indicator of the composer’s prowess for chamber music. 


About the partnership

Music has always been a part of Boscobel’s history. Boscobel’s period inventories indicate that music was historically made and shared at Boscobel, a relationship explored in a recent scholarly survey of Hudson Valley music-making in the 18th and 19th centuries. The festival’s mission is to bring world-class artists to Boscobel to enhance the ways that the site can inspire, inform, and engage new and returning audiences with programs that enhance Boscobel’s mission and core values. 

Artists in week-long residencies will engage with Boscobel and the community through VIP events, open rehearsals, school programs, and field trips. 

Boscobel House and Gardens and the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach have a beneficial history of partnering together since a very well-received performance at Boscobel in 2021, now bringing world-class chamber music to the site for its first full chamber music festival.


Boscobel House and Gardens’ Executive Director and Curator, Jennifer Carlquist, commented: 

We’re so excited to present a widening range of Boscobel experiences that align with our core values. Boscobel’s natural history, 18th century Neoclassical mansion, and place in the iconic Hudson River Valley, make chamber music at Boscobel a one-of-a-kind experience for the senses. 


The Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach’s artistic director, commented: 

What better way to premier the festival than with a name that has become synonymous with great chamber music, The Emerson Quartet, performing Ravel and Beethoven. In addition, I am thrilled to be joined by an outstanding roster of artists for our other festival programs, featuring staples of the chamber music repertoire that are in harmony with the pastoral setting that is Boscobel. We cannot wait to combine this crown jewel of the Hudson Valley with fantastic chamber music performances.


About Boscobel House and Gardens

Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, 60 miles north of New York City, Boscobel is one of America’s most beautiful places, with iconic Hudson River views, 68 acres of stunning gardens and grounds, a woodland trail, and an important collection of early New York design in its Historic House Museum. Open Fridays – Mondays from May through December and on Saturdays throughout the winter, Boscobel offers gardens and grounds admission, tours of the grounds and house, and lively programs that explore history, design, and nature. 

Boscobel is a 501©3 nonprofit organization with a mission to engage diverse audiences in the Hudson Valley’s ongoing, dynamic exchange between design, history, and nature.


About the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach

Led by Artistic Director Arnaud Sussmann, the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach (CMSPB) has been bringing world class chamber music performances and educational programming to Palm Beach County and the wider south Florida region for nearly a decade. 

Founded in 2012 by arts leader, chamber music lover, and violinist Vicki Kellogg, CMSPB was created with the belief that a great performance can move the human spirit and transform the listener regardless of musical background or education. 

Over its first nine seasons CMSPB has presented over 100 artists including the Emerson, Ehnes, and Harlem string quartets, Inon Barnatan, Milos Karadaglic, and members of the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. In 2019 CMSPB introduced frequent guest artist and acclaimed violinist Arnaud Sussmann as Artistic Director, an appointment that would prove timely as Sussmann would lead a transition to digital programming, keeping audiences engaged when in-person performances could not be possible, and opening access to viewers around the globe.


Arnaud Sussmann, Artistic Director

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura and profound musicianship. Minnesota’s Pioneer Press writes, “Sussmann has an old-school sound reminiscent of what you’ll hear on vintage recordings by Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler, a rare combination of sweet and smooth that can hypnotize a listener. His clear tone [is] a thing of awe-inspiring beauty, his phrasing spellbinding.” 

A thrilling young musician capturing the attention of classical critics and audiences around the world, Arnaud Sussmann has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Paris Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Strasbourg, France and based now in New York City, Arnaud Sussmann trained at the Conservatoire de Paris and the Juilliard School with Boris Garlitsky and Itzhak Perlman. Winner of several international competitions, including the Andrea Postacchini of Italy and Vatelot/Rampal of France, he was named a Starling Fellow in 2006, an honor which allowed him to be Mr. Perlman’s teaching assistant for two years. Mr. Sussmann now teaches at Stony Brook University on Long Island and was recently named Co-Artistic Director of Music@Menlo’s International Music Program.



Boscobel House and Gardens (1601 9D, Garrison, New York) will present events in two venues:

  • The Great Lawn (outdoor; capacity: 800+)

Inspirational setting with iconic Hudson River Valley views

  • The West Lawn Pavilion (indoor; capacity: 350+)

Boscobel’s brand new 5,000 sq ft state-of-the-art tented pavilion


Phone and Contact Information [for publication]

Phone: 845-265-3638 / Online:



$45-$85 for adults; $25-$45 for musicians and children (<16). Tickets on sale July 25.


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For more information, please contact:

Anthony Pellegrino
Boscobel House and Gardens
845.265.3636 ext 110

Milina Barry PR

Press photos courtesy of Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach:| 


Chronological List of Concerts 

Saturday, September 3, 6pm

West Meadow Pavilion

Emerson String Quartet

  • ·Paul Watkins, cello
  • ·Eugene Drucker, violin
  • ·Philip Setzer, violin
  • ·Lawrence Dutton, viola


RAVEL String Quartet in F Major

BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 8 in E minor, Op. 59 No. 2



Monday, September 5, 6pm

The Great Lawn

  • ·Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
  • ·Jennifer Frautschi, violin
  • ·Stella Chen, violin
  • ·Arnaud Sussmann, viola
  • ·David Requiro, cello


BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115

MOZART Clarinet Quintet, K. 581



Saturday, September 10, 6pm

West Meadow Pavilion

  • ·Arnaud Sussmann, violin
  • ·Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
  • ·Nick Canellakis, cello
  • ·Blake Hinson, double bass
  • ·Gloria Chien, piano 


SCHUBERT Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667 “Trout”

VAUGHN-WILLIAMS Piano Quintet in C minor



Sunday, September 11, 11am

West Meadow Pavilion 

  • ·Arnaud Sussmann, violin; 
  • ·Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; 
  • ·Nick Canellakis, cello; 
  • ·Blake Hinson, double bass; 
  • ·Gloria Chien, piano 


Program to be announced.


For a comprehensive list of performers and programs, see the full schedule of events online.

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