Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society
In 1984, the concerts moved from the Upstate Theater to The Church of the Messiah, with its excellent acoustics. The rest is history. Three-concert series became five, five became six and in 2000-2001 six concerts became eight. In 2004, our 25th Anniversary Season, RCMS inaugurated the Emerging Artist Series to present young groups early in their professional careers.
Award-winning chamber players such as the Eroica Trio and the Manhattan and the Mendelssohn String Quartets appeared early in their careers and again later. The Pacifica Quartet, which first appeared in 1998 , in 2004, and again in 2005, are the latest recipients of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award from Chamber Music America. Previous winners of the award that have also appeared during several RCMS seasons include the Borromeo and Brentano Quartets. International groups such as the Czech Nonet, which performed here on their first American tour in 2002, the Amsterdam Loeki Stardust (recorder) Quartet, and the Parisi String Quartet have also appeared in recent years.
In 1981, The Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society, Inc. was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation, which allowed application for funding grants through the Dutchess County Arts Council, the New York State Council on the Arts and private foundations.