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The Oldest Continually Operating Music Organization In Birmingham, Alabama
Bringing World Class Chamber Music To Birmingham Since 1933

The Birmingham Chamber Music Society presents world-class chamber ensembles in an annual concert series featuring diverse musical styles and mediums in the Birmingham area.

The Birmingham Chamber Music Society also provides educational outreach programs to local schools. Programs are led by visiting artists.

Jane Hollock Brock Recital Hall at Samford University is recognized by critics and musicians as one of the finest music venues in Birmingham and has won the Shutze Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.

2023-2024 SEASON


Thursday, September 28, 2023, 7:30 pm

A musical experience of luminous beauty

San Diego Reader

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Thursday, November 9, 2023, 7:30 pm

Stoltzman is a national treasure

 Washington Post


Thursday, February 8, 2024, 7:30 pm

Not only a child prodigy but a brilliant musician

Lukas Foss

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Tuesday, February 29, 2024, 7:30 pm

A musician of imagination and expressive breadth

Seattle Post-Intelligencer


4 Exciting Concerts

(all concerts start at 7:30 pm)

Borromeo String Quartet

(Thursday, September 28, 2023)

Richard Stoltzman/Peter John Stoltzman

(Thursday, November 9, 2023)

Drew Petersen

(Thursday, February 8, 2024)

Joshua Roman

(Thursday, February 29, 2024)

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Sustaining A Musical Culture


Enriching Education


Sponsoring BCMS


LEON FLEISHER pianist/conductor | NEW YORK CHAMBER SOLOISTS chamber music ensemble | GUARNERI STRING QUARTET string quartet | AEOLIAN CHAMBER PLAYERS chamber music ensemble | WU HAN AND DAVID FINCKEL piano and cello | THE KING'S SINGERS a cappella vocal ensemble | EMERSON STRING QUARTET string quartet | JAMIE BARTON soprano | BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA gospel singing group | MIAMI STRING QUARTET string quartet | JUILLIARD QUARTET string quartet | SMETANA STRING QUARTET string quartet | TASHI clarinet, violin, cello, piano | AMERICAN CHAMBER PLAYERS chamber music ensemble | PEABODY TRIO string trio | JUSTIN BROWN AND FRIENDS piano trio | DOVER STRING QUARTET string quartet | RITZ CHAMBER PLAYERS chamber music ensemble | ENSEMBLE RICERCARE early instruments ensemble | AMERICAN BRASS QUINTET brass quintet | BOREALIS WIND QUINTET woodwind quintet | TRIO VALTORNA horn trio | KALICHSTEIN-LAREDO-ROBINSON TRIO piano trio | INVOKE string quartet | AVALON STRING QUARTET string quartet | RAIM - WEHR PIANO DUO piano duo | GABRIELA MONTERO piano | AUGUSTIN HADELICH AND JUSTIN BROWN violin and piano | TRIO CAVATINA piano trio | RACHEL BARTON PINE violin | ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS CHAMBER ENSEMBLE chamber music ensemble | ASSAD BROTHERS TRIO guitar trio | PACIFICA STRING QUARTET string quartet | CHANTICLEER male vocal ensemble | BOREALIS STRING QUARTET string quartet | SOLOW AND AUERBACH cello and piano | VOCES8 a cappella octet | ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET string quartet | TOKYO STRING QUARTET string quartet | TAKÁCS QUARTET string quartet | ARIANNA STRING QUARTET string quartet | HARLEM STRING QUARTET string quartet | MARTINŮ PIANO TRIO piano trio | SYBARITE5 string quintet | YING STRING QUARTET string quartet | JUPITER STRING QUARTET string quartet | MODIGLIANI STRING QUARTET string quartet | CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF LINCOLN CENTER chamber music ensemble | IMANI WINDS woodwind quintet | BRENTANO STRING QUARTET string quartet | MNOZIL BRASS brass septet | ABEGG TRIO piano trio | AMERNET STRING QUARTET string quartet | SŌ PERCUSSION percussion ensemble | W. HAGAN AND A. CANO SMIT violin and piano | NEW YORK WOODWIND QUARTET woodwind quartet | ČADEK QUARTET string quartet | ARTS TRIO string trio |  PAGANINI QUARTET string quartet | HOWARD COLLEGE ORCHESTRA chamber orchestra | BALSAM KROLL HEIFETZ TRIO piano trio | STAKE KURLAND PIANO DUO piano duo | COLOGNE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA chamber orchestra | DORIAN WIND QUINTET woodwind quintet | CZECH NONET nonet | RICHARDS WOODWIND QUINTET woodwind quintet | DVOŘÁK STRING QUARTET string quartet | VAGHY STRING QUARTET string quartet | USSR BAROQUE ENSEMBLE chamber music ensemble | HAMBURG CHAMBER ORCHESTRA chamber orchestra | WARSAW STRING QUARTET string quartet | BUCHAREST STRING QUARTET string quartet | RHENISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA chamber orchestra | MARLBORO TRIO piano trio | VIENNA RENAISSANCE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA chamber orchestra | OXFORD STRING QUARTET string quartet | SEVERANCE STRING QUARTET string quartet | NEW YORK CAMERATA chamber music ensemble | JANÁČEK QUARTET string quartet | MARIAN DAVIES cello | LONDON SOLOISTS ENSEMBLE chamber music ensemble | GUILD TRIO piano trio | PHILADOR TRIO soprano, harpsichord, flute | SOFIA CHAMBER SOLOISTS chamber music ensemble | ORCHESTRA OF ST. JOHN'S chamber orchestra | ROWE STRING QUARTET string quartet | ENSEMBLE RICERCARE early instruments ensemble | ZAGREB PRO-ARTE STRING QUARTET string quartet | ENSEMBLE MUSICA ANTIQUA chamber music ensemble | FINE ARTS QUARTET string quartet | GREENWOOD CONSORT baroque music ensemble | BRASILIA STRING QUARTET string quartet | ORFORD STRING QUARTET string quartet | LIEDER QUARTET vocal quartet | TALLAHASSEE WOODWIND QUARTET woodwind quartet | VLACH QUARTET string quartet | CHICAGO BRASS ENSEMBLE brass ensemble |  MARLBORO PLAYERS chamber musicians | ALI AKBAR KHAN AND HARIPRASAD CHAURASIA indian flute and sarod | CONCORD STRING QUARTET string quartet | ARCADIA PIANO TRIO piano trio | MONTCLAIRE STRING QUARTET string quartet | DAVID RICHTER guitar | ENSEMBLE DA CAMERA OF WASHINGTON clarinet trio | TRIO FINLANDIA piano trio | CLEVELAND DUO violin and piano | WARSAW QUINTET piano quintet | AUDUBON STRING QUARTET string quartet | LEIPZIG STRING QUARTET string quartet | PIERRE W. FEIT Concertina chamber music ensemble | TRIO RAVEL piano trio | MEDICI STRING QUARTET string quartet | BUDAPEST BRASS QUARTET brass quartet ROYALE TRIO  piano trio | ARISTA TRIO piano trio | ANDERSON STRING QUARTET string quartet | CALLIOPE chamber music ensemble | LOS ANGELES PIANO QUARTET piano quartet | JESS TRIO piano trio | ATLANTIC BRASS QUINTET brass quintet | WALLINGER STRING QUARTET string quartet | FRESK QUARTET string quartet | FREIBURG BAROQUE SOLOISTS baroque music ensemble | PENDERECKI STRING QUARTET string quartet | JOACHIM QUARTET string quartet | ENGLISH STRING QUARTET string quartet | BOCHMANN QUARTET string quartet | CANNES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA chamber orchestra | LINDSAY STRING QUARTET string quartet | ESTERHÁZY TRIO baryton trio | AMPHION STRING QUARTET string quartet | SYLVAN WIND QUARTET woodwind quartet | KODÁLY QUARTET string quartet | NEW PRAGUE TRIO piano trio | ÉDER STRING QUARTET string quartet  | KYNCL QUARTET string quartet | MUSICA ANTIQUA early music ensemble | ENSEMBLE GALILEI celtic music ensemble | AMADEUS TRIO piano trio | WARSAW WIND QUARTET woodwind quartet | CIOMPI QUARTET string quartet | KOCIAN STRING QUARTET string quartet | HILTON HEAD STRING QUARTET string quartet | QUARTETTO CON FLAUTO flute quartet | OBERLIN TRIO piano trio | MARTINŮ COLLEGIUM chamber music ensemble | BRNO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA chamber orchestra | YAKOV KASMAN piano | THE GOLIARDS early music ensemble | STOCKHOLM ARTS TRIO piano trio |  TRIO LUWIGANA piano trio | STRATFORD STRING QUARTET string quartet | PORTLAND STRING QUARTET string quartet | STAMIC QUARTET string quartet | TALICH STRING QUARTET string quartet | ~more to come~



The early history of the Birmingham Chamber Music Society dates to 1933-34, according to notes by Grace Bozenhard given to Dr. Ted Tibbs, a long-time supporter and president of the Birmingham Chamber Music Society.

The Chamber Music Society was created by Ottokar Čadek (above right), the concert master and conductor of the Birmingham Civic Orchestra, as an outlet for symphony musicians to perform chamber music for their pleasure and for the community. The first performers and officers in 1933-34 were Sarah Goff, Dudley Bell, Mrs. Julian (Mary) Palmer,

Edith Pearson (first treasurer), Helen Cullens, Steve Dill, and Charlotte Hodges.

 Articles of incorporation for the Birmingham Chamber Music Society were drawn up in 1939 and cite

Charlotte Hodges (above left), who was serving as president, and Mrs. J. W. Palmer, Elizabeth Gussen,

Pauline Ringer, and Mrs. Baxter Goff as Trustees.


Dr. Jeanne S. Hutchison, Treasurer
3612 Oakdale Road
Mountain Brook, Alabama 35223

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“In its beginnings, music was merely chamber music,
meant to be listened to in small space
by a small audience.”

- Gustav Mahler

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