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Duke Arts Presents

David Finckel, Cello & Wu Han, Piano, with Arnaud Sussmann, Violin & Paul Neubauer, Viola

Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 8:00 pm

Chamber Arts Series

Duke Performances is excited to present our Virtual Fall season – The Show Must Go Online! High-quality, commissioned films featuring artists originally slated for in-person performances will premiere on Vimeo for ticket holders. Each film, shot following local safety protocols, is made in collaboration with an audio and video crew in each artist’s home city. 

General admission tickets are $10 per presentation and Duke Student tickets are available free of charge through the support of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University. Chamber Arts Series subscriptions, including all four concerts, are available at a discount of 25% off for $30. Before the premiere, ticket buyers will receive a unique Vimeo link to stream each performance online at the scheduled time. After the conclusion of the premiere, films will be available for viewing for 24 hours.


The directors of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, husband-and-wife duo David Finckel (cello) and Wu Han (piano), bring with them Arnaud Sussman (violin) and Paul Neubauer (viola) to present a program for Duke Performances’ virtual season. The evening begins with Beethoven’s first cello sonata, low in range and quietly contemplative. The program closes with all four instrumentalists playing one of the greatest piano quartets, Brahms’ op. 25, wide in range and outright unconventional. Known for its “gypsy style” finale, the work will end the evening frantic and frenzied — with a finishing movement verging on magical.

— Freya Parr

Click to view the full program for this performance.


Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Major, op. 5, no. 1
Brahms: Quartet for Piano and Strings in G Minor, op. 25, no. 1



Student tickets for Duke Performances’ Virtual Fall season are made possible through generous support from the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University.

Wu Han and David Finckel - Bach: Sonata at Tippet Rise Art Center

"The evidence seemed clear: what the cellist David Finckel and the pianist Wu Han, the society’s artistic directors since 2004, have achieved with their hands-on approach to blending standard, unusual and new repertory, played by a mix of familiar and emerging performers, has connected with a large, enthusiastic constituency."

The New York Times