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Now celebrating its 27th season, the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York presents classical music and cutting-edge repertoire in an intimate salon setting -- as it was intended. Our concerts have been described as a “quintessential New York concert experience,” and we cater to music lovers, students, and connoisseurs from all over the world. 


The unique Lyric experience offers up-close exposure to rising stars as well as Concert Masters and Principal Players from leading orchestras. Join us as Lyric nurtures and discovers talent, giving opportunity to perform for an appreciative New York audience.


Lyric also provides numerous performance engagements to musicians in the form of recitals and community engagement programs across the country. To help ensure tomorrow’s audience for classical music, we are actively involved in music education workshops and committed to broadening our initiative in under-served schools with and without music programs.



Dr. Joan Kretschmer, Artistic Director 

Reggie Bahl, Executive Director




Nancy Allen

Daniel Barenboim

Judy Collins

Paquito D'Rivera

Mark Gould

Marilyn Horne

Robert Langevin

Zubin Mehta

Roberto Minczuk

Joseph Robinson

Dr. Jon Robertson

Ned Rorem

Daniel Schnyder

Gerard Schwarz

Arnold Steinhardt

Charles Strouse




Ambrose Richardson III (President)

Richard Lubman (Treasurer)

Dr. Joan Kretschmer (Secretary)

Didi Schafer

Janusz Kaleta

Seisei Tatebe-Goddu

Eunis Wu

Richard Alsop (Legal Counsel).





Victor Borge (1909 - 2000)

Jean-Pierre Rampal (1922 - 2000)

Bob Sherman (1932-2023)

Kenny Drew Jr. (1958 - 2014)

Jascha Zayde (1911 - 1999)


Lyric Chamber Music Society's musical initiatives are made possible in part by support from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Manhattan Burrough President’s office.

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