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The world-renowned Eroica Trio will kick off the 2012-13 season in an ensemble performance.

‘Tis the season for giving — or at least the Emory Chamber Music Society, Atlanta’s largest and most active chamber organization, sees it that way. Today the group announced the details of its upcoming 20th-anniversary season, including one very important one: all shows will be free. The gesture is a way of giving back to the community that has helped in the society’s development. It will welcome any donations in return.

“We hope the community will reciprocate during our ‘season of giving’ by contributing to Emory’s fund drive to keep a string quartet permanently in residence,” said William Ransom, the chamber society’s artistic director.

The Vega String Quartet

The 2012-13 season will launch on September 22 at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts with an ensemble performance by the internationally renowned Eroica Trio and the Atlanta-based Vega String Quartet. The Vegas will also perform premieres on November 9 and on May 5, 2013.

The lineup includes weekend concerts, noontime performances and a family series involving themed chamber concerts at the Michael C. Carlos Museum. A concert featuring dueling jazz and classical pianists is set for March 2 and will premiere a new work by jazz master Gary Motley. Several special guests, including Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Tretheway on January 18 and violinist Timothy Fain on May 5, will also perform with the chamber society during the season.

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