Thank you for supporting The Chelsea Symphony as we begin our eighth season of exciting musical discovery. In the past year, our work has taken us to new places, both literally and figuratively. In April, we ventured from our home in Chelsea to the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights to present the orchestra’s first ever education concert. For our season finale, we teamed up with world-renowned violinist and composer Mark O’Connor for our feature-length debut at Symphony Space. That concert, the subject of a half-page article in The Wall Street Journal, celebrated our country’s rich musical heritage: we performed selections from On the Town, Leonard Bernstein’s love song to New York, alongside the New York City premieres of O’Connor’s Improvised Violin Concerto and Americana Symphony.
Be it Bernstein’s Times Square or O’Connor’s Appalachia, music has the power to capture a sense of place. In that spirit, The Chelsea Symphony’s 2013-2014 season is entitled “Voyages.” Our programs will feature music inspired by places around the world, from Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony and Milhaud’s Saudades do Brasil to the enchanted fairylands of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Meanwhile we will keep one foot firmly in our own backyard, with half a dozen world premieres of works by vibrant young composers based in New York City.
This season, we are delighted to welcome Reuben Blundell and Julie Desbordes to our conducting staff. And to commemorate the centenary of The Rite of Spring, we will premiere a chamber version of Stravinsky’s masterpiece arranged for us by the orchestra’s co-founder, Yaniv Segal. Our holiday concert in December will feature a surprise narrator for our annual performance of Aaron Dai’s The Night Before Christmas. As always, performances will feature TCS musicians as conductors, soloists, and composers. There will be opportunities throughout the season to meet and support the orchestra at our post-concert receptions and annual silent auction.
We appreciate and rely on the generosity of our musicians, audience members and friends, and we hope you will join us often on our “Voyages” this season!