January 25-26

Friday | 1.25.19 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 1.26.19 | 8:00 PM

St. Paul's Church, 315 West 22nd Street

The Chelsea Symphony presents Sibelius' Second Symphony for its first concert series in the new year. Of the symphony, the composer said, "my second symphony is a confession of the soul." Premiered in 1902, this symphony was composed during the first of two periods of oppression known as the "Russification of Finland." During a time when a series of provisions were implemented designed to suppress any sense of Finnish cultural identity, this work was the first major composition following his triumphant Finlandia. Though the extent of patriotic intent of this Second Symphony is debated, it nevertheless solidified the composer's position as a national hero.

Also on this concert series are TCS featured soloists: Béa Naumann is featured on the lush Adagio movement of Bach's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Minor and flautist Kim Lewis performs the Frank Martin Ballade on Friday's concert. Saturday's concert welcomes back Sarah Koop McCoy to the stage performing Carl Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto. Both performances open with the world premiere of Four Miniatures for a Dark Age by TCS composer-in-residence Aaron Dai.

Concerts will be held at St. Paul's German Lutheran Church, 315 West 22nd Street.

Tickets for reserved unassigned seating in a premium area are on sale at Eventbrite!
Tickets also available at the door for a suggested donation of $20.
**This concert is free for federal workers and their families.**

The Program

Aaron DaiFour Miniatures for a Dark Age (World Premiere)

Aaron Dai Composer

Johann Sebastian BachViolin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052R

Béa Naumann Violin

Frank MartinBallade for Flute and Orchestra

Kim Lewis Flute

Carl NielsenClarinet Concerto, op. 57

Sarah Koop McCoy Clarinet

Jean SibeliusSymphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 43

Featured Artists

Aaron Dai
Composer

Friday, 1.25, Saturday, 1.26

Aaron Dai: Four Miniatures for a Dark Age (World Premiere)

A graduate of Columbia University and Mannes College of Music, Aaron Dai began studying piano at the age of 5 and went on to win the UNICEF Youth Concerts Competition three times by the age of 15. He has concertized around the country, performing in New York venues such as CAMI Hall, Steinway

Sarah Koop McCoy
Clarinet

Saturday, 1.26

Carl Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto, op. 57

Clarinetist Sarah Koop McCoy is an active performer and educator in New York City, making regular appearances with The Chelsea Symphony, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, Camerata Notturna, One World Symphony, the Alpha Omega Ensemble, and more - with recent performances at Carnegie Hall, Alice

Kim Lewis
Flute

Friday, 1.25

Frank Martin: Ballade for Flute and Orchestra

Kim Lewis is a New York-based flutist with immense passion as a performer and teacher. Informed by a rounded education in the arts throughout her childhood in Ohio, including study in dance, voice, and piano, she brings a wealth of experiences to her focus on the flute. As a soloist, Kim has

Béa Naumann
Violin

Friday, 1.25

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052R

Béa Naumann picked up the violin when she was nine years old. Eighteen years later, she continues to pursue and hone this craft. She has performed with multiple symphonies and operas over the course of her professional music career, including The Amsterdam Opera, The Chelsea Symphony, Montclair