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: flautist Kim Lewis performs the Frank Martin Ballade and Beatrice Naumann is featured on Bach's Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Minor 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 a world premiere by TCS composer-in-residence Aaron Dai.

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

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The Program

Aaron DaiWorld Premiere

Frank MartinBallade for Flute and Orchestra

Kim Lewis Flute

Johann Sebastian BachViolin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052R

Carl NielsenClarinet Concerto, op. 57

Sarah Koop McCoy Clarinet

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

Featured Artists

Sarah Koop McCoy

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

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