March 8-9

Friday | 3.8.19 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 3.9.19 | 8:00 PM

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

The Chelsea Symphony presents its chamber concert series, REFLECTION, featuring two pieces written during the two world wars. Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin was written as a set of Baroque-inspired pieces in memoriam for six friends (or in one movement, for two brothers) who perished during World War I. The light-hearted nature of the work belies the somber inspiration; of the work, Ravel said, "the dead are sad enough, in their eternal silence."

Paired with this is a piece by French composer Fernande Breilh-Decruck, Cinq poèmes chrétiens (Five Christian Pieces) for voice and orchestra with text by French poet Jean Racine. Written and performed in 1944 in occupied France, she was afforded performance opportunities for her works she would not otherwise have had. After the war, she was shunned and died at an early age. Decruck has special ties to The Chelsea Symphony - she lived in the London Terrace apartments in Chelsea from 1928-33; TCS co-Artistic Director Matthew Aubin is the foremost scholar on Decruck and is leading the charge on a resurgence in interest in her work.

On Friday's concert are the Haydn Trumpet Concerto featuring Stephen Lyons and a world premiere work by two members with a long connection to TCS - composer Benjamin Louis Brody presents a world premiere for bassist Nicholas Lenchner. Saturday's concert presents Erich Schoen-René performing the Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major.

Both concerts open with a world premiere by TCS composer Tim Kiah.

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

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The Program

Tim KiahWorld Premiere

Benjamin Louis BrodyWorld Premiere

Nick Lenchner Double Bass
Benjamin Louis Brody Composer

Franz Joseph HaydnTrumpet Concerto in E-flat Major, Hob.VIIe:1

Stephen Lyons Trumpet

Franz Joseph HaydnCello Concerto in C Major, Hob.VIIb:1

Erich Schoen-René Cello

Fernande Breilh-DecruckCinq poèmes chrétiens pour voix et orchestre chambre

Maurice RavelTombeau de Couperin

Featured Artists

Benjamin Louis Brody

Friday, 3.8

Benjamin Louis Brody: World Premiere

Born in Paterson, New Jersey, now Brooklyn based, Benjamin Louis Brody has been described as one of the most progressive and multi-faceted musicians in New York City. He’s best known for creating beautiful walls of sound with ambient textures, combining post- rock and modern minimalism to create

Nick Lenchner
Double Bass

Friday, 3.8

Benjamin Louis Brody: World Premiere

Born in Astoria, Queens, double and electric bassist Nick Lenchner grew up in northern New Jersey where he studied privately with Alexandre Tannous. He attended the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College for five years under the tutelage of Linda McKnight. He continued to work with Mrs. McKnight

Stephen Lyons

Friday, 3.8

Franz Joseph Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major, Hob.VIIe:1

Originally from East Lyme, CT, Stephen Lyons is a performer and educator who has enjoyed playing frequently in the past several seasons with the Chelsea Symphony. He teaches around Putnam County, CT as a brass instructor and serves as the music theory teacher, theater sound designer, and band

Erich Schoen-René

Saturday, 3.9

Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major, Hob.VIIb:1

Erich Schoen-René was born into a musical family and began playing cello at the age of four. He is the recipient of a double undergraduate degree in music performance and German from Bard College, a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, and considers himself very lucky to have studied