September 14-15

Friday | 9.14.18 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 9.15.18 | 8:00 PM

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

The Chelsea Symphony presents the opening concert series of its thirteenth season, RESOLUTION, featuring pieces from the past and present that echo and reflect the times in which they were written.

Conducted by Matthew Aubin, Reuben Blundell, and Nell Flanders, TCS welcomes two soloists to the stage: Stephen McDougall Graham plays Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto on Friday's concert and violist Michael Vannoni performs on Paul Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher (The Swan Turner) on Saturday's concert. Both concerts open with the NYC premiere of Linda Robbins Coleman’s For a Beautiful Land.

The second half showcases two works by American composers that speak to our season theme. Suite from On the Waterfront by Leonard Bernstein features music from the Academy Award-winning film which depicts the struggles of longshoreman in mid-twentieth century New York. Our concert concludes with Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, featuring special guest narrator Kim King. Copland uses excerpts from several of Lincoln’s speeches including the Gettysburg Address to celebrate an "eminent American," responsible for strengthening the Union, abolishing slavery, modernizing the economy, and is renowned by scholars and the public alike as one of America's greatest presidents.

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

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The Program

Linda Robbins ColemanFor a Beautiful Land (NYC Premiere)

Dmitri KabaleskyViolin Concerto in C Major, op. 48

Stephen McDougall Graham Violin

Paul HindemithDer Schwanendreher

Michael Vannoni Viola

Leonard BernsteinSymphonic Suite from On the Waterfront

Aaron CoplandLincoln Portrait

Kim King Guest Narrator

Featured Artists

Kim King
Guest Narrator

Friday, 9.14, Saturday, 9.15

Aaron Copland: Lincoln Portrait

Kim King is a Jamaican born actress who grew up in New York. She is a student at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. Her depth of empathy for the human experience, particularly people of color, is the guiding force behind her work. Telling stories often overlooked and dismissed

Stephen McDougall Graham
Violin

Friday, 9.14

Dmitri Kabalesky: Violin Concerto in C Major, op. 48

Stephen McDougall Graham earned a BA in music and philosophy from Bucknell University, where he led the orchestra as concertmaster. He went on to earn a Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and worked for six years as a grant specialist at a leading global women’s health nonprofit.

Michael Vannoni
Viola

Saturday, 9.15

Paul Hindemith: Der Schwanendreher

Michael Vannoni, a Juilliard graduate (BM and MM in Viola Performance), is a world-class multi-instrumentalist (violin, viola, cello, flute), a passionate educator, and an experienced music administrator. His career includes world-wide orchestra tours, community music school teaching, festival