September 18-19

Entrance

St. Paul's Church

Friday 9.18.15
Seth Bedford — The Age of Nostalgia, World Premiere
Antonio Vivaldi — Bassoon Concerto in D Minor, RV 481
Tilden Marbit Bassoon
Ralph Vaughan Williams — The Lark Ascending
Deborah Nixon Violin
Johannes Brahms — Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Saturday 9.19.15
Seth Bedford — The Age of Nostalgia, World Premiere
Tyzen Hsiao — Cello Concerto in C, Op. 52
Johannes Brahms — Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

October 23-24

Home

The DiMenna Center

Tickets available at Eventbrite. A program of American composers for our first series at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music! Featuring guest artist Weiyin Chen at the piano for George Gershwin’s beloved Rhapsody in Blue, a fusion of classical music and jazz effects. We will be taken on an excursion with Gerard Schwarz’s orchestral tone poem, A Journey, for its NYC premiere. The orchestra’s own Angela Shankar will introduce us into the world of jazz with Artie Shaw’s virtuosic Clarinet Concerto and a world premiere piece by TCS composer-in-residence Aaron Dai entitled Allegretto Giocoso will open the concert.

Friday 10.23.15
Aaron Dai — Allegretto Giocoso (World Premiere)
Gerard Schwarz — A Journey
Artie Shaw — Concerto for Clarinet
Angela Shankar Clarinet
George Gershwin — Rhapsody in Blue
Weiyin Chen Piano
Saturday 10.24.15
Aaron Dai — Allegretto Giocoso (World Premiere)
Gerard Schwarz — A Journey
Artie Shaw — Concerto for Clarinet
Angela Shankar Clarinet
George Gershwin — Rhapsody in Blue
Weiyin Chen Piano

November 9

Kitchen

Merkin Concert Hall

Tickets available at mtf.nyc. Musical Theatre Factory and The Chelsea Symphony invite you to Get Yourself Some NEW ORCHESTRATIONS! MTF’s inaugural gala concert will launch the “New Orchestrations” series, an exciting new series which pairs emergent musical theatre writers with Broadway orchestrators to commission stunning new orchestrations of their shows. Excerpts from four new musicals (and one reimagined favorite!) will be brought to life by the 35-piece Chelsea Symphony and a cast of Broadway stars. The Honorary Host Committee includes Tony Award-winners Daryl Roth (Kinky Boots, August: Osage County), James Lapine (Into The Woods, Sunday In The Park With George), and Michael Cerveris (Fun Home, Assassins), and all proceeds will benefit the Musical Theatre Factory.
Monday 11.9.15
Will Buck — Only Anne
Will Reynolds — Radioactive
Lisa Whitson Burns — The Firebird
Avi Amon — The White City
Jason Robert Brown — The Bridges of Madison County

December 4

Hearth

St. Paul's Church

Enjoy this holiday season with The Chelsea Symphony’s December concert series. Opening with the prelude from Humperdinck’s classic opera, Hänsel und Gretel, this concert features exciting seasonal favorites. Phong Ta will show us the orchestral adaptation of an ancient legend with He Zhanhao and Chen Gang’s The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto, written in traditional pentatonic style featuring Chinese melodies and patterns. Melanie Chirignan will bring Griffes’ Poem for Flute and Orchestra to life with its lush melodies and exciting technique. The concert will end with the holiday classics Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson featuring a surprise guest conductor, and The Night Before Christmas by Aaron Dai with our special guest narrator, Seth Rudetsky!
Friday 12.4.15
Engelbert Humperdinck — Prelude to Hänsel und Gretel
He Zhanhao & Chen Gang — The Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto
Phong Ta Violin
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky — "Waltz of the Flowers" from The Nutcracker Suite
Charles Griffes — Poem for Flute and Orchestra
Leroy Anderson — Sleigh Ride
Aaron Dai — The Night Before Christmas
Seth Rudetsky Guest Narrator

January 29-30

Windows

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

During our January series, promenade with us through Pictures at an Exhibition. This concert will open with a world premiere from TCS composer Tim Kiah. The Friday concert will feature Susan Mandel on cello, performing Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei, based on a series of variations on two main themes of Jewish origin. We will also hear Rob Wilkerson perform one of Fernande Breilh-Decruck’s sonatas for alto saxophone. Saturday’s concert will showcase Alex Hu on Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, considered one of the most technically difficult and virtuosic pieces for the instrument.
Friday 1.29.16
Tim Kiah — Hope for Orchestra & 2 Voices (World Premiere)
Tim Kiah Composer
Emily Eagen Voice
Max Bruch — Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
Susan Mandel Cello
Fernande Breilh-Decruck. — Sonate en ut dièze mineur for saxophone alto (ou alto) et orchestre
Rob Wilkerson Saxophone
Modest Mussorgsky, arr. Maurice Ravel — Pictures at an Exhibition
Saturday 1.30.16
Tim Kiah — Hope for Orchestra & 2 Voices (World Premiere)
Tim Kiah Composer
Emily Eagen Voice
Erich Korngold — Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35
Alex Hu Violin
Modest Mussorgsky, arr. Maurice Ravel — Pictures at an Exhibition

February 21-27

Playroom

Brooklyn Music School (2/21), St. Paul's Church (2/27)

TCS presents two children's concerts on the theme "Welcome to the Zoo!"
Sunday 2.21.16
Camille Saint-Saens. — Selections from The Carnival of the Animals
Seth Bedford — Ballet of the Rubber Chickens (World Premiere)
Sergei Prokofiev — Peter and the Wolf
Navida Stein Guest Narrator
Saturday 2.27.16
Camille Saint-Saens. — Selections from The Carnival of the Animals
Seth Bedford — Ballet of the Rubber Chickens (World Premiere)
Sergei Prokofiev — Peter and the Wolf
Navida Stein Guest Narrator

March 11-12

Threshold

ST. PAUL'S CHURCH, 315 W. 22ND STREET

Our March series will feature Dawn by Paul Frucht, the winner of The Chelsea Symphony’s second annual Composition Competition. TCS welcomes back conductor Ankush Bahl on the podium for Schumann's triumphant Second Symphony. The Friday concert will feature Adam Schommer in Richard Strauss’ Second Concerto for Horn in E-flat Major, as well as Jane Yoon in Dohnányi’s Concertino for Harp and Orchestra. Saturday will bring us Alice Bacon on Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, the beloved last solo concerto of the composer.
Friday 3.11.16
Richard Strauss — Horn Concerto in E-flat Major No. 2, TrV 283
Ernö Dohnányi — Concertino for Harp and Orchestra
Jane Yoon Harp
Paul Frucht — Dawn, Winner of the TCS Composition Competition
Paul Frucht Composer
Robert Schumann — Symphony No. 2 in C major
Ankush Bahl Guest Conductor
Saturday 3.12.16
Antonín Dvořák — Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104
Alice Bacon Cello
Paul Frucht — Dawn, Winner of the TCS Composition Competition
Paul Frucht Composer
Robert Schumann — Symphony No. 2 in C major
Ankush Bahl Guest Conductor

April 15-16

Salon

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

This April, The Chelsea Symphony will host a chamber orchestra concert series, opening with the NYC premiere of Caroline Shaw’s Entr’Acte for string orchestra. Friday will showcase Mozart concerti performed by our double reed players on their respective instruments, oboist Phil Rashkin and bassoonist Colin Mannes. On Saturday, we will hear flautist Anna Urrey on two contemporary pieces by American composers and double bassist Mort Cahn with bass solo on Mozart's "Per questa bella mano." We will also present Stravinsky's suite from his ballet Pulcinella, an effervescent piece signifying the shift into Stravinsky's neoclassicist phase, his "discovery of the past."
Friday 4.15.16
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 314 (285d)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191/186e
Colin Mannes Bassoon
Caroline Shaw — Entr'Acte (NYC Premiere)
Igor Stravinsky — Pulcinella Suite
Saturday 4.16.16
Kent Kennan — Night Soliloquy
Anna Urrey Flute
Howard Hanson — Serenade for Flute, Harp, and Strings
Anna Urrey Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart — Per questa bella mano, K. 612
Morton Cahn Double Bass
Caroline Shaw — Entr'Acte (NYC Premiere)
Igor Stravinsky — Pulcinella Suite

June 4-5

Doorways

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music

The Chelsea Symphony presents its tenth anniversary season finale at the DiMenna Center featuring Mahler's epic First Symphony. Sunday will feature Rick Quantz on the viola in the NYC premiere of Takemitsu’s A String Around Autumn. On Saturday, hear Rebekah Butler perform Michael Daugherty’s violin concerto entitled Fire and Blood. Tickets now available at http://thechelseasymphony.eventbrite.com
Saturday 6.4.16
Michael Daugherty — Fire and Blood
Gustav Mahler — Symphony No. 1 in D Major
Sunday 6.5.16
Toru Takemitsu — A String Around Autumn
Rick Quantz Viola
Gustav Mahler — Symphony No. 1 in D Major