October 23-24



Friday | 10.23.15 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 10.24.15 | 8:00 PM

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.

Premium advanced purchased tickets for best available seating in a reserved area are available on Eventbrite for $25.

Tickets are also available at the door for a suggested donation of $20.

This concert will be held at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W. 37th St.

Conductors:  Matthew Aubin, Mark Seto


Aaron DaiAllegretto Giocoso (World Premiere)
Gerard SchwarzA Journey
Artie ShawConcerto for Clarinet
Angela Shankar Clarinet
George GershwinRhapsody in Blue
Weiyin Chen Piano

Featured Artists

Weiyin Chen

Friday, 10.23, Saturday, 10.24

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

A thoughtful, lyrical, and accomplished artist.

– Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times

In a time of promising young virtuosos from all over the world the Taiwanese-American pianist Weiyin Chen stands out not just for her dazzling technique, but above all for the sheer musicality and maturity of her playing, qualities rare in an artist of her young years. Her gift for getting to the musical “heart” of the scores she plays has drawn the attention and praise of such …

Angela Shankar

Friday, 10.23, Saturday, 10.24

Artie Shaw: Concerto for Clarinet

Angela is an active freelance clarinetist, music educator, and Zumba® instructor based in New York City.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Angela received a B.A. in Clarinet Performance and Music Education from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.A. in Clarinet Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she received the Performer’s Certificate, the highest prize in performance. While at Eastman, Angela also won both the Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Community Teaching and the Teaching Assistant Prize …


A passionate advocate for American and contemporary music, Matthew Aubin has conducted and performed internationally from Carnegie Hall to the Musikverein and many stops in between. Currently in his third season as Music Director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Aubin also serves as Artistic Director for The Chelsea Symphony in New York City. He regularly serves as a conductor and consultant for film and television including collaborations with the Golden Globe award-winning television series Mozart in the Jungle and Younger …

Mark Seto leads a wide-ranging musical life as a conductor, musicologist, teacher, and violinist. He is Artistic Director and Conductor of The Chelsea Symphony in New York City, and Director of the Brown University Orchestra and Senior Lecturer in Music at Brown University.

Since Mark’s tenure with The Chelsea Symphony began in 2011, the ensemble has programmed more than three dozen world premieres and has had debut performances at David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the DiMenna Center for Classical …