April 22


April 22 Earth Day

Sunday | 4.22.18 | 2:00 PM
American Museum of Natural History, Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life

TCS is thrilled to present the Pulitzer and Grammy Award-winning piece Become Ocean by American composer John Luther Adams in the Paul and Irma Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History. Commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and premiered in 2013, this single movement work was inspired by the oceans of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

From a note in the score: "Life on this earth first emerged from the sea. As the polar ice melts and sea level rises, we humans find ourselves facing the prospect that once again we may quite literally become ocean."

TCS is honored to welcome Dr. Ana Porzecanski, Director for the Center of Biodiversity & Conservation at AMNH, to join TCS conductors and special guests in conversation from the podium.

Surrounded by the drama of the undersea world and under the iconic 94-foot long blue whale, The Chelsea Symphony will also perform Alan Hovhaness' And God Created Great Whales and the world premiere of TCS composer Michael Boyman's The Howling Wilderness.

Special thanks to Steinway & Sons for graciously allowing TCS use of a Steinway official grand piano for this performance!

The concert will be held as part of EarthFest at the American Museum of Natural History in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. EarthFest is an all-day affair for the whole family, from early morning yoga to performances by Pilobolus and others, we look forward to seeing you in celebration of Earth Day!


American Museum of Natural History

Milstein Hall of Ocean Life

Central Park West at 79th Street


Sunday, April 22 at 2pm


The concert is included with your museum general admission - the Hall will be filled on a first-available general admission basis. Be sure to arrive early to secure your spot, even with an Eventbrite RSVP or special FRIENDS OF TCS ticket!

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Conductor:  Matthew Aubin, Mark Seto


Mike BoymanThe Howling Wilderness (World Premiere)
Mike Boyman, Viola
Alan HovhanessAnd God Created Great Whales, op. 229, no. 1
John Luther AdamsBecome Ocean

Featured Artists

Mike Boyman

Sunday, 4.22

Mike Boyman: The Howling Wilderness (World Premiere)

Composer and violist Michael Boyman is always searching for the perfect balance of form and expression. An alumnus of the New York Youth Symphony, Michael served as principal violist of the orchestra and was a member of Making Score, the organization's composition program. Michael is a graduate of New York University, where he studied political science and music composition, studying with Justin Dello Joio. He received his Master's Degree in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied …


A leader in the 21st century orchestral landscape, Dr. Matthew Aubin is constantly reaching new audiences through innovative performance formats and creative initiatives both on and off the podium.

The 2022-23 season kicks off Dr. Aubin’s inaugural year as Music Director of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is Music Director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and serves as Artistic Director of The Chelsea Symphony. In his role at TCS, he has led highly visible collaborations with partners such …

Mark Seto leads a wide-ranging musical life as a conductor, scholar, teacher, and violinist. He is Artistic Director and Conductor of The Chelsea Symphony in New York City, and Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music at Brown University, where he directs the Brown University Orchestra and teaches courses in music history, theory, and conducting. Highlights of his 2023-24 season include performances with violinist Itzhak Perlman, violinist Randall Goosby, and clarinetist Anthony McGill, and the inauguration of The …