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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Conductors:  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. His music often tells a story, whether from literature, visual art or personal experience, and he aims to present that story in the most vivid and emotionally intense way. Michael is the recipient of the BMI William Schuman Award and was recently featured in the 2017 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute. His music is published by Theodore Presser Company.

An alumnus of the New York …


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 …