September 15-16


September 15-16

Friday | 9.15.17 | 8:30 PM
Saturday | 9.16.17 | 7:30 PM
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street

The Chelsea Symphony is thrilled to return to The DiMenna Center for Classical Music for the opening series of its twelfth season, Sea Change, featuring music inspired by the natural world. This season showcases compelling works with a focus on nature and environmental stewardship.

Conducted by Matthew Aubin and Mark Seto, TCS welcomes back two soloists to the stage: Phil Rashkin is the featured performer on the Ralph Vaughan Williams' Oboe Concerto on Friday's concert and Elise Frawley solos on Sally Beamish's Viola Concerto No. 2, "The Seafarer," on Saturday's concert. Both concerts open with the world premiere of TCS composer Tim Kiah's Endangered Song, a concerto for orchestra inspired by the desperate survival of endangered animals, and close with Claude Debussy's lush tour-de-force La Mer.

TCS is thrilled to begin a season-long collaboration with urban naturalist Keith Michael and NYC Wild! beginning with September's nature walk at Fort Tilden (Queens) to compliment this concert series. This walk will take place only on Saturday - visit our Eventbrite page to purchase your concert ticket and add on this special, curated experience!

Concerts will be held at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street

Season and September tickets on sale now at Eventbrite!

Photo by Matt Howard

Conductor:  Matthew Aubin, Mark Seto


Tim Kiah

Endangered Song

(World Premiere)

Ralph Vaughan WilliamsConcerto for Oboe and Strings in A Minor
Phil Rashkin, Oboe
Sally BeamishViola Concerto No. 2 ("The Seafarer")
Elise Frawley, Viola
Claude DebussyLa mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre

Featured Artists

Elise Frawley

Saturday, 9.16

Sally Beamish: Viola Concerto No. 2 ("The Seafarer")

Elise Frawley enjoys playing viola in a variety of venues, from Carnegie Hall to Rockwood Music Hall. She has performed with such ensembles as the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera House, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of New York, Ensemble LPR, Wordless Music Orchestra, Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, MetroChamber Orchestra, Ensemble Mise-en, among many other groups. She serves as both principal viola and board member of the Chelsea Symphony, …

Phil Rashkin

Friday, 9.15

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Oboe and Strings in A Minor

Phil Rashkin is a conductor, pianist, oboist, and composer based in New York City. He is the music director of Opera Upper West, the assistant conductor of the Manhattan Symphonie, and oboist with the Downtown Music at Grace chamber music series with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He conducts the Wind Ensemble at the Special Music High School and teaches at Mannes Prep Pre-College at The New School, The Horace Mann School, and Manhattan School of Music Summer. He …


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 …