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

Conductors:  Matthew Aubin, Mark Seto


Tim KiahEndangered Song (World Premiere)
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsConcerto for Oboe and Strings in A Minor
Sally BeamishViola Concerto No. 2 ("The Seafarer")
Claude DebussyLa mer, trois esquisses symphoniques pour orchestre

Featured Artists

Phil Rashkin

Friday, 9.15

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

Phil Rashkin, a Los Angeles native, performs dynamically as a conductor, symphonic, and solo musician and maintains an active schedule as music director for Opera Upper West and The Special Music School's Wind Ensemble. Mr. Rashkin also coaches music with Face the Music and is currently an oboist with The Chelsea Symphony and The Manhattan Symphonie. Mr. Rashkin is a member of the shifting landscape of classical music: as a conductor/pianist for Opera Upper West’s immersive, real-time performances of Le …

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, …


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 …