June 29-30



Saturday | 6.29.19 | 8:00 PM
Sunday | 6.30.19 | 2:00 PM
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street

The Chelsea Symphony presents the season finale of RESOLUTION with a concert featuring John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1. Written in the late 1980s, the AIDS pandemic was claiming the lives of many. As the first of his large format works, the symphonic form here is used to commemorate, as the composer noted, "my friends – those I had lost and the one I was losing." Partly inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, the first movement is subtitled "Apologue: Of Rage and Remembrance," and is dedicated to a pianist. The next two movements commemorate a music executive and a cellist. In the finale, a tarantella melody played by piano in a featured role and the cello line from the previous movements are juxtaposed against “a repeated pattern consisting of waves of brass chords ... [to convey] an image of timelessness."

Also on this finale series, TCS welcomes back two soloists to the stage for two solos for the violin: Adam von Housen performs the Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in D minor on Saturday's concert, written by the prodigious composer when he was just 13 years old and forgotten until after his death. Sunday's matinee performance brings EJ Lee to the stage to close out our soloist season with the Beethoven Violin Concerto.

Both concerts open with In Between by Aaron Israel Levin, the winning composition from the 2018-19 TCS Composition Competition, now in its fifth year.

Tickets for reserved unassigned seating in a premium area are on sale at Eventbrite!

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

Conductor:  Matthew Aubin, Mark Seto


Aaron Israel LevinIn Between
Aaron Israel Levin, Composer
Felix MendelssohnViolin Concerto in D Minor (1822)
Adam von Housen, Violin
Ludwig van BeethovenViolin Concerto in D Major, op. 61
E.J. Lee, Violin
John CoriglianoSymphony No. 1

Featured Artists

E.J. Lee

Sunday, 6.30

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 61

E.J. Lee began playing the violin in Seoul, Korea at the age of four and made her solo debut three years later on the Vivaldi Violin Concerto with full orchestra. As a teenager she won a national violin competition in Korea, which lead her to perform Bruch Violin Concerto with the Seoul Symphony. In 2004, E.J. earned her master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

Throughout the years, E.J. has performed in various prestigious concert venues such as Carnegie …

Adam von Housen

Saturday, 6.29

Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in D Minor (1822)

As a winner of the 2013 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, violinist Adam von Housen made his New York recital debut in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in May 2013. Currently based in New York City, Adam is a recent graduate from CUNY Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. Adam received his Master's Degree and Artist Diploma from Brooklyn College, where he studied violin with Masao Kawasaki and chamber music with Ursula Oppens and Adam Kent. He …

Aaron Israel Levin

Saturday, 6.29, Sunday, 6.30

Aaron Israel Levin: In Between

Aaron Israel Levin writes music that is guided by the emotional dynamism of storytelling and drama. He draws from a variety of musical and non-musical influences – including film, theater, and performance art – to create compositions that are both personal and wide-ranging. Aaron’s music has been performed by the Bent Frequency Duo, Fifth House Ensemble, loadbang, the Yale Philharmonia, mezzo-sopranos Kayleigh Butcher and Lisa Neher, and percussionists Dmitrii Nilov and Sam Um.

Passionate about collaboration, Aaron frequently works with …


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 …