May 18-19



Saturday | 5.18.19 | 8:00 PM
Sunday | 5.19.19 | 2:00 PM
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street

Dmitri Shostakovich premiered his Symphony No. 5 in 1937 in Leningrad. The work, particularly the fourth movement utilizes musical material from his own song, Vozrozhdenije, composed just before the symphony, which sets a poem by Alexander Pushkin commonly known as "Rebirth." The denunciation of his work by the Soviet government is well documented, however, what is to follow is mired in controversy. Shostakovich called his Fifth Symphony, "a Soviet artist's creative response to just criticism," and he was heralded as a prodigal son to the Soviet regime. This was later refuted by his family and contemporaries and, later in his life, he was again denounced by Stalin's regime. His relationship with his government may never be clear but his music lives on in a world unto itself, to be interpreted by those who follow.

Also on this concert are the Dvořák Violin Concerto featuring Bryn Digney on Saturday's concert and the Ewazen Rhapsody for Bass Trombone with Owen Caprell on Sunday's matinee concert.

Both concerts open with Courtney Bryan's Sanctum.

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

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.


Courtney BryanSanctum
Antonín DvořákViolin Concerto in A Minor, op. 53
Bryn Digney Violin
Eric EwazenRhapsody for Bass Trombone and String Orchestra
Owen Caprell Bass Trombone
Dmitry ShostakovichSymphony No. 5 in D Minor, op. 47

Featured Artists

Owen Caprell
Bass Trombone

Sunday, 5.19

Eric Ewazen: Rhapsody for Bass Trombone and String Orchestra

Owen Caprell is a freelance trombone player and music educator in the greater New York City area. Versed in a wide range of styles, he has performed with big bands, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and more. After attending high school in South Carolina, Owen earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver in 2009. He then attended the University of Utah, earning his Masters of Music in performance in 2011. He began …

Bryn Digney

Saturday, 5.18

Antonín Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A Minor, op. 53

Violinist and teacher Bryn Digney is committed to helping people discover and nurture a love of classical music. An active freelancer based in New York City, she performs regularly with groups such as The Chelsea Symphony, the Handel Festival Orchestra, and Opera Italiana. Upcoming solo performances include recitals at New York’s National Opera Center and the Princeton Public Library. A committed educator, Bryn currently serves as an instructor of violin, viola, and chamber music at New York University and maintains …


The 2018-19 season is Reuben’s seventh conducting The Chelsea Symphony, where he’s also a violinist and sometimes concertmaster. It’s his fifth season as Music Director of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania, where guest soloists include Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim. He’s also Music Director of the Riverside Orchestra on New York’s Upper West Side, collaborating with soloists from across New York including members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York Philharmonic.

At the Eastman School of Music in …

Nell Flanders’ conducting credits include performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chelsea Symphony, Mannes Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, and the Riverside Orchestra. She served as a cover conductor for JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic during the 2014-15 season and was the assistant conductor at Peabody Opera Theater during 2016-17. An enthusiastic proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Flanders has conducted many orchestral premieres with groups such as Mannes American Composers Ensemble, The Secret Opera …