September 20-21



Friday | 9.20.19 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 9.21.19 | 8:00 PM

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street

The Chelsea Symphony opens its fourteenth season RISE UP with the September 20-21 concert series, “Here to Stay,” featuring pieces from the American canon: Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, the three-movement Prelude, Fugue and Riffs by Leonard Bernstein featuring clarinet soloist Alicia Bennett, and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris

The first half of the concert presents the NYC premiere of Jeremy Crosmer’s Masks: A Heroine’s Tale with Mitsuru Kubo on viola (Friday), the Nautilus Brass Quintet performing Eric Ewazen’s Shadowcatcher (Saturday), and with both concerts in the series opened by a world premiere piece by TCS composer Mike Boyman.

TCS’ season, RISE UP, reflects on music that inspires and uplifts. The upbeat Bernstein big band and clarinet feature was written as a way to bridge the gap between classical music and jazz. It was written in 1949 for clarinetist Woody Hermann but not performed until 1955 on Bernstein’s television program, Omnibus, which served as one of the vehicles for Bernstein’s lifelong exploration of “what is American music.”

Gershwin’s An American in Paris was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic in 1928 as a “rhapsodic ballet” (and later expanded into the 1951 film starring Gene Kelly). As the composer said of his work, "my purpose here is to portray the impressions of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city, listens to the various street noises, and absorbs the French atmosphere." Though based on a musical snippet known as “Very Parisienne,” the work has become fully engrained as part of the American idiom.

Fanfare for the Common Man has its roots in WWII but has since become an anthemic call to our sense of humanity, dignity, and the noble cause of a common purpose. Of Copland’s fanfare, composer and world-renowned jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard said, "Whenever I hear it, it stops me in my tracks and makes me reflect on the goodness of man.”

Concert run time: 85-95 minutes including a 15-minute intermission

Tickets available via Eventbrite for $25 seating in premium areas or for a $20 suggested donation at the door.

Conductors:  Matthew Aubin, Nell Flanders


Mike Boyman

Sonata for String Orchestra

(World Premiere)

Mike Boyman, Composer
Jeremy Crosmer

Masks: A Heroine's Tale

(NYC premiere, Friday only)

Mitsuru Kubo, Viola
Eric Ewazen

Shadowcatcher for Brass Quintet and Orchestra

(Saturday only)

Nautilus Brass Quintet, Brass quintet
Aaron Copland

Fanfare for the Common Man

Leonard Bernstein

Prelude, Fugue and Riffs

Alicia Bennett, Clarinet
George Gershwin

An American in Paris

Featured Artists

Mitsuru Kubo

Friday, 9.20

Jeremy Crosmer: Masks: A Heroine's Tale

Mitsuru Kubo is a homegrown, dynamic musician.  You could say she began studying music in the womb, while her mother studied piano performance in college.  A native of Seattle, Mitsuru grew up in a home that revolved around music; she even lived with her first piano teacher – her mother! She rebelled against convention at the age of 7 by choosing the viola as her primary instrument. The highlight of her early musician life was as a devoted member of …

Alicia Bennett

Friday, 9.20, Saturday, 9.21

Leonard Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue and Riffs

Clarinetist Alicia Bennett is active as a performer and teacher in the New York City area. She is on faculty at the 92Y, Bloomingdale School of Music, and Turtle Bay Music School; additionally, Alicia is a teaching artist for the 92Y's Discover Music program. Alicia specializes in playing chamber and orchestral music, and loves playing opera and new music whenever she has the chance. In March of 2018, Alicia was a featured soloist with The Chelsea Symphony playing Aaron Copland's …

Nautilus Brass Quintet
Brass quintet

Saturday, 9.21

Eric Ewazen: Shadowcatcher for Brass Quintet and Orchestra

Firmly committed to the creation and performance of new works for brass instruments, the Nautilus Brass Quintet (NBQ) has established itself as a premier new music ensemble. Since its founding in 2010, the NBQ has premiered over 23 works through collaborations with commissioning partners such as New York City’s “Vox Novus” and the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, as well as maintaining an open call for scores from composers around the world.

NBQ strives to proliferate accessibility to cultivated brass …

Mike Boyman

Friday, 9.20, Saturday, 9.21

Mike Boyman: Sonata for String Orchestra

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 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.

In his 5th season as Music Director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Aubin also serves as Artistic Director for The Chelsea Symphony in New York City. In this role he has led highly visible collaborations with partners such as actor John Lithgow, award-winning television series Mozart in the Jungle, …

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 …