March 6-7

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SONGS OF HOPE

Friday | 3.6.20 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 3.7.20 | 8:00 PM

St. Paul's Church, 315 West 22nd Street

The Chelsea Symphony presents “Songs of Hope” on March 6-7 during its fourteenth season RISE UP. All works on this program are by living composers. TCS is proud to feature four performers and three works in honor of International Women's Day.

This program features three contemporary composers whose work captures the American experience. Missy Mazzoli's River Rouge Transfiguration draws inspiration from the dynamic landscape of Detroit. Gabriela Lena Frank's Elegía Andina explores the composer's multicultural (Lithuanian-Jewish-Chinese-Peruvian-Spanish) identity. Joan Tower's Made in America is an uplifting meditation on how we can keep our country beautiful, even in times of uncertainty and turmoil.

The program opens with two world premieres by TCS resident composers: Tim Kiah's Truth unto the People, dedicated to Sojourner Truth and inspired by her 1851 speech at the Women's Rights Convention in Akron, OH. The piece will include text from this speech featuring two guest vocalists, Bonita Oliver and Onome. Both nights will also present a concerto for two horns and wind ensemble by Mike Boyman, featuring TCS musicians Jessica Santiago and Emily Wong.

Concert run time: 105 minutes including a 15-minute intermission

Tickets available on Eventbrite for $25 for seating in premium areas; admission also available at the door for a suggested donation of $20.

Know before you go

International Women's Day

Joan Tower, Made in America


There are two versions of Sojourner Truth's speech delivered to the 1851 Women's Rights Convention in Akron, OH (and the inspiration for Tim Kiah's world premiere piece on this concert program).

The popular 'Ain't I a Woman' Speech was first published by Frances Gage in 1863, 12 years after the speech itself. Another version was published a month after the speech was given in the Anti-Slavery Bugle by Rev. Marius Robinson. In Robinson's Version the phrase 'Ain't I a Woman' is not present. (U.S. National Park Service)

Read the two versions, compare the speeches, and come hear the piece on March 6 and 7!

Published in the Anti-Slavery Bugle by Rev. Marius Robinson (1851)
Source: Library of Congress

Published by Frances Gage (1863)
Source: U.S. National Park Service

See the comparison and hear Truth's legacy:

The Sojourner Truth Project

Conductors:  Matthew Aubin, Mark Seto

Program

Tim KiahTruth unto the People (World Premiere)
Tim Kiah Composer
Onome Voice
Mike BoymanConcerto for Two Horns and Wind Ensemble (World Premiere)
Emily Wong Horn
Mike Boyman Composer
Missy MazzoliRiver Rouge Transfiguration
Gabriela Lena FrankElegia Andina
Joan TowerMade in America

Featured Artists

Bonita Oliver
Voice

Friday, 3.6, Saturday, 3.7

Tim Kiah: Truth unto the People


Bonita Oliver is a  multidisciplinary performance artist and improviser. Her work is about transitions- the process of moving through.

She creates deeply emotional, body in space, concept art through voice, music,  environmental soundscapes and movement. The motivation is to heal personal and ancestral trauma in order to make way for discovery and connection.

Her process is in the moment and responds to stimuli – be it internal or external -through embodiment and interaction. Her live works exhibit this process in …

Onome
Voice

Friday, 3.6, Saturday, 3.7

Tim Kiah: Truth unto the People


Onome (awe nə MAY) is a vocalist of Urhobo heritage who incorporates improvisation into her practice as a tool to expand consciousness, creativity, and personal development. Through her audience-interactive performances, workshops and sound installations, Onome embodies joy, enchantment, and infinite possibility. She is an artist-in-residence at Carnegie Hall as a core member of the vocal improvisation lab and ensemble, Moving Star. She has performed sound poetry at hundreds of venues nationally, recorded soundscapes for podcasts, and created vocal film …

Jessica Santiago
Horn

Friday, 3.6, Saturday, 3.7

Mike Boyman: Concerto for Two Horns and Wind Ensemble


An avid solo and chamber musician, Jess maintains a career as a freelance horn player and pedagogue. Known to go wherever the wind will take her, she has performing credits across the USA, Europe, and Asia. Most notably she has performed with the MostArts Festival (Alfred, NY), Artosphere Festival Orchestra (Fayetteville, AR), Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (LA), Hollywood Concert Orchestra (FL), and the Sarajevo Philharmonic (BiH). A native of New York, Jess performs at some of the most …

Emily Wong
Horn

Friday, 3.6, Saturday, 3.7

Mike Boyman: Concerto for Two Horns and Wind Ensemble


Emily Wong is the President and Executive Director of The Chelsea Symphony as well as a member of the horn section. She is a freelance hornist in the NYC metropolitan area, board member of the Look + Listen Festival, and vice president in operations at a financial services firm.

In her work with TCS, she has been a consultant for and can be seen and heard alongside other members in all four seasons of the Golden Globe-winning Amazon Original Series, …

Tim Kiah
Composer

Friday, 3.6, Saturday, 3.7

Tim Kiah: Truth unto the People


Tim Kiah is a Brooklyn-based composer, vocalist, and bassist. He has been commissioned by Chamber Music America, Lincoln Center, La Mama Theatre, the Washington Square Winds, the Gusto Chamber Players, and the Northern Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in Newcastle, England. His works have been premiered at venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and have been broadcast on NPR. He is a member and composer of The Chelsea Symphony.

Upon moving to New York, Kiah, a registered nurse, formed a …

Mike Boyman
Composer

Friday, 3.6, Saturday, 3.7

Mike Boyman: Concerto for Two Horns and Wind Ensemble


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 …

Conductors

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 …