March 6-7



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 featuring works by contemporary American composers in honor of International Women's Day.

TCS is proud to feature three contemporary female 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: a new work by Tim Kiah commemorating the 1920 ratification of the 19th amendment, which secured women's right to vote; and a concerto for two horns 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.

Conductors:  Matthew Aubin, Mark Seto


Tim KiahWorld Premiere (World Premiere)
Mike BoymanConcerto for Two Horns (World Premiere)
Emily Wong Horn
Missy MazzoliRiver Rouge Transfiguration
Gabriela Lena FrankElegia Andina
Joan TowerMade in America

Featured Artists

Jess Santiago

Friday, 3.6, Saturday, 3.7

Mike Boyman: Concerto for Two Horns

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

Friday, 3.6, Saturday, 3.7

Mike Boyman: Concerto for Two Horns

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 and board member of the Look + Listen Festival.

In her work with TCS, she has been a consultant for and can be seen alongside other members in all four seasons of the Golden Globe-winning Amazon Original Series, Mozart in the Jungle. Emily has also worked to bring the …


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 …