May 15-16



Friday | 5.15.20 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 5.16.20 | 8:00 PM

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

The May 15-16 “We Can Be Heroes” concert series has been cancelled. All of our originally planned featured artists, including the 2019-20 TCS Composition Competition winner (Sam Wu, Wind Map), will be rescheduled to a future concert date. We are sad about this news but make this decision to support New York and with our musicians' and audience members' safety as our first and foremost priority. Wishing all of you a safe and healthy spring!


Ring in the spring with The Chelsea Symphony for “We Can Be Heroes” on May 15-16 as part of the fourteenth season RISE UP.

Featuring Schumann’s Third Symphony, the “Rhenish,” this work is the composer’s last, written during the autumn of 1850. It features musical inspiration from nature and is often compared to Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Sixth Symphony. The inner movements are in homage to the Rhine (the inspiration for its nickname), a country dance, and the ceremony for the elevation of a cardinal in a cathedral in Cologne. The work closes with the cheerful vigor introduced in the opening movement with a celebratory brass fanfare.

Alongside this work are the Barber Violin Concerto featuring Camille Enderlin on Friday’s concert, and two more works for strings on Saturday’s concert: Amanda Maier-Röntgen’s Violin Concert welcoming Juliana Pereira back as TCS soloist and a work by Kamala Sankaram featuring violist Brian Thompson. 

Both concerts open with the winning piece of The Chelsea Symphony’s 2019-20 Composition Competition, now in its sixth year.

Concert run time: 85-90 minutes including a 15-minute intermission

Conductors:  Reuben Blundell, Mark Seto


Sam WuWind Map (Winning Piece of the 2019-20 TCS Composition Competition)
Kamala SankaramViola Concerto (World Premiere)
Amanda Maier-RöntgenViolin Concerto in D minor
Samuel BarberViolin Concerto, op. 14
Robert SchumannSymphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, op. 97 "Rhenish"

Featured Artists

Camille Enderlin

Friday, 5.15

Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto, op. 14

Camille Enderlin is a versatile New York City based violinist.  Camille received her Master of Music degree from New York University in 2017, where she was honored with an award for Excellence and Outstanding Achievement in the Graduate String Studies Program.  Camille received her B.M. in Violin Performance from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she also minored in Art History. Camille's primary teachers have been Yuval Yaron and Naoko Tanaka.

Born and raised in San Francisco, California, …

Juliana Pereira

Saturday, 5.16

Amanda Maier-Röntgen: Violin Concerto in D minor

A New York City native, Juliana began playing the violin at the age of 3 at the School for Strings in Manhattan where she is currently a member of the Board of Trustees. As an undergraduate at Brown University, Juliana was the concertmaster of the orchestra and frequent soloist. She also served as co-concert master of the Sorbonne University Orchestra in Paris while studying abroad her Junior year. Juliana has performed with orchestras and ensembles throughout the U.S., U.K., Canada, …

Brian Thompson

Saturday, 5.16

Kamala Sankaram: Viola Concerto

Brian Thompson earned his MM in viola performance from the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. He serves as principal violist for The Chelsea Symphony, Light Opera of New York, and Blue Hill Troupe and plays in a variety of other ensembles ranging from Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra to the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. He has premiered solo, chamber, and orchestral works by Eric Roth, Alon Nechushtan, and Whitney George, collaborated with dance companies such as Sleepdance and Jax Dance, and …


The 2020-21 season is Reuben’s ninth conducting The Chelsea Symphony, where he’s also a violinist and sometimes concertmaster. It’s his seventh 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 …

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 …