June 26-27



Friday | 6.26.20 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 6.27.20 | 8:00 PM

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

The June 26-27 “The World is Wide Enough” concert series has been cancelled. Our originally planned featured artists 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 year!


On this program, two works by Bernstein are featured with TCS soloists: Michelle Stockman performs Halil on flute on Friday’s concert and violinist Nicholas Pappone is the featured soloist on Serenade on Saturday’s concert.

The incomparable Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler is the fitting finale for any finale. This epic five movement work in three parts is a world unto itself. Beyond the complexity of the piece for all instruments - not to mention the arresting trumpet opening call and the immense third movement featuring an obbligato horn - the symphony had come to represent for Mahler “the sum of all the suffering I have been compelled to endure at the hands of life.” 

Despite this, the symphony also represents a myriad of other emotions as well. The Adagietto fourth movement is commonly known as a love letter to the composer’s wife, Alma (a composer in her own right), and has become known in popular culture on its own. According to a letter she wrote to Willem Mengelberg, a Dutch conductor and Gustav’s close friend and associate, a poem was inscribed by Gustav to Alma in the score:

Wie ich Dich liebe, Du meine Sonne,

ich kann mit Worten Dir's nicht sagen.

Nur meine Sehnsucht kann ich Dir klagen

und meine Liebe, meine Wonne!

In which way I love you, my sunbeam,

I cannot tell you with words.

Only my longing, my love and my bliss

can I with anguish declare.

The triumphant finale eclipses all of the emotions of the past and serves as an affirmation of the joy of the human spirit.

Concert run time: 105-120 minutes including a 15-minute intermission

Conductors:  Matthew Aubin, Mark Seto


Leonard BernsteinHalil
Leonard BernsteinSerenade (After Plato's "Symposium")
Gustav MahlerSymphony No. 5

Featured Artists

Nicholas Pappone

Saturday, 6.27

Leonard Bernstein: Serenade (After Plato's "Symposium")

Lauded as a “first rate” violinist by Maestro Lorin Maazel, Nicholas Pappone makes a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, sought-after orchestral player, and teacher in New York City. Growing up as a professional child actor in Los Angeles, performing the role of a prodigy violinist in a film inspired his interest in the instrument. Nicholas has performed with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Emerson String Quartet, the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Piano Trio, and …

Michelle Stockman

Friday, 6.26

Leonard Bernstein: Halil

Michelle Stockman is a flutist and piccolo player from New England who enjoys an active career in New York City. Praised for her sensitivity and versatility, she is principal flutist of LoftOpera and a freelancer with groups such as American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY), and The Chelsea Symphony. Passionate about flute pedagogy and music education, she is a dedicated private instructor and previously served on faculty at The Fort Lee School of …


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 …