September 23-24



Friday | 9.23.22 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 9.24.22 | 8:00 PM

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

The Chelsea Symphony returns with Artistic Director Matthew Aubin in a season opener exploring works written in turbulent times. Michael Boyman’s Clarinet Concerto, featuring Angela Shankar in the world premiere performance, draws influence from the tempestuous Sturm und Drang music of Haydn & Mozart that became the soundtrack of his early months in the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 90 years earlier, Ralph Vaughan Williams was reeling with the emotional aftermath of serving in World War I and the sudden loss of a dear friend when he composed his Symphony No. 4. Both nights open with Grażyna Bacewicz’s Overture for Orchestra with Saturday also featuring Phil Rashkin on Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto, two works written near the end of World War II.

Conductor:  Matthew Aubin


Grażyna Bacewicz


Mike Boyman

Clarinet Concerto

(World Premiere)

Angela Shankar, Clarinet
Mike Boyman, Composer
Richard StraussOboe Concerto in D major, TrV 292

(Saturday Only)

Phil Rashkin, Oboe
Ralph Vaughan Williams

Symphony No. 4 in F Minor

Featured Artists

Angela Shankar

Friday, 9.23, Saturday, 9.24

Mike Boyman: Clarinet Concerto

The daughter of two musicians from her native Cleveland, Ohio, Angela Shankar is a performer and educator in New York City.

Active in the musical theater world, she recently played flute, clarinet and saxophones on the award-winning musical “Harmony,” written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman. She’s currently subbing at “The Music Man” on Broadway, and this past holiday season was in the Radio City Music Hall orchestra for the “Christmas Spectacular” show featuring the Rockettes.

In addition to performing …

Mike Boyman

Friday, 9.23, Saturday, 9.24

Mike Boyman: Clarinet Concerto

Composer and violist Michael Boyman is always searching for the perfect balance of form and expression. An alumnus of the New York Youth Symphony, Michael served as principal violist of the orchestra and was a member of Making Score, the organization's composition program. Michael is a graduate of New York University, where he studied political science and music composition, studying with Justin Dello Joio. He received his Master's Degree in Composition from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied …

Phil Rashkin

Saturday, 9.24

Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto in D major, TrV 292

Phil Rashkin is a conductor, pianist, oboist, and composer based in New York City. He is the music director of Opera Upper West, the assistant conductor of the Manhattan Symphonie, and oboist with the Downtown Music at Grace chamber music series with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He conducts the Wind Ensemble at the Special Music High School and teaches at Mannes Prep Pre-College at The New School, The Horace Mann School, and Manhattan School of Music Summer. He …


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.

The 2022-23 season kicks off Dr. Aubin’s inaugural year as Music Director of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is Music Director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and serves as Artistic Director of The Chelsea Symphony. In his role at TCS, he has led highly visible collaborations with partners such …