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World Map

Friday | 5.26.23 | 8:00 PM

Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Music Center, 129 W 67th Street

The Chelsea Symphony, in collaboration with composer Shuying Li, presents Li’s World Map concertos, featuring members of the Four Corners Ensemble in all new orchestrations of the concertos for chamber orchestra. Originally written for and recorded by the Four Corners Ensemble, each concerto journeys to a different country or region around the world, highlighting the diverse backgrounds of each featured musician. The evening opens with a new work by Aaron Dai and closes with John Luther Adams’s Become River, bringing the theme of world exploration together through the bodies of water that connect us all.

Program

Aaron Dai

New Work

(World Premiere)

Aaron Dai, Composer
Shuying Li

The Dryad

(Version Premiere)

Shuying Li, Composer
Erika Boysen, Flute
Shuying Li

American Variations

(Version Premiere)

Shuying Li, Composer
Joshua Anderson, Clarinet
Shuying Li

The Peace House

(Version Premiere)

Shuying Li, Composer
Christina Adams, Violin
Shuying Li

Matilda’s Dream

(Version Premiere)

Shuying Li, Composer
Allan Hon, Cello
Shuying Li

Canton Snowstorm

(Version Premiere)

Shuying Li, Composer
Mi-Eun Kim, Piano
John Luther Adams

Become River

(NY Premiere)

Featured Artists

Shuying Li
Composer

Friday, 5.26

Shuying Li: The Dryad


Friday, 5.26

Shuying Li: American Variations


Friday, 5.26

Shuying Li: The Peace House


Friday, 5.26

Shuying Li: Matilda’s Dream


Friday, 5.26

Shuying Li: Canton Snowstorm


Praised by the Seattle Times as “a real talent” with “skillful orchestral writing, very colorful language and huge waves of sound,” Shuying Li is an award-winning composer who began her musical education in her native China. In her sophomore year at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, she won a scholarship to continue her undergraduate studies at The Hartt School in Connecticut. She holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and is a research faculty member at the …

Erika Boysen
Flute

Friday, 5.26

Shuying Li: The Dryad


Flutist and pedagogue, Erika Boysen, is a leading innovator within interdisciplinary performance. Particularly known for her uniquely evocative collaborations including movement, singing and acting, Boysen uses these forms of creative expression both in performance and as a method for teaching artistic concepts. For her demonstrative expertise and virtuosic performance, she has been invited to Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, and throughout the US to perform in recitals, teach master classes, and lead creative workshops.

Active on all fronts, recent …

Joshua Anderson
Clarinet

Friday, 5.26

Shuying Li: American Variations


Joshua Anderson is an active orchestral and chamber musician and has given performances in such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall. Joshua holds the position of Principal Clarinet with the Reno Philharmonic and has played under the baton of such conductors as Valery Gergiev and Peter Oundjian. As a chamber musician, Joshua has performed internationally alongside members of the New York and Berlin Philharmonic

Orchestras. He is a member of the Four Corners Ensemble, which was …

Christina Adams
Violin

Friday, 5.26

Shuying Li: The Peace House


Dr. Christina Adams is Instructor of Violin, Viola, and Chamber Music at the University of South Florida, and also serves as the Assistant Director of Strings and Chamber Music at the Brancaleoni International Music Festival. She holds degrees from the University of South Florida, Boston University, and a D.M.A. from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Adams appears frequently as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician. She has collaborated with leading artists from around the country, including New York Philharmonic principals …

Allan Hon
Cello

Friday, 5.26

Shuying Li: Matilda’s Dream


Praised for his lush, professionally robust string sound and a finely tuned sense of pitch, cellist Allan Hon enjoys a multi-faceted career, from concert recitalist to chamber and orchestral musician, and has performed for audiences in Asia, Europe, Canada, and North America. A prizewinner in many competitions, he is a strong advocate of chamber music, and is the cellist of the Zelter String Quartet, the Gold Prize winner of the 2021 Chesapeake International Chamber Music Competition. He has also performed …

Mi-Eun Kim
Piano

Friday, 5.26

Shuying Li: Canton Snowstorm


Raised throughout the midwestern United States, pianist Mi-Eun Kim has performed on stages across the country, as well as in Europe and Asia.

Recent performances include her ongoing complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle at Beethoven @ 2020 Series at Butler University, Loyola University in New Orleans and Yiin Art Hall South Korea as well as a lecture-presentations at Atlantic Music Festival, and University of Michigan. She appeared as a soloist with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, and …

Aaron Dai
Composer

Friday, 5.26

Aaron Dai: New Work


A graduate of Columbia University and Mannes School of Music, Aaron Dai began studying piano at the age of 5 and went on to win the UNICEF Youth Concerts Competition three times by the age of 15. He has concertized around the country, performing in New York venues such as CAMI Hall, Steinway Hall, and Symphony Space, and cities including Philadelphia, Houston, Phoenix, and San Francisco. Aaron studied with Rachael M. Perez Hayes and Denise Kahn. Other studies include accompaniment …

Conductors

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 …

Reuben Blundell has been a Chelsea Symphony conductor/violinist since 2012, enjoying collaborations with musicians, soloists, composers and other conductors. Conducting Aaron Dai’s The Night Before Christmas, first with B. D. Wong then Annie Golden narrating, he initiated, conducted and edited (in Premiere Pro) the orchestra’s 2020 remote performance, narrated by John Lithgow.

Blundell is Music Director of the Riverside Orchestra on the Upper West Side, rehearsing Mondays and performing five concerts each season. He also directs another outstanding community …

Active as a conductor, violinist, violist, pianist, and educator, Nell Flanders brings her dynamic musicality to performances in a wide variety of genres, from orchestral classics to contemporary music, tango, blues, and period instrument baroque. Ms. Flanders is currently the Director of Orchestral Activities at Idaho State University, where she leads the Idaho State-Civic Symphony and the ISU University Chamber Orchestra. From 2018-2021 she held the position of Georg and Joyce Albers-Schonberg Assistant Conductor with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, conducting …

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 …