Chelsea Symphony to Feature Rare Fernande Breilh-Decruck Work
The Chelsea Symphony (TCS), continues its 2018-2019 season reflecting on social action with a chamber concert series featuring two pieces written during world wars, including a rarely heard work for voice and orchestra by French and erstwhile New Yorker, Fernande Breilh-Decruck.French composer Fernande Breilh-Decruck's Cinq poèmes chrétiens (Five Christian Pieces) for voice and orchestra based on text by French poets was written and performed in 1944 occupied France while the composer was living in Paris. Decruck has special ties to The Chelsea Symphony -- she lived in the London Terrace apartments in Chelsea from 1928-1933, and TCS co-Artistic Director Matthew Aubin is the foremost scholar on Decruck and is leading the resurgent interest in her work. Joining TCS as soloist for the Decruck is mezzo-soprano Kate Maroney, recognized by The New York Times for her "vibrant and colorful" singing. Finishing both evenings of the March concerts is Ravel's Tombeau de Couperin, written as a set of Baroque-inspired pieces in memoriam for six friends who perished during World War I. The light-hearted nature of the work belies the somber inspiration. Ravel said of the work "the dead are sad enough, in their eternal silence." Friday evening's concert features the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with Stephen Lyons as soloists, and the World Premiere of Forever Melodies, Solo for Double Bass & Orchestraby TCS composer Benjamin Louis Brody for bassist Nicholas Lenchner. Saturday evening's concert features cellist Erich Schoen-René in the Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major. Both concerts open with Fascist Baby, a World Premiere by TCS composer Tim Kiah. Last season's concerts featured an Earth Day celebration performing John Luther Adams's Become Ocean under the whale in the American Museum of Natural History, which was hailed by Lucid Culture as an "epic, intense, mightily enveloping concert." The Chelsea Symphony is also known for their outreach concerts with the inmates at Rikers Island. TCS has performed as the whole orchestra and small wind or string ensembles to the facility and continues to engage with the inmates several times each year. Offering seven concert series from September 2018 through June 2019, each performance in The Chelsea Symphony's 2018/19 Resolution season features orchestral works with a focus on social action. Every concert by The Chelsea Symphony features soloists, composers, and conductors taken from the ensemble. This is a collective of New York City professional freelancers coming together to create meaningful, self-governed concerts-a unique model in the classical world. Premium unassigned seating in special reserved areas on sale now on Eventbrite! Limited day-of tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $20.