The Chelsea Symphony Performs Lemmon, Saint-Sa ns, Colina, and Sibelius This Month
The Chelsea Symphony, featured in the Golden Globe-winning Amazon Originals show Mozart in the Jungle, announces the continuation of its 2017/18 season, entitled Sea Change, with concerts on January 26 and 27 featuring a World Premiere by Eric Lemmon, Camille Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3 featuring violinist Deborah Nixon (1/26 only), the World Premiere of Michael Colina's Isles of Shoals featuring flutist Michelle Stockman (1/27 only), and Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 5.
Watch flutist Michelle Stockman explain why she chose to perform Michael Colina's Isles of Shoals.
The Chelsea Symphony's 2017/18 season features orchestral works with a focus on nature and environmental stewardship.
Concerts in the 2017/18 season will be paired with a special curated nature walk run by Keith Michael, urban naturalist, of NYC Wild! January's walk takes place on Saturday, January 27 at Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, New York.
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.
Members of the Press are invited to an open rehearsal on Thursday, January 25th from 7-10pm at St. Paul's Church at 315 West 22nd Street. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org/520-977-7007 if you plan to attend.
Highlights of the 2017/18 Season include:
- Five World Premieres by emerging New York City composers
- Seventeen performances, each featuring The Chelsea Symphony musicians as soloists
- John Luther Adams' Become Ocean at the American Museum of Natural History on Earth Day (April 22, 2018)
- Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring
- Jean Sibelius' Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 82
- Ottorino Respighi's Pines of Rome
- Three outreach performances at Rikers Island as the first orchestra to perform in the facility in 2017
- Eric Lemmon, World Premiere TBA
- Camille Saint-Saëns, Violin Concerto No. 3, featuring violinist Deborah Nixon (1/26 only)
- Michael Colina, Isles of Shoals, featuring flutist Michelle Stockman (World Premiere, 1/27 only)
- Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 5
Reserved seating tickets for each concert can be purchased individually for $25. Pay-what-you-wish general admission tickets available at the door.
About The Chelsea Symphony
The Chelsea Symphony, hailed as an "enterprising group of young musicians" by Time Out, upends the traditional hierarchy of the classical orchestra: members rotate as featured soloists, conductors, and composers. The self-governing ensemble aims to be a cultural focus for Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood and to present vibrant concerts of inspiring symphonic music both old and new. In recent years, The Chelsea Symphony has expanded its reach with performances at Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Symphony Space, Bargemusic, the United Palace Theatre, and New York Fashion Week. In December 2014, The Chelsea Symphony performed at Alice Tully Hall for the premiere of the Golden Globe winning Amazon Original Series Mozart in the Jungle. Musicians from the orchestra can also be seen in the critically acclaimed series: seasons 1-3 are now available on Amazon.com and season 4 will be released on February 16. In the 2016-17 season, The Chelsea Symphony launched an ambitious outreach initiative in collaboration with the New York City Department of Correction, becoming the first orchestra to present programming at Rikers Island Correctional Facility.