The Chelsea Music Festival returns June 10-18, 2016 for its 7th season featuring leading musicians and exciting newcomers in the performing, culinary and visual arts. This year, the Festival celebrates “Gravity 350” in honor of Newton’s enlightening encounter with a falling apple 350 years ago.

Audiences will have a chance to hear, taste, see at over two dozen events taking place in a wide range of venues throughout the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. There is something for everyone -- evening concerts with music ranging from Classical to Jazz, Late Night events, daytime Open-Air events and Saturday morning Family Events. The Festival will present world and New York premieres by composers Michael Gandolfi, Nicolas Namoradze, Edmund Finnis, J.P. Redmond, jazz virtuoso and composer Aaron Diehl, and Grammy-nominated keyboardist Scott Healy with his band.


2016 Artists-in-Residence

  • Dominik Wagner, Artist-in-Residence
  • Michael Gandolfi, Composer-in-Residence
  • Timothy McGrath, Culinary Artist-in-Residence
  • Lukas Birk, Visual Artist-in-Residence

The Festival has assembled a noteworthy roster of artists featuring double-bassist Dominik Wagner from the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation as well as clarinetist Vera Karner, in a Carte Blanche concert. Multi-media artist Lukas Birk joins this year as the Visual Artist-in-Residence. Returning artists include violinist Fanny Clamagirand, organist Stephen Tharp, and jazz pianist Adam Birnbaum.

From Lukas Birk’s Polaroids from the Middle Kingdom showing the "instant nostalgia" of contemporary China on expired Polaroid film, 2008–2010

From Lukas Birk’s Polaroids from the Middle Kingdom showing the "instant nostalgia" of contemporary China on expired Polaroid film, 2008–2010