Festival Opening Night Gala | The Joy of Keeping Time
Jun
9
7:30 pm19:30

Festival Opening Night Gala | The Joy of Keeping Time

  • St. Paul's German Lutheran Church

The 2017 Festival Opening Night Gala kicks off this year’s exploration of the theme Measuring Time with music celebrating the 250th anniversary of Telemann, Ludwig van Beethoven’s relationship with the metronome, and Clockwork by this year’s Composer-in-Residence Sebastian Currier. The Gala will come to a thrilling end with 2017 Festival Ensemble-in-Residence, the Verona Quartet, joined by Melinda Lee Masur on piano in a musical journey through the history of time-keeping in Clocks by Miguel del Aguila. Curated Gala Reception to follow the concert.

Curated Gala Reception to follow the concert.


PROGRAM

Telemann Sinfonia in D major, TWV 44:1 for String Orchestra
Beethoven Romance No. 2 in F Major, Op. 50
Currier Clockwork (1989) 
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 22 in F Major, Op. 54
del Águila Clocks, Op. 58 for Piano and String Quartet (1998) (New York Premiere)


Beethoven All Night
Jun
10
6:00 pm18:00

Beethoven All Night

  • St. Paul's German Lutheran Church

Ludwig van Beethoven’s impact on all of our lives, regardless of background, is tremendous. From descriptors such as “revolutionary,” “romantic” or “madman,” his life and music continue to fascinate, puzzle and mesmerize those who encounter it. This evening, from 6pm until midnight, experience a multi-faceted exploration on Beethoven.  Through music, food, visual art and talks, we focus on his obsession with the metronome and mission to understand the pulse of time.


6:00pm— Dinner
6:30pm— Festival Talks | 
Beethoven’s Impact on Keeping Time
7:30pm— Musical Performance and Panel Discussion | 
What’s the Tempo, Ludwig! 
10:00— Late Night |
Beethoven’s Groove— Late Night Jazz with Helen Sung


FESTIVAL TALKS

Presented in partnership with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn and featuring the first appearance to New York audiences of Beethoven-authority Jan Caeyers, this year’s first installment of Festival Talks will give insight into Beethoven’s world and his encounters during the dawn of the metronome. An esteemed panel of artists will come together, including 2017 Festival Composer-in-Residence Sebastian Currier, American violin-piano duo Nicholas DiEugenio and Mimi Solomon, Jazz pianist and composer Helen Sung, Festival Artistic Directors Ken-David & Melinda Lee Masur as well as members the Verona Quartet.


PROGRAM

Beethoven
Piano Trio Op. 1, No. 1 in E-Flat Major
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 10, Op. 96 in G Major

Tonia Ko
Tribute (Axis II) (2016), New York Premiere

Beethoven
String Quartet, Op. 18 No. 4 in C minor



LATE NIGHT

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Beethoven’s Groove - Late Night Jazz with Helen Sung

Beethoven’s Groove— Late Night Jazz with Helen Sung
Jun
10
10:00 pm22:00

Beethoven’s Groove— Late Night Jazz with Helen Sung

  • St. Paul's German Lutheran Church

A late night jazz event featuring Helen Sung and special guests in her original takes on Telemann, Beethoven and Time


For musicians of all genres, time is a key element, affecting every part of the musical experience - tempo, pacing, energy, mood, momentum, etc. Jazz musicians think a lot about "time" in terms of the groove (swing), and as a classical pianist who transitioned to Jazz, practicing with a metronome was a big part of how I learned to swing. I'm excited to explore Beethoven through my now more seasoned Jazz perspective - to share my personal take on Beethoven's "groove."

-Helen Sung


Featuring

Piano | Helen Sung
Bass | Boris Kozlov

Next Atlantis | Civilizations Between Heaven and Earth
Jun
12
6:30 pm18:30

Next Atlantis | Civilizations Between Heaven and Earth

  • Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò at NYU

This evening’s concert features works that explore structural and architectural variations, from music to buildings and eventually civilizations, meeting their ultimate purpose. The great Italian composer Corelli is one of hundreds of composers over the centuries to explore the construct of the famous 16 measures of La Folia. In an arrangement by legendary violinist Fritz Kreisler, Austrian rising star Filip Pogady will open this evening’s program. Sebastian Currier’s Next Atlantis mixes recorded sounds of water with sound waves of a string quartet in tandem with visually striking videography by collaborative artist Pawel Wojtasik. The evening concludes with one of Olivier Messiaen’s defining compositions based on the Book of Revelation entitled “Quatuor pour la fin du temps” or Quartet for the End of Time.


6:30— Art Exhibition Opening

7:00— Musical Performance with Reception to follow


PROGRAM

Corelli/Kreisler La Folia for violin and piano
Currier Next Atlantis (2008)
Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time


Quiet Time
Jun
13
7:30 pm19:30

Quiet Time

  • General Theological Seminary

Held on the beautiful grounds of the General Theological Seminary, this evening’s concert features works that explore the communicative spectrum of four protagonists in dialogue with one another and their surrounding. The program features a string quartet by 2017 Festival Composer-in-Residence Sebastian Currier performed by the Verona Quartet, Telemann’s striking concerto for four violins and orchestra and concludes with four violin virtuosos from this year’s Festival leading audiences through the annual passage of time through Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.


PROGRAM

Telemann Concerto for 4 Violins in A Major, TWV 54:A1
Currier Quiet Time (2004)
Vivaldi  Four Seasons


Vehicles of Time | Cage, Van & a Firebird
Jun
14
6:00 pm18:00

Vehicles of Time | Cage, Van & a Firebird

  • Deutsches Haus at NYU

This evening’s event will include a panel and performance of Beethoven’s beloved Spring Sonata, John Cage’s Four for string quartet and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite arranged for piano trio by the great pianist Stephen Prutsman. Artistic Directors Ken-David & Melinda Lee Masur will lead a panel to include visual artists from the Measuring Time exhibit, Festival Lecturer Jan Caeyers and Festival musicians exploring how time and story are transported through music.


6:00— Art Exhibition Opening

7:00— Musical Performance and Panel Discussion on Measuring Time


ART EXHIBITION

Arts and Friends Deutsches Haus@NYU2017: Measuring Time features artwork in a wide range of mediums by Bill Beirne, Alexander Hahn, Harry Newman, Regula Rüegg, Silvelin von Scanzoni, and Ursula Schneider.  The art included in this exhibition explores various angles of “measuring time” including rhythm, memory, decay, waiting, and aging.  


PROGRAM

Beethoven Violin Sonata No. 5, Op. 24 in F Major
Cage Four
Stravinsky/Prustman Firebird Suite for piano trio


Carte Blanche to the Verona Quartet
Jun
16
6:45 pm18:45

Carte Blanche to the Verona Quartet

  • St. Paul's German Lutheran Church

The Festival’s annual Carte Blanche event allows the 2017 Ensemble-in-Residence full artistic freedom in creating a program that highlights its reflection on the Festival theme, “Measuring Time.”

At the center of the program is the World Premiere performance of a string quartet from Etudes & Lullabies by Composer-in-Residence Sebastian Currier, commissioned by the Chelsea Music Festival as part of a world-wide, multi-year commissioning project. The string quartets of Maurice Ravel and Ludwig van Beethoven that flank the premiere, are milestones in the string quartet repertoire composed at opposite ends of the 19th century. A curated reception will follow the performance.


6:45— Lecture by Michael Shadlen, MD, PhD, Professor of NeuroScience, Columbia University

7:30— Musical Performance


PROGRAM

Ravel String Quartet in F Major 
Currier Etude: Interactions and Lullaby: Pulsing (World Premiere)
Beethoven Op. 131


Featuring

Ensemble-In-Residence | Verona Quartet

Family Event | Measuring Time
Jun
17
10:30 am10:30

Family Event | Measuring Time

  • St. Paul's German Lutheran Church

From the sun dial to the metronome to a photograph, humans have tried to finds ways to measure and capture time. Children and their parents will have a chance to learn from our 2017 Visual Artist-in-Residence, filmmaker Jonathan Rattner, to discuss their ideas and questions about time through the lens of a camera. Come and explore time through music, art and food!


Featuring

Visual Artist-in-Residence | Jonathan Rattner

Festival Jazz Finale with pianists Adam Birnbaum and Aaron Diehl
Jun
17
7:30 pm19:30

Festival Jazz Finale with pianists Adam Birnbaum and Aaron Diehl

  • St. Paul's German Lutheran Church

Jazz pianists Aaron Diehl and Adam Birnbaum share the stage for the first time in New York for this special event featuring original music and arrangements for our celebrated Jazz Finale of the Chelsea Music Festival. Sit back and enjoy takes on Beethoven, Telemann as well as a musical encounter between Jelly Roll Morton and George Gershwin. Curated reception to follow the performance.


Featuring

Piano | Aaron Diehl, Adam Birnbaum
Drums | Quincy Davis





*ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE