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Festival Opening Night— The Joy of Keeping Time

  • St. Paul's German Lutheran Church 315 West 22nd Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

Sponsored by BMW North America, Official Vehicle of the 2017 Chelsea Music Festival

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 by Chef Tessa Liebman to follow the concert.


Telemann Sinfonia in D major for String Orchestra, TWV 44:1
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)


Composer-in-Residence | Sebastian Currier
Ensemble-in-Residence | Verona Quartet
Violin | Fanny Clamagirand, Chloe Fedor, Nicholas DiEugenio, Letitia Jap, Lisa Lee, Jonathan Ong, Filip Pogády, Dorothy Ro
Viola | Jesus Rodolfo RodriguezAbigail Rojansky
Cello | Warren Hagerty, Angela LeeCaleb van der Swaagh
Double Bass | Lizzie Burns
Harpsichord | Robert Fleitz
Piano | Peter Fancovic, Robert FleitzMelinda Lee MasurNicolas Namoradze
Conductor | Ken-David Masur