Festival Opening Night— There's No Holding Bach
Jun
8
7:30 PM19:30

Festival Opening Night— There's No Holding Bach

Sponsored by BMW North America, Official Vehicle of the 2018 Chelsea Music Festival

It’s been undeniable for generations since Mendelssohn’s revival almost 200 years ago: there’s no holding Bach. His music engages us in the most unexpected and profound ways. Any way you look at it—craftsmanship, harmonic unfolding, melodic beauty and intent—Bach’s legacy continues to affect the ways we hear and create music today.

The 2018 Chelsea Music Festival's Opening Night launches nine days of celebration around the 333rd birthday of J.S. Bach and his influence on generations of musicians, composers, thinkers, worshippers, artists & listeners. Alongside Bach‘s 5th Brandenburg Concerto, the program features reflections and arrangements on Bach by Sofia Gubaidulina and Max Reger, as well as original works by 2018 Composer-in-Residence Aaron Jay Kernis.

This evening’s concert concludes with a themed reception by Chef Eric Takahashi where audience members can mingle with Festival artists


PROGRAM

Bach/Tochio Allegro from Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971
Gubaidulina Reflections on B-A-C-H
Bach/Reger Prelude & Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543 for four hands
Kernis Superstar Etude No. 2
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050
Kernis Musica Celestis for string orchestra (1990)
Bach Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068

Featuring
Ensemble-in-Residence | Barkada Quartet
Composer-in-Residence | Aaron Jay Kernis
Flute | Kayla Burggraf
Violin | Nigel Armstrong, Elizabeth Beck, Nicholas DiEugenio, Chloe Fedor, Jonathan Ong, Evelyn Petcher, Dorothy Ro, Jocelyn Zhu
Viola | Will Frampton, Jeremy Kienbaum, Jesus Rodolfo Rodriguez, Abigail Rojansky
Cello | Jonathan Dormond, Christine Lamprea, Angela Lee, Joseph Lee
Double Bass | Mariya Andonova, Kaden Henderson, Luke Stence
Continuo | Robert Fleitz
Piano | Robert Fleitz, Andrea Lam, Melinda Lee Masur
Conductor | Ken-David Masur


 

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Family Event I— May the Fugue Be With You
Jun
9
10:30 AM10:30

Family Event I— May the Fugue Be With You

This first Family Event of 2018 features an exploration of one of the greatest composers of all time, J.S.Bach, and the power of music. Children and adults are invited to a morning of experiencing the undeniable force of Bach’s music through the ages. The program will explain a Fugue’s power as we encounter Bach’s mastery of Variation through food, art & sound!

Families will have a chance to meet our 2018 Culinary Artist-in-Residence, Chef Eric Takahashi, who is known for embracing a close relationship between garden and table. Kids will have the opportunity to get hands-on with ingredients to help Takahashi create a tasty snack and will also make food art inspired by the work of our 2018 Visual Artist-in-Residence, Amy Pleasant!

Featuring
Chef Eric Takahashi
& Festival Artists

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333 Minutes of Bach— Master of the Banquet
Jun
9
6:00 PM18:00

333 Minutes of Bach— Master of the Banquet

6:00pm Part 1— Master of Keys
7:00pm Part 2— Master of Variation
8:00pm Part 3— Master of Dance
9:00pm Part 4— Master of Musical Debate
10:00pm Part 5— Master of Voices | Bach Trinity Cantatas I
11-11:33pm Part 6— Master of Transformation with the Rogerio Boccato Ensemble

This evening features 333 Minutes of Bach‘s music including keyboard works, concertos & cantatas, as well as original arrangements & compositions of composers who continue to draw inspiration from Bach, including Kurtag, Gleichauf, Sitkovetsky, & the Barkada Quartet. Composer Eric Nathan’s two suites for orchestra, Dancing with J.S. Bach I and II, will be given their NY Premiere and World Premiere performances, and the evening also features an original cadenza written by 2018 Composer-in-Residence Aaron Jay Kernis for the performance of Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. Festival favorite and master of percussion, Rogerio Boccato, rings out the night with his stellar ensemble and rhythms and their take on Bach.  

Tastings by Chef Eric Takahashi & Chef Daniela Gutstadt will be available for sale; one drink from Festival Bar included with each ticket


PROGRAM

Bach Selected Two-Part Inventions & Three-Part Sinfonias
Rochberg “Nach Bach” for Harpsichord
Auznieks Pathmarks for solo piano
Bach/Kurtag Selected Chorales for four hands
Bach/Sitkovetsky Goldberg Variations for String Trio
Nathan Dancing With J.S. Bach I (2012), New York Premiere
Nathan Dancing with J.S. Bach II (2018), World Premiere
Bach “Triple” Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1044
Bach Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043
Bach/Kernis Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
Bach Cantatas
Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 33
Wer Dank opfert, der preiset mich, BWV 17

Featuring
Ensemble-in-Residence | Barkada Quartet
Composers | Krists Auznieks, Aaron Jay Kernis, Eric Nathan
Soprano | Marisa Karchin
Tenor | Chris Sokolowski
Bass | Mark Uhlemann
Trumpet | Caleb Hudson
Flute | Kayla Burggraf
Oboe | Amanda Hardy, Catherine Weinfield
Bassoon | Jay Rauch
Violin | Nigel Armstrong, Elizabeth Beck, Nicholas DiEugenio, Chloe Fedor, Jonathan Ong, Evelyn Petcher, Dorothy Ro, Jocelyn Zhu
Viola | Will Frampton, Jeremy Kienbaum, Jesus Rodolfo Rodriguez, Abigail Rojansky
Cello | Jonathan Dormond, Christine Lamprea, Angela Lee, Joseph Lee
Double Bass | Mariya Andonova, Kaden Henderson, Luke Stence
Toy Piano, Harpsichord | Robert Fleitz
Piano | Robert Fleitz, Andrea Lam, Melinda Lee Masur
Chelsea Music Festival Chamber Choir & Festival Artists
Conductors | Ken-David Masur, Ronnie Oliver Jr.


Master of Transformation with the Rogerio Boccato Ensemble

Featuring
Percussion & Compositions | Rogerio Boccato
Percussion | Keita Ogawa
Analog Synths & Vibes | James Shipp
Sound Design | Daniel Boccato

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Kaffeekantate | Coffeecantaste— Bach @Counter Culture Coffee
Jun
10
4:00 PM16:00

Kaffeekantate | Coffeecantaste— Bach @Counter Culture Coffee

An afternoon of forbidden aromas in collaboration with Counter Culture Coffee in SoHo
 

Come and experience Bach’s observations on 18th-century coffee culture in Leipzig, as you enjoy a coffee-tasting and demonstration on how to enjoy modern-day coffee nearly 300 years later in the great city of New York


PROGRAM

Bach  Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Coffee Cantata), BWV 211

Featuring
Ensemble-in-Residence | Barkada Quartet
Chelsea Music Festival Chamber Choir & Festival Artists
Tenor | Chris Sokolowski
Bass | Mark Uhlemann
Soprano | Marisa Karchin
Flute | Kayla Burggraf
Bassoon | Jay Rauch
Oboe | Amanda Hardy, Catherine Weinfield
Violin | Nigel Armstrong, Elizabeth Beck, Chloe Fedor, Evelyn Petcher, Jocelyn Zhu
Viola | Will Frampton, Jeremy Kienbaum, Jesus Rodolfo Rodriguez
Harpsichord | Robert Fleitz
Conductor | Ken-David Masur

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Rejoice Greatly, O my Soul— Bach Trinity Cantatas II
Jun
11
7:30 PM19:30

Rejoice Greatly, O my Soul— Bach Trinity Cantatas II

5:30pm— Amy Pleasant Art Exhibition Opening Reception
6:30pm— Festival Talks I | Pleasant Variations
7:30pm— Performance

The second concert in our series of Bach’s Trinity Cantatas features Canadian Brass trumpet virtuoso Caleb Hudson on the majestic obligato parts. Both Cantatas are paired with new works by Nicolas Namoradze and 2018 Composer-in-Residence Aaron Jay Kernis, transforming some of Bach’s favored dance forms: the stately Chaconne and the upbeat Courante.

Namoradze’s Corrente is an original Chelsea Music Festival commission for triple quartet: the saxophone, string and vocal quartets.

Click here to see a previous Chelsea Music Festival performance of Bach featuring Caleb Hudson on trumpet.


ART EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION

Join us at an opening reception for Keeping Time, an exhibition featuring artwork by our 2018 Visual Artist-in-Residence & 2018 Guggenheim Fellow Amy Pleasant. The artist will be present at the opening of the exhibition, which will remain on view through Wednesday, June 13.

To see more of Amy's artwork, click here.


FESTIVAL TALK— Pleasant Variations

Enjoy an up-close & personal conversation with Amy Pleasant discussing her work as a part of our Festival Talks series.  


PROGRAM

Namoradze Corrente (2018), World Premiere
Bach Die Elenden sollen essen, daß sie satt werden, BWV 75
Kernis Perpetual Chaconne (2012)
Bach Wachet! betet! betet! Wachet!, BWV 70

Featuring
Trumpet | Caleb Hudson
Composer | Aaron Jay Kernis
Ensembles | Barkada Quartet, Verona Quartet
Soprano | Marisa Karchin
Tenor | Chris Sokolowski
Baritone | Mark Uhlemann
Chelsea Music Festival Chamber Choir & Festival Artists
Clarinet | Danny Goldman
Oboe | Amanda Hardy, Catherine Weinfield
Bassoon | Jay Rauch
Conductors | Ken-David Masur, Ronnie Oliver, Jr.

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Walking Tour I | Master of Variation
Jun
12
4:30 PM16:30

Walking Tour I | Master of Variation

Join us for an afternoon guided tour of art galleries whose exhibitions touch upon the Festival theme of Variation.

The tour starts at St. Peter's Episcopal Church where our Ensemble-in-Residence, Barkada Quartet, will perform a Bach chorale before our Visual Artist-in-Residence Amy Pleasant will walk us through her exhibition on site at the church. Participants will then be guided through a curated selection of Chelsea Art Galleries, strolling through the neighborhood before returning to St. Peter’s, where they will enjoy a tasty Cashewtopia Gelato treat from local NY favorite, Organic Nectars!

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Dances to Eternity— Bach Trinity Cantatas III
Jun
12
7:30 PM19:30

Dances to Eternity— Bach Trinity Cantatas III

6:30pm— Festival Talks II | From First Date to Last Note
7:30pm— Performance

This evening features four works that build from Bach’s elegant & spirited 5th French Suite for solo piano to full ensemble in Bach’s towering Trinity Cantata BWV 20 of 1724, Bach’s first season as Cantor in Leipzig. At the center of the program are two works by Composer-in-Residence Aaron Jay Kernis featuring a NY premiere performance of First Club Date with cellist Matt Haimovitz, as well as Effortlessly, Love Flows performed by Ronnie Oliver Jr. and the Chelsea Music Festival Chamber Choir.


FESTIVAL TALKS II | From First Date to Last Note

Come early to enjoy a conversation about the process of creation, from the first impression to final iteration. Joined by 2018 Composer-in-Residence Aaron Jay Kernis, musicians Matt Haimovitz & Andrea Lam and hosted by Artistic Directors Melinda Lee Masur and Ken-David Masur.

This evening’s reception by German House Restaurant is sponsored by the German International School New York


PROGRAM

Bach French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV816
Kernis First Club Date (2017), New York Premiere
Kernis Effortlessly, Love Flows
Bach O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 20

Featuring
Composer-in-Residence | Aaron Jay Kernis
Cello | Matt Haimovitz
Piano | Andrea Lam
Soprano | Marisa Karchin
Tenor | Chris Sokolowski
Baritone | Mark Uhlemann
Flute | Kayla Burggraf
Trumpet | Caleb Hudson
Oboe | Amanda Hardy, Catherine Weinfeld, Phillip Rashkin
Bassoon | Jay Rauch
Chelsea Music Festival Chamber Choir & Festival Artists
Conductors | Ken-David Masur, Ronnie Oliver, Jr.

Haimovitz photo credit: Brent Calis

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Walking Tour II | Master of Adoration
Jun
13
4:30 PM16:30

Walking Tour II | Master of Adoration

Join us for an afternoon guided tour of historic neighborhood churches as we explore the Festival theme of Adoration.

Led by the President of Save Chelsea & neighborhood aficionado, Laurence Frommer, this tour gives participants a chance to explore inside and around the churches featured in this year’s Festival. Beginning at St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church, our dynamic Ensemble-in-Residence Barkada Quartet will open the walk by performing some Bach chorales as part of our 333Chorale Project. From there, walkers will be led to the General Theological Seminary where they will be granted an exclusive tour of the grounds and a peek into cellist Matt Haimovitz’s rehearsal. The tour ends at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church founded in 1831. A gelato treat by local NY favorite Cashewtopia of Organic Nectars will top off the Walk.

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Curtain-Raisers to Bach's Cello
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

Curtain-Raisers to Bach's Cello

Join us for a night on the gorgeous grounds of the General Theological Seminary, where Matt Haimovitz will present new works for solo cello as overtures to Bach's monumental Cello Suites.

Click here to see Haimovitz playing Bach‘s G Major Cello Suite, BWV 1007

Outdoor Intermission reception by Gelato Giusto 


PROGRAM

Bach Chorale
Glass Overture (2015)
Bach Prélude from Suite I in G Major, BWV 1007
Du Yun The Veronica (2015)
Bach Prélude from Suite II in D Minor, BWV 1008
Sanford Es War (2016) (New York Premiere)
Bach Prélude from Suite V in C Minor, BWV 1011
Iyer Run (2015)
Bach Suite III in C Major, BWV 1009

Featuring
Cello | Matt Haimovitz
& Festival Cellists Christine Lamprea, Angela Lee, Joseph Lee


Haimovitz photo credit: Brent Calis

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Rogerio Boccato Quarteto
Jun
14
7:30 PM19:30

Rogerio Boccato Quarteto


Fresh off of the release of their album 'No Old Rain,’ The Rogerio Boccato Quarteto bring their signature sound fusing Bossa Nova & Jazz to the Festival for a night at Chelsea’s Norwood Club.  

‘No Old Rain’ focuses on gems of Brazilian music excavated from the source - written by four of the greatest composers of the post-Bossa Nova generation, who took Brazilian music into new directions: Toninho Horta, Milton Nascimento, Egberto Gismonti and Edu Lobo. Just as their music could only have come from Brazil in the late 20th century, ‘No Old Rain’ is the seemingly inevitable result of Rogério Boccato’s 13 years in New York.

Click here to see a previous performance by the Quarteto & here for a teaser of the album!

Featuring
Saxophones | Dan Blake
Piano | Nando Michelin
Double Bass | Matt Clohesy
Drums, Percussion | Rogerio Boccato

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And All That Bach— The Adam Birnbaum Trio
Jun
14
9:30 PM21:30

And All That Bach— The Adam Birnbaum Trio

Soulful jazz pianist and Festival favorite Adam Birnbaum returns this year with new jazz arrangements of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, created especially for the Chelsea Music Festival celebration of Bach333. Together with his Trio and special guest artists, he will treat us to his own transformations ranging from Bach’s well-known keyboard works to his chorales and more.

Click here for a previous Bach interpretation by Birnbaum from the 2015 Chelsea Music Festival

Featuring
The Adam Birnbaum Trio
Piano | Adam Birnbaum
Bass | Matt Clohesy
Percussion | Keita Ogawa

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Walking Tour III & Festival Talks III— Master of Transformation at Washington Mews
Jun
15
4:30 PM16:30

Walking Tour III & Festival Talks III— Master of Transformation at Washington Mews

4:30pm— Walking Tour III | Master of Transformation at Washington Mews
5:00pm— Festival Talks III - Variation, Improvisation & Poetry

Join us for an afternoon guided tour as we explore the Festival theme of Transformation

Get an insider's view of this little-known Greenwich Village gem, Deutsches Haus at NYU. Walking through this courtyard feels like a journey back in time, as a gorgeously preserved site to promote German culture and a slower rhythm of NYC living. Enjoy listening to chorales and learning about this amazing corner of New York.


FESTIVAL TALKS III | Variation, Improvisation & Poetry

Following the walking tour, this evening features our final Festival Talks Panel on Variation, Improvisation & Poetry including jazz pianist Helen Sung, poet Dana Gioia, & curator Regula Rüegg led by Artistic Directors Melinda Lee Masur & Ken-David Masur.  After the tour, stick around for a light reception and a Deutsches Haus Art Exhibition.

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Four Golden Reeds— If Bach had known the Saxophone
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

Four Golden Reeds— If Bach had known the Saxophone

  • Chelsea Market | Chelsea Local (downstairs) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The dynamic, virtuosic Barkada Quartet is not to be missed in this year’s annual Carte Blanche event! Our 2018 Ensemble-in-Residence is the first saxophone quartet to win the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition’s coveted Grand Prize and will create a program that highlights its take on the Festival theme, BACH333. Join them as they take you on a musical journey in Chelsea Market, a neighborhood favorite and one of the greatest urban food halls of the world.

Featuring
Soprano Saxophone | Christopher Elchico
Alto Saxophone | Shane Rathburn
Tenor Saxophone | Perry Roth
Baritone Saxophone | Justin Polyblank
Vocalist | Kevin de Benedictis

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Aaron Diehl Quartet— Blues on Bach
Jun
15
9:30 PM21:30

Aaron Diehl Quartet— Blues on Bach

Aaron Diehl is one of the most sought-after jazz virtuosos, consistently playing with what The New York Times describes as “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint.” His meticulously thought-out performances are a leading force in today’s generation of jazz contemporaries, spearheading a distinct union of traditional and fresh artistry.

The Festival is thrilled to bring back Aaron for a night featuring his own take on “Blues on Bach,” the celebrated 1973 album by the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Evening reception by Chef Daniela Gutstadt to follow concert

Featuring
Piano | Aaron Diehl
Vibraphone | Warren Wolf
Double Bass | David Wong
Drums | Pete Van Nostrand

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Family Event II— To Infinity and Bach
Jun
16
10:30 AM10:30

Family Event II— To Infinity and Bach

  • St. Paul's German Lutheran Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for family fun where children will explore poetry through food, art & song! Legendary poet Dana Gioia will be making a special appearance to show how poetry weaves itself to everything, from the music of Bach to the improvisation of jazz masters like Helen Sung. Through art and hands-on music-making, children will have the chance to create and interact with poetry. They will also learn to make a popular treat from Bach’s time! A morning for the whole family to enjoy.  

Featuring
Poet  | Dana Gioia
Jazz Pianist | Helen Sung
Chef | Daniela Gutstadt

 

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The Poetry of Jazz— Helen Sung with Words of Bach and Gioia
Jun
16
8:00 PM20:00

The Poetry of Jazz— Helen Sung with Words of Bach and Gioia

“What stands out most … is not only Helen Sung’s fluid and imaginative piano playing but her awe-inspiring talent as a truly unique composer and arranger. Her music is adventurous, personal, and a powerful force to be reckoned with in the jazz world.” —International Review of Music

For our Festival Finale, we are delighted to present a night with Helen Sung who will not only treat audiences to her original arrangements of Bach, but will also perform Sung with Words, a jazz song cycle created in collaboration with distinguished poet Dana Gioia.  

Click here for a video of Helen discussing this exciting new collaborative project.

Following the concert, join us for a Curated Finale Reception by Chef Daniela Gutstadt and enjoy a chance to mingle with artists & chefs as we ring out the 2018 Festival!

Featuring
Poet | Dana Gioia
Piano | Helen Sung

Image of Dana Gioia credit : John Burgess / The Press Democrat

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