Clara Begins | Souvenir de Vienne
Jun
6
7:30 PM19:30

Clara Begins | Souvenir de Vienne

Day 1 of our 10 Festival days takes us on a trip to Vienna through Clara Schumann’s eyes and ears. The program also kicks off the official NYC opening of BTHVN on Tour, a world-wide touring exhibition previewing Beethoven’s 250th anniversary in 2020, mounted by the Beethoven-Haus Bonn and DHL Group. Clara Schumann was one of the most influential pianists who championed Beethoven in the 19th century, and the Festival is delighted to partner with Steinway Hall for an evening of music inspired by BTHVN on Tour.

This program features Festival debuts by the Eurus String Quartet, musicians from Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, and Chelsea Music Festival’s founding Ensemble-in-Residence, The Lee Trio.

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PROGRAM
Haydn String Quartet in C, Op. 76 No. 3, “Emperor” (1797)
Augusta Read Thomas Clara’s Ascent (2019)
Clara Schumann Impromptu in G Major, Op. 9, "Souvenir de Vienne" (1838)
Beethoven Piano Trio, Op. 11 “Gassenhauer” (1797)
Clara Schumann Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17 (1846)

Featuring
Violin | Minglun Liu, Yeajin Kim, Lisa Lee, Natsumi Tsuboi
Viola | Guanliang Zong
Cello | Brandon Xu, Angela Lee, Jonathan Butler
Piano | Andrea Lam, Melinda Lee Masur, Robert Fleitz


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10th Season Festival Gala— 200º due Clara
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

10th Season Festival Gala— 200º due Clara

Our 10th Season Festival Gala entitled 200° due Clara celebrates the impact of one of the most influential musical personalities of the last two hundred years. Clara Schumann navigated the role of female artistry to unprecedented heights in the 19th century and paved the way for those who followed. This program portrays Clara’s love for Bach, and for her husband Robert, and features new Festival Commissions by two of our Clara Schumann Ten composers, including the Festival’s very first Composer-in-Residence, Jane Antonia Cornish. Tonight marks a great celebration of our Festival history as well as a way to honor our 2019 protagonist, Clara Schumann.

For a taste of Jane Antonia Cornish’s breathtaking music, which will be given a World Premiere in this program, click here & here.

From World Music Report:“The music of Jane Antonia Cornish is a fabric woven by almost invisible – in her case – virtually inaudible notes and phrases, and when any sound is brought forth from the musicians mesmerised into playing her music, the sound is transcendent. Notes seem to dally in the air pregnant with silence. Phrases are strung together like necklaces of pearls magnificent in their crystalline polyphonic clarity.”

Curated Gala Reception by Culinary Artists-in-Residence Sawako Okochi and Aaron Israel

PROGRAM
Clara Schumann Scherzo No. 2 in C minor (1839)
Jane Antonia Cornish Seascapes (2019)
Bach Concerto for Two Keyboards in C Major, BWV 1061 (1734)
Aigerim Seilova Liebeslieder (2019)
Robert Schumann Piano Quartet in Eb Major, Op. 47 (1842)

Featuring
Piano | Melinda Lee Masur, Andrea Lam, Robert Fleitz, Katsura Tanikawa
Soprano | Marisa Karchin
Flute | Xue Su
Clarinet | Yumi Ito
Violin | Chloe Fedor, Natsumi Tsuboi, Ryosuke Suho, Hasse Borup, Chloe Kiffer, Soo Yeon Kim, Mariella Haubs, Jocelyn Zhu, Minglun Liu, Yeajin Kim, Lisa Lee
Viola | Maiko Takimoto, Jeremy Kienbaum, Jesus Rodolfo, Vladimir Babeshko, Guanliang Zong
Cello | Jonathan Butler, Angela Lee, Brandon Xu
Double Bass | Mariya Andonova, Kaden Henderson
Electric Bass Guitar | Kaden Henderson
Conductor | Ken-David Masur

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Family Event | I Can See Clara Now
Jun
8
10:30 AM10:30

Family Event | I Can See Clara Now

The first in our popular Family Event series invites audiences young and old to hear, taste and see the world of Clara Schumann. From the music as it would have been performed in the Schumann household, to culinary encounters with chefs, you’ll enter into the arts world of early 19th-century Leipzig. Imagine Clara practicing piano while the kids call for help on their cake projects, and Robert trying to write his string quartet in the study while Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn knock on the front door for a visit.

Bring your friends and family and join us in Clara’s world as we venture back to the Schumanns’ musical home— and kitchen!

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The Blue Sea Slumbers— Featuring GHOSTLIGHT
Jun
8
7:30 PM19:30

The Blue Sea Slumbers— Featuring GHOSTLIGHT

This evening’s works span over 500 years and highlight the great heritage of choral singing through the versatility of the GHOSTLIGHT Chorus. Rarities for mixed choir by Clara Schumann and Johannes Ockeghem are paired with J.S.Bach’s masterful motet for double chorus. GHOSTLIGHT then joins Festival musicians in Binna Kim’s Festival Commission stacked emotions and the World Premiere performance of Requiem by Kathryn Salfelder.  To get a taste of Salfelder’s incredible work, click here.
Ticket includes Late Night Jazz Concert.

Reception generously underwritten by Elizabeth & Stephen Thomson

PROGRAM
Clara Schumann Drei gemischte Chöre (1848)
Bach Fürchte Dich nicht, motet for two Choirs, BWV 228 (1726)
Binna Kim stacked emotions (2019)
Ockeghem Salve Regina
Kathryn Salfelder Requiem (2017)

Featuring
Choir | GHOSTLIGHT Chorus
Conductor | Evelyn Toester DeGraf, Ken-David Masur
Piano | Andrea Lam
Organ | Jacob Kruzansky
Violin | Natsumi Tsuboi, Ryosuke Suho, Hasse Borup, Chloe Kiffer, Soo Yeon Kim, Mariella Haubs, Jocelyn Zhu, Chloe Fedor
Viola | Maiko Takimoto, Vladimir Babeshko, Jeremy Kienbaum
Cello | Jonathan Butler, Angela Lee
Double Bass | Mariya Andonova, Kaden Henderson

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Late Night Jazz | Two Pianos Under One Roof
Jun
8
10:00 PM22:00

Late Night Jazz | Two Pianos Under One Roof

Join husband and wife pianists, Adam Birnbaum and Katsura Tanikawa, for a late night performance inspired by the intimate partnership and love between Robert & Clara Schumann. Program will include selections from Robert’s beloved Myrthen and Liebesfrühling song cycles, readings of entries from the Schumann marriage diary, as well as Adam & Katsura’s take on Clara’s Variations on Theme by Schumann, Op. 20.

Enjoy this video featuring the mesmerizing Adam Birnbaum working his magic on the piano!

Pre-concert reception generously underwritten by Elizabeth and Stephen Thomson

Featuring
Piano | Katsura Tanikawa and Adam Birnbaum
Soprano | Marisa Karchin
Baritone | Max Parsons
Reading | Lucy Shelton and Ken-David Masur

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Beethoven’s Piano and Scenes from Childhood
Jun
10
7:30 PM19:30

Beethoven’s Piano and Scenes from Childhood

This finissage for the NYC stop of BTHVN on Tour marks the final evening New York audiences can tour the exhibit as well as experience Beethoven’s piano, on view in North America for the first time. The program features music by two of the most important musical descendants of Beethoven, Clara and Robert Schumann, as well as Liliya Ugay’s 2019 Festival Commission entitled Scenes from Motherhood, inspired both by Robert Schumann’s iconic Scenes from Childhood and Ugay recently becoming a new mother.

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PROGRAM
Liliya Ugay
Scenes from Motherhood (2019)
Robert Schumann Kinderszenen (1838)
Clara Schumann Quatre pièces fugitives, Op.15 (1845)
Beethoven String Quartet in Bb Major, Op.18, No. 6 (1800)

Featuring
Piano | Andrea Lam, Robert Fleitz
Violin | Minglun Liu
Violin | Yeajin Kim
Viola | Guanliang Zong
Cello | Brandon Xu

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If You Love for Beauty
Jun
11
7:30 PM19:30

If You Love for Beauty

Celebrated sopranos Lucy Shelton and Marisa Karchin take us on an evening of poetry & music joined by Festival strings as well as all four 2019 pianists! Tonight’s highlights include a New York Premiere performance by Shulamit Ran, as well as three 2019 Festival Commissions by Helen Grime, Nicky Sohn and Helena Winkelman. Please click through the links to learn more about each of these brilliant female composers.

Click here for a sampling of Shulamit Ran’s music, which opens the night’s performance.

PROGRAM
Shulamit Ran Love's Call (2016)
Helena Winkelman Three Poems by Lucian Blaga (2019)
Helen Grime Sie liebten sich beide (2019)
Nicky Sohn If You Love For Beauty (2019)
& selected pieces and songs by Clara & Robert Schumann

Featuring
Piano | Andrea Lam, Robert Fleitz, Katsura Tanikawa, Melinda Lee Masur
Soprano | Lucy Shelton, Marisa Karchin
Violin | Helena Winkelman, Chloe Fedor, Yeajin Kim, Natsumi Tsuboi, Ryosuke Suho, Hasse Borup, Chloe Kiffer, Soo Yeon Kim, Mariella Haubs, Jocelyn Zhu, Minglun Liu
Viola | Maiko Takimoto, Jesus Rodolfo, Jeremy Kienbaum
Cello | Jonathan Butler, Angela Lee, Tatsuki Sasanuma
Double Bass | Mariya Andonova, Kaden Henderson
Conductor | Ken-David Masur

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Chelsea Farms to Table | The 2019 Family Dinner
Jun
12
5:00 PM17:00

Chelsea Farms to Table | The 2019 Family Dinner

For this year’s curated Festival Dinner, we have partnered with Outstanding in the Field, a roving culinary adventure, to create a one-night-only outdoor dinner held on the stunning grounds of The General Theological Seminary. Set between the soil and the sky, our guests will experience a thoughtful, three-course sit-down dinner designed to reconnect them to the land and the origins of their food, and to honor the local farmers and food artisans who cultivate it.

Beautifully resonating with Clara Schumann’s lifestyle of communal exchange and sharing, the Festival Dinner invites patrons to sit side-by-side with local foodies, winemakers, composers and musicians for a meal prepared by celebrated Chef Silvia Barban of LaRina Pastificio e Vino. We welcome you to join us for dinner under the skies in the heart of Chelsea’s Historic District before heading to the evening’s concert in the Seminary’s breathtaking chapel (concert included with dinner ticket).

Sponsored in part by Lauren & John Browning

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Clara and the Clear Skies
Jun
12
7:30 PM19:30

Clara and the Clear Skies

The General Theological Seminary Chapel acoustically thrives on music for voices and strings, and tonight’s performance showcases the hallowed space with our two Festival sopranos as well as string masterworks by Clara’s confidants and colleagues, Mendelssohn and Brahms. Guests will also witness the World Premiere performances of two 2019 Festival Commissions by Augusta Read Thomas and Santa Ratniece as they come and gather in this Manhattan oasis.

Click here to hear one of our Clara Schumann Ten composers, Augusta Read Thomas, who the New York Magazine describes as a “"a true virtuoso composer” discuss her process of composition and again here for a sampling of her bold, passionate music.

PROGRAM
Mendelssohn Four Pieces for String Quartet op.81 (1847)
Augusta Read Thomas Clara’s Ascent (2019)
Santa Ratniece "Leider liegt kaum Schnee" (“Sadly There’s Hardly Any Snow”) (2019)
Brahms String Quintet in G-Major, Op. 111 (1890)

Featuring
Soprano I | Marisa Karchin
Soprano II | Lucy Shelton
Violin | Minglun Liu, Yeajin Kim, Hasse Borup, Natsumi Tsuboi, Ryosuke Suho, Chloe Kiffer, Chloe Fedor, Soo Yeon Kim, Mariella Haubs, Jocelyn Zhu
Viola | Guanliang Zong, Jesus Rodolfo, Maiko Takimoto, Jeremy Kienbaum, Vladimir Babeshko
Cello | Brandon Xu, Angela Lee, Jonathan Butler, Tatsuki Sasanuma
Double Bass | Mariya Andonova, Kaden Henderson
Conductor | Ken-David Masur

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Vessels in Counterpoint
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

Vessels in Counterpoint

Join our 2019 Artist-in-Residence Julianne Swartz, Cellist Jonathan Butler, and Violinist Mariella Haubs for a unique collaborative performance activating Sounding Body/Listening Body, Swartz’s installation of sound-generating sculptural vessels, on view at High Line Nine. Swartz uses an electronic feedback process to draw out and modulate the resonant frequencies inherent in each ceramic and glass vessel.  Butler and Haubs will harmonize and follow these tones with their instruments, creating spatialized sound patterns in the gallery. In periodic counterpoint, they will also play select passages by Bach, creating a contemplative sound environment that slips in and out of melody.

Reception sponsored by Seed+Mill

Featuring
Visual Artist-in-Resident | Julianne Swartz
Violin | Mariella Haubs
Cello | Jonathan Butler

Image of Swartz above courtesy of Meghan Marchetti for the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU

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Illuminated Blue
Jun
14
7:30 PM19:30

Illuminated Blue

The Festival is delighted to partner with Hauser & Wirth for a performance inspired by the visual artwork of renowned artist Lorna Simpson. The event features composer Jessica Mays who has been commissioned by the Festival to create a musical suite for ensemble in response to Simpson’s work.  The night will also include selections by contemporary Icelandic Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, American icon Amy Beach, and 2019 honoree Clara Schumann.

Reception by Roth Bar to follow performance

PROGRAM
Anna Thorvaldsdottir “Illumine” for String Ensemble (2016)
Amy Beach String Quartet in One Movement (1929)
Clara Schumann/Aribert Reimann Three Songs for Soprano and String Quartet (2019)
Jessica Mays Out of Blue (2019)

Featuring
Violin | Chloe Fedor, Natsumi Tsuboi, Ryosuke Suho, Minglun Liu, Yeajin Kim, Chloe Kiffer, Soo Yeon Kim
Viola | Maiko Takimoto, Vladimir Babeshko, Guanliang Zong, Jesus Rodolfo
Cello | Tatsuki Sasanuma, Jonathan Butler, Brandon Xu, Angela Lee
Double Bass | Kaden Henderson, Mariya Andonova
Conductor | Ken-David Masur
Vocalists| Marisa Karchin, Jessica Mays
Flute | Xue Su
Clarinet | Nick Gallas
Keyboard | Jessica Mays
Guitar | Jessica Mays
Percussion | Rogerio Boccato

Image credit: Installation shot included above
© Lorna Simpson, Photo: Thomas Barratt

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Family Event | The Musical Gardener Invite
Jun
15
10:30 AM10:30

Family Event | The Musical Gardener Invite

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Did you know that the beauty of flowers has an actual scientific reason? Did you know that flowers work together in order to grow and thrive? Families at this event will learn about the power of complementary colors in a hands-on color experiment, the role of harmony in a musical performance and collaboration, and the ways that seemingly opposite tastes can combine to make something extra delicious. And as a special souvenir, children will even get to prepare their own special seed packets to take into the world to sow where they choose to spread beauty!

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Jazz Finale | Consider the Lillies with John & Sachi Patitucci and Friends
Jun
15
7:30 PM19:30

Jazz Finale | Consider the Lillies with John & Sachi Patitucci and Friends

Our Tenth Season Jazz Finale features an impressive line-up of Festival favorite collaborators from our popular Jazz series. The formidable bassist and composer, John Patitucci, who inaugurated the Chelsea Music Festival Jazz in 2011, will be joined by his wife & cellist Sachi Patitucci, pianists Helen Sung & Aaron Diehl, percussionist Rogerio Boccato as well as 2019 Festival guest artists. Join some of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music for a soulful and swingin’ evening to ring out the 2019 Festival!
Curated Gala Reception by Chefs Sawako Okochi and Aaron Israel

Featuring
Piano | Aaron Diehl
Piano | Helen Sung
Flute | Xue Su
Double Bass | John Patitucci
Drums | Rogerio Boccato
Cello | Sachi Patitucci
with Festival Strings and more!

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