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Festival Opening Night Gala: The Elements of Gravity

  • Canoe Studios 601 West 26th Street New York, NY, 10001 United States (map)

Sponsored by BMW of North America, Official Vehicle of the 2016 Chelsea Music Festival

This evening showcases artwork by Visual Artist-in-Residence Lukas Birk whose site-specific installation will be on display at Canoe Studios June 10-11. The concert program features Septet for Trumpet by Saint-Saens, The Sebastians, Composer-in-Residence Michael Gandolfi’s “Garden of the Senses Suite” & Elgar’s Piano Quintet in A minor (please see full Program below).

A curated gala reception by Culinary Artist-in-Residence Chef Timothy McGrath will follow the concert (Menu below)

Performance: 7:30-9:15 PM
Gala Reception: 9:30-10:30 PM


Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) Septet for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings, Op.65

Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747)  Les élémens “Le Chaos” (1737) 

Michael Gandolfi (b.1956) Garden of the Senses Suite from Garden of Cosmic Speculation*+ (2007)

Edward Elgar (1857-1934) Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84 (1918) 

Performers Include:                                             

Violin | Jonathan Ong, Fanny Clamagirand, Dorothy Ro, Lisa Lee, Nicholas DiEugenio, Amy Galluzzo, Natalie Kress, Alex Shiozaki
Viola | Abigail Rojansky, Jesus Rodolfo Rodriguez
Cello | Warren Hagerty, Angela Lee, Ezra Seltzer, Caleb van der Swaagh
Bass | Dominik Wagner, Milad Daniari
Flute/Piccolo | Kayla Burggraf, Xue Su
Oboe | Amanda Hardy
Clarinet | Vera Karner
Bassoon | Taylor Smith
Horn | Patrick Furlo
Trombone | Joël Vaïsse
Trumpet | Caleb Hudson                 
Harp | Mélanie Genin
Harpsichord | Jeffrey Grossman
Piano | Melinda Lee Masur, Helen Huang
Percussion | Frédérick Lombart, Kyle Maxwell-Doherty
Conductor | Ken-David Masur

* World Premiere Performance
++ Commissioned Arrangement for the 2016 Chelsea Music Festival

Culinary Gala Reception by Chef Timothy McGrath
A century pear, smoked salmon spiced pecan served in two colored Belgian endive leaves
Jellied hard cider
With a confetti of apples served in Chinese soup spoons
Three Flavor Soup Shots ~ Gravity determines the layers
Curried Apple
Meyer Lemon-Melon
Minted Watermelon
Green Cili Corn cakes (bite size) 
Achiote Grilled Chicken Breast (small slice)
Ancho Chili Cream-Cilantro
Macadamia Kahlua Fudge Brownies
**Reception includes Open Wine and Beer bar for all guests