This is an exciting time for all of us at The Chelsea Symphony. In the past year, our orchestra has grown in ways we could hardly have imagined when we started out with TCS: we had debut performances at Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space, and St. Peter’s Church, and collaborated with a fascinating range of artists, from children’s entertainer Gustafer Yellowgold and visual artist Ejay Weiss to Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch.
We aren’t content to dwell on the past, though. That is why we are thrilled to introduce The Chelsea Symphony’s seventh season, Timeless Passages. Our concerts this year will celebrate music that transcends the boundaries of time—both in its enduring appeal from generation to generation, and by engaging with musical traditions across the centuries. We will perform Hindemith’s twentieth-century showpiece Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber alongside the seldom heard Romantic work that inspired its composition, and we will feature works by Brahms, Shostakovich, Ravel, and Strauss that harken back to the grand traditions of the eighteenth century. At the same time, our season will be firmly rooted in the here and now, with five world premieres written especially for TCS.
The 2012-2013 season will feature several additional highlights. In October, we will welcome several guests to the podium as we undertake a search for a new conductor to join our roster. Our holiday concert in December will feature a surprise narrator for our annual performance of Aaron Dai’s The Night Before Christmas. The season comes to a close in June with a gala performance at Symphony Space featuring world-renowned violinist and composer Mark O’Connor. As always, performances will feature TCS musicians as conductors, soloists, and composers. There will be ample opportunities throughout the season to meet and support the orchestra at our post-concert receptions and annual silent auction.
We appreciate your support and hope you join us often for what promises to be a great season!