seasonfinale2013posterThe Chelsea Symphony announces the finale of the orchestra’s seventh season with a performance on Saturday, June 1 at 7 p.m. at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025. The “Americana” themed program will feature works and a performance by acclaimed violinist and composer Mark O’Connor.

The concert will showcase the New York City premiere of O’Connor’s The Improvised Violin Concerto (2010), with the composer as the soloist. The piece, which draws on a wide range of classical, jazz, and folk traditions, is the first concerto to feature an entirely improvised solo part over a through-composed orchestral score. The program will also include O’Connor’s Americana Symphony (Variations on Appalachia Waltz) and Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town. The concert will be conducted by The Chelsea Symphony’s Artistic Directors, Matthew Aubin and Mark Seto, and the orchestra’s co-founder, Yaniv Segal.

Grammy Award-winning violinist and composer Mark O’Connor has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music—any music—today.” O’Connor’s vision for a new American classical music takes inspiration from the multitude of musical styles he has studied, from folk fiddling and jazz to the classical tradition. He is the author of the O’Connor Violin Method, a groundbreaking teaching system based entirely on American music.

The Chelsea Symphony, hailed as “a daring orchestral experiment” by Chelsea Now, continues to defy categorization. The young orchestra has recently expanded its reach in NYC with performances at Bargemusic, Fashion Week and Lincoln Center. Founded in November of 2005, it is a vibrant 50-piece orchestra whose members rotate as featured artists: conductors, composers or soloists. The organization aims to be a cultural focus for Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood and to present vibrant concerts of inspiring symphonic music both old and new.

Tickets are available from the Symphony Space box office ($45/$35/$25, with discounts for seniors, students and Symphony Space members).

http://www.symphonyspace.org/event/7876-the-chelsea-symphony-featuring-mark-oconnor

VENUE: Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street
Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 96th St. and Broadway; B, C to 96th St. and Central Park West

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