Chelsea Music Festival 2018 celebrates BACH333 June 8-16
June 8-16, 2018
315 W 22nd St & other locations (see website for details)
From June 8-16, 2018, the Chelsea Music Festival returns to lower Manhattan in its ninth annual summer season with the theme ""Bach 333: Master of Adoration, Variation, and Transformation,"" inspired by J. S. Bach's 333rd birthday. Music will include New York and World premieres, commissions and compositions by Aaron Jay Kernis, Eric Nathan and Nicolas Namoradze. The Festival is thrilled to welcome the Verona Quartet, Barkada Quartet, cellists Matt Haimovitz and Angela Lee, violinists Nigel Armstrong and Nicholas DiEugenio, pianists Robert Fleitz, Andrea Lam, Melinda Lee Masur, Nicolas Namoradze, oboist Amanda Hardy, percussionist Rogerio Boccato, and conductor Ken-David Masur among others. Three evenings of jazz conclude the Festival with original Bach arrangements by jazz pianists Aaron Diehl and Adam Birnbaum. The Festival Finale will feature jazz piano virtuoso Helen Sung and her collaboration with American poet Dana Gioia in a jazz song cycle called “Sung with Words.”
Our Visual Artist-in-Residence Amy Pleasant will have artwork on display at various Festival venues featuring selections of her drawings, paintings, and sculptures. A trio of guided walking tours will explore the theme of Adoration by visiting unique churches in Chelsea, the theme of Variation by visiting several art galleries, and the theme of Transformation by visiting historic sites in the Chelsea neighborhood. To complete the Festival motto of “Hear | Taste | See,” Culinary Artist-in-Residence Eric Takahashi will create menus on the Festival theme through demonstrations, a sit-down dinner, and curated receptions throughout Festival week.
Submitted by Tiffany Fung ‘00