The Chelsea Symphony is a dynamic, self-governing ensemble with a major cultural presence in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The orchestra’s mission is to present music of the highest caliber while upending the traditional hierarchy of the classical orchestra: musicians rotate as featured soloists, conductors, and composers. Through this collaborative model, TCS provides professional development opportunities for members while performing inspiring concerts of music both old and new.
Founded in 2005 by conductors Yaniv Segal and Miguel Campos Neto, The Chelsea Symphony has established a reputation as one of the most innovative ensembles in the New York metropolitan area. Shortly after its inception, the orchestra was featured in WNYC’s “Salute to the Arts” Initiative, and Steve Smith of The New York Times praised the ensemble for its “earnest, vibrant” playing. The Chelsea Symphony has collaborated with many noteworthy artists, including Clay Aiken, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Tony Award winner Lillias White, Broadway composer Seth Rudetsky, the Irish Tenors, fashion designer Malan Breton, and most recently, for the Kenzo x H&M fashion show in October 2016. The orchestra’s annual holiday concert has featured guest celebrities Richard Kind, David Hyde Pierce, Ana Gasteyer, Charles Busch, Andrea Martin, Rachel Dratch, Mo Rocca, Victor Garber, BD Wong, and Seth Rudetsky narrating The Night Before Christmas by Aaron Dai.
A champion of new music, The Chelsea Symphony has given the first performance of more than fifty compositions and presented many regional premieres. Nearly every one of the orchestra’s concerts features a work by a living American composer. Notable highlights include open rehearsals in advance of the Opera Santa Barbara premiere for Stephen Schwartz’s Séance on a Wet Afternoon (2009), NYC premieres of the Americana Symphony and The Improvised Violin Concerto by Grammy Award-winning violinist and composer Mark O’Connor featuring the composer as soloist (2013), Joy and Sorrow, the group’s debut studio recording of world premiere compositions by renowned composer David Chesky (2015), and a new composition competition for composers, now in its third year.
While maintaining its home base in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, the orchestra has broadened its reach in recent years. The ensemble made its Lincoln Center debut in 2011, and has presented concerts at the United Nations, Bargemusic, Symphony Space, New York Fashion Week, Central Park, Alice Tully Hall, David Geffen Hall (then Avery Fisher Hall), Merkin Concert Hall, and The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. In 2013, the orchestra launched an educational programming initiative and has collaborated with the Harmony Program, the United Palace Theatre in Washington Heights, and the Brooklyn Music School. The Chelsea Symphony performed at the premiere event for the pilot of the Amazon Original Series “Mozart in the Jungle” in December 2014 at Alice Tully Hall. Members of TCS can be seen in the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe-winning show, now in its third season.
Jacquelyn Van Eck
Kelly Jo Breczka
Yasmin de Soiza
Stephen McDougall Graham
Adam von Housen
Oliver Hwa-Chow Hsu
Hsuanyu Sharon I
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