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The 2015 Chelsea Music Festival


The 2015 Chelsea Music Festival

June 12-20, 2015

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The 2015 Chelsea Music Festival will celebrate Finland and Hungary with its annual edition of innovative programming that features leading artists in the performing, visual and culinary arts. From   June 12-20, 2015 in New York City, over two dozen events will be held in a wide range of venues throughout Manhattan. Program highlights will include reflections and collaborations on the life and music of Jean Sibelius to celebrate his 150th birthday, as well as the music of Bartók, Kodaly, Rautavaara and Bach. The Festival will once again present world and New York premieres, original Jazz arrangements, as well as evening and latenight expeditions that will complete historical and present-day portraits of Finland and Hungary.  Events include evening concerts with music ranging from baroque to Jazz, Saturday morning Family Events that give children a chance to Hear | Taste | See Finland and Hungary, Late Night events and daytime Open Air events featuring Finnish Tango and Hungarian Dances.

  • Avanti! | Ensemble-in-Residence (Finland)
  • Ilari Kaila | Composer-in-Residence (Finland)
  • Sami Tallberg & Carl Frederiksen | Culinary Artists-in-Residence (Finland & Denmark)
  • Rachel Mica Weiss | Visual Artist-in-Residence (USA)

As in seasons past, the Festival has assembled a noteworthy roster of over 75 artists, including 2015 Festival Ensemble-in-Residence Avanti! from Finland and leading contemporary Finnish composers such as Ilari Kaila and Uljas Pulkkis; the Tapiola Chamber Choir; the stage play Sibelius & Ida in its U.S. premiere; the Jazz ensemble Tuomo Uusitalo Trio; Hungarian/Canadian composer Kati Agócs and ensembles including the Loop Doctors and the Gőz-Kurtág-Lukács Trio. Star chefs from Finland, Hungary and Denmark including Carl Frederiksen and Sami Tallberg will surprise the audience with their special culinary creations honoring the 150th anniversaries of Nielsen and Sibelius. Installation artist and sculptor, Rachel Mica Weiss, will create a site-specific work inspired by this year’s Festival musical programming.


2015 Festival Official Venue Partners

  • Canoe Studios | 601 West 26th Street
  • Finnish Lutheran at St. John’s Church | 81 Christopher Street
  • 34th Street Partnership | Herald Square Park | Broadway and 34th Street
  • Leo Baeck Institute | 15 West 16th Street
  • Norwood Club | 241 West 14th Street
  • Scandinavia House | 58 Park Avenue
  • St. Paul’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church | 315 West 22nd Street


2015 Festival Partners

Aion Entertainment; Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation; BMW North America (Official Vehicle of the 2015 Chelsea Music Festival); Carl Brandt, Inc.; Consulate General of Finland in New York; Consulate General of Hungary in New York; DreamAir; Forager’s City Grocer; Fujifilm Recording Media U.S.A.; JB Prince; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; Polyhymnia International; Radeberger Pilsner; Sennheiser; Steinway & Sons New York; Tanglewood, Home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra; Tekserve; Thompson Family Foundation; Uprise Art; Wirtschaftsrunde CEO Roundtable of German-American Companies; WQXR; Wunderwein  The 2015 Chelsea Music Festival thanks the Hungarian Cultural Center / Balassi Institute of New York for  co-presenting three ensembles from Hungary.



  • Tickets available starting May 1 at www.chelseamusicfestival.org
  • For group sales and benefits, contact [email protected]
  • Students and Under 30s / Seniors Discounts available. Must show Student / Senior ID at door
  • For details on FREE CMF@Noon outdoor concerts, see the Festival website & social media



Web | www.chelseamusicfestival.org

Facebook | www.facebook.com/chelseamusicfestival

Twitter | @cmf_nyc  Instagram | @cmf_nyc



Hailed by The New York Times as a “gem of a series,” the Chelsea Music Festival exists to celebrate great music by bringing together world-leading musicians and exciting newcomers to the international stage. Inspired by its Chelsea roots, the Festival seeks to reflect the creativity gathered in one of New York City’s most dynamic neighborhoods by presenting site-specific programs that span musical genres ranging from classical to contemporary to jazz. With an emphasis on Festival-commissioned works, community outreach and education, the Festival also exists to create a gateway to music through the exploration and interplay of art forms – specifically the musical, visual and culinary – alongside an intimate and thrilling Festival experience shared by artists and concertgoers alike.   The Chelsea Music Festival Artistic Directors are Melinda Lee Masur and Ken-David Masur.

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