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Chelsea Music Festival General Theological Seminary 2013 NYC Untapped CitiesLast year’s concert at the General Theological Seminary. Photo courtesy of the Chelsea Music Festival.

Untapped Cities is a proud media partner of the Chelsea Music Festival, now in its fifth season. 

The Chelsea Music Festival returns for its fifth season on Friday, June 6th with the opening night gala ushering in nine days of concerts in some of Chelsea’s most unique venues. This year, the festival celebrates German and Brazilian music in honor of some major anniversaries: C. P. E. Bach (300), Richard Strauss (150), and Heitor Villa-Lobos (55). The festival’s motto is “Hear, Taste, See,” and with three culinary artists in residence, three visual artists, and many musicians, the events are sure to engage all the senses.

OHNY Hudson River Architectural Tour-NYC Starrett-LehighThe historic Starrett-Lehigh Building on the waterfront will play host to the festival’s opening night gala

We’re especially excited to gain access to some of Chelsea’s architectural gems. The opening night gala will be held in Canoe Studios on the 14th floor of the Starrett-Lehigh building, built in the 1930s as a shipping center on the Hudson and later landmarked. There will be four days worth of concerts at St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church, the oldest continually operating German-speaking church in NYC. The festival also returns to Dillon Gallery, which exhibits international contemporary art. The General Theological Seminary plays host to Thursday evening’s concert.

Friday, June 6

Festival Opening Gala: Air on a New York Skyline, 7:30 pm at Canoe Studios in the Starrett-Lehigh Building

Saturday, June 7

Family Event I: Fairy Tales, Knoedels and a Lost Penny, 10:30 am at St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church of New York

Festival Talks I: Bach and Potatoes—Exploring the Creative Process, Product and Produce of an Artist, 6:30 pm at Dillon Gallery

Landscapes, Streetscapes and Soul, 7:30 pm at Dillon Gallery

Sunday, June 8

Open Air @ Herald Square Park, 3:00 pm at 1 Herald Square Park

Monday, June 9

Festival Talks II: C. P. E. Bach—The Legacy and Impact of an 18th Century Pioneer, 6:30 pm at The New School Auditorium

Silent Moons and Brahmsian Schoenbergs, 7:30 pm at The New School Auditorium

Tuesday, June 10

Voices, Winds and Paths, 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church of New York

Wednesday, June 11

Festival Talks III: The Richard Strauss Effect, 6:30 pm at Dillon Gallery

Richard Strauss @ 150 Birthday Gala, 7:30 pm at Dillon Gallery

Thursday, June 12

Festival Talks IV: C. P. E. Bach: Motion, Freedom, Introspection, 6:30 pm at the General Theological Seminary Chapel

Prayers, Concertos, and Mutations, 7:30 pm at the General Theological Seminary Chapel

Friday, June 13

Carte Blanche Amaryllis Quartet: Birds in the Sanctuary, 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church

Late Night Event: Birnbaum, Beethoven and the Dragon, 10:00 pm at St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church

Saturday, June 14

Family Event II: Samba, Soccer, Sugar Loaf! 10:30 pm at St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church

Festival Jazz Finale: Alma Brasiliera—Beyond the Clouds of Corcovado, 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church

Tickets are available here. Stay tuned for an interview with the festival’s creative directors Ken-David and Melinda Masur, and a behind the scenes look at St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church! 

Read our previous coverage of the Chelsea Music Festival, including a review of last year’s Jazz Finale.

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