6 June 2011

New York City – This summer The General Theological Seminary will host the Chelsea Music Festival (CMF) taking place on the Seminary’s landmarked campus and at venues throughout the Chelsea neighborhood from June 14 through June 18.  Having established itself during the summer of 2010 as one of the city’s major cultural events, this year CMF has selected General to be its Festival Headquarters. Renowned and emerging musicians from around the world will rehearse in various locations on the campus, particularly in the classrooms of Sherred Hall, and the Seminary will be the center for Festival volunteers and ticket sales. Outdoor areas as well as the Seminary’s chapel and auditorium will be used for performances and events.

Prior to CMF’s opening, an invitation-only outdoor reception with the Festival musicians and Artistic Directors will take place on June 13 in the Seminary’s gardens, known as the Close, at 6:30 pm. A brief recital featuring the Festival artists will follow in the Seminary’s chapel at 7:30 pm. As reservations are required for the reception, those wishing to attend should please send an email to GTS Senior VP Bruce Parker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Reservations are not needed for the recital which follows in the chapel and there is no charge.

On June 16, the Festival’s Bach@Noon series will feature world-renowned virtuoso and Festival Artist-in-Residence Alban Gerhardt performing one of the Bach Cello Suites on the Seminary’s beautiful Close at 12 pm. The public is welcome to attend and the recital is free.

Lastly, on Saturday, June 18, a Festival Talks panel discussion will be hosted by Artistic Director Ken-David Masur.  Paths on the Upright: Improvisation and journeying the musical highway from classical to jazz will take place at 2 pm in Seabury Auditorium. This event is free to those who have purchased tickets for other Festival events. For all events please enter the Seminary at 440 West 21st Street. 

Festival performances at other venues throughout Chelsea—all within walking distance of GTS—together represent an extraordinary week-long event for lovers of classical and jazz music. “Cultural and artistic events like the Festival are what summer in the Big Apple is all about,” said General Seminary president Lang Lowrey, “we are honored to host these talented musicians and to welcome our neighbors to the GTS campus for this wonderful event.” For more details on the performances, the artists, and all Festival events visit, www.chelseamusicfestival.org.

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