The Chelsea Music Festival Begins Today!

In addition to the exceptional visual arts component of Chelsea, in the form of galleries and instillations, the Chelsea Music Festival proves that art in all forms continues to flourish in the neighborhood.

Beginning today (June 9th) the 9-day festival, which is in its 8th year, celebrates great music “by bringing together world-leading musicians and exciting newcomers to the international stage in the performing, culinary and visual arts.”

Chelsea Music Festival

The New Yorker recently featured it, noting: “Music, art, and good food come together in this ambitious yet casual festival” and WQXR’s assistant producer Hillary Bonhomme recommends every date: “I can’t recommend this to concert-beginners enough! The experience itself will ease any apprehensions you may have about audience etiquette AND you’ll get concert snacks, talks about the repertoire, and perfume to remember the experience!”

Genres range from classical to contemporary to jazz – along with intriguing talks, food – all in keeping with the festival’s theme: “Measuring Time”.


    • Beethoven All Night” – with a pre-show dinner, festival talks, and 2 performances, including one interpreting the musicians pieces in jazz. (The day even has a morning family-based event.)
    • Dr. Michael Shadlen shares insights from neuroscience on how the brain measures time.
    • A Chelsea Gallery Walking Tour which that delves “into ways visual art can ‘measure’ time”.
    • A screening of an award-winner for best documentary at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, along with a talk with the filmmaker about his “usage of film to create poignant contemplations on the nature of time.”

There are many exceptional performances and events in this festival. Browse through the program to pick your favorites.

(Clockwise from top left: Helen Sung, Jonathan Rattner, Dr. Shadlen, the Chelsea Walking Tour.)

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