Chelsea Music Festival Online Originals featuring the Andrea Lam (December 17)

Online Originals - Beethoven Express

Online Originals - Beethoven Express, © CMF


The Festival is pleased to present a performance of this quartet who will delight audiences with music by Beethoven, Arvo Pärt (Estonia), and Bedrich Smetana (Czech Republic)

Our fourth and final stop for the Beethoven Express takes us to Melbourne, Australia! Pianist Andrea Lam will delight audiences with a special performance of Beethoven’s piano sonata “Les Adieux” as well as the World Premiere performance of a special Festival commission of a new piece by Edinburgh-based composer, Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade.

Videos will be premiered online as pre-recorded watch parties and will feature works by Beethoven alongside new music, as well as highlights from culinary and visual artists to reflect the Festival’s Hear | Taste | See motto.

Four videos on YouTube will premiere bi-weekly on Thursdays from November 19th through December 17th . It is a point of pride to continue providing our community with high-quality arts content and music performances.

The Festival may not be in Chelsea this year, but our digital concert hall is open to audiences across the globe! We would like to take this opportunity to remember our best moments and to build our online reach so audiences all over the world can Hear | Taste | See and have ongoing access to the Festival’s programming.


Hailed by The New York Times as a “gem of a series,” the Chelsea Music Festival celebrates great music by bringing together world-leading musicians and emerging artists to the international stage in the performing, culinary, and visual arts. Inspired by its Chelsea roots, the Festival reflects the creativity of one of New York City's most dynamic neighborhoods. Programs span musical genres ranging from classical to contemporary to jazz with a special emphasis on Festival commissions by composers whose works are not in the traditional western canon.

On the digital programming front, the Festival hosts an online library of recordings so music enthusiasts, artists, and students alike can explore unique interpretations of classical, jazz, and contemporary works via high-quality videos of world-class performances and dialogues available for years to come.

Since 2010, the Chelsea Music Festival has established itself as a critically-acclaimed, accessible and interactive gateway to chamber music in non-traditional concert spaces such as art galleries, public squares, schools, and churches. Artists hail from around the world to partake in nearly two weeks of programming complete with concerts, lectures, exhibitions, family events, and free outreach performances. In 2020, the Chelsea Music Festival inaugurated its Online Encores and Online Originals digital video series on YouTube; Online Encores presents highlights from Festival archives and past concerts while Online Originals presents new and never-before-seen performances and recordings; both series make the Festival even more accessible to a global audience.

The Festival is committed to supporting underrepresented artists, composers, and performers and strives to program and highlight works that reflect the diverse people, ideas, and backgrounds who have traditionally been excluded from the western canon. We are proud to give emerging voices, particularly those of women and people of color, a stage and are working to build an audience and intimate community to support a new generation of musicians, composers, and artists.

The Chelsea Music Festival Artistic Directors are Melinda Lee Masur and Ken-David Masur.

Loaction & Time

Thursday, December, 17 2020 - 7:30-8:30pm ET


Join us online to watch this premiere on YouTube!

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