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Chelsea Music Festival Mixes Baroque, Beatles and Artisanal Cheese

By Mathew Katz | June 10, 2013 7:46am
 The festival will celebrate both British and Italian cultures through music, art and food.
Musicians play at the Chelsea Music Festival
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CHELSEA — The Chelsea Music Festival is back with a taste of the Beatles, baroque — and cheese.

Now in its fourth year, the eight-day music fest kicks off on June 14 and brings a series of classical and jazz concerts to the neighborhood, including at new venues like the Gallery at the School for Visual Arts and the General Theological Seminary.

Tickets for the festival's evening shows range from $25 to $65, with a series of free outdoor shows each day at noon.

Each night time concert combines the music, art, and food of Italian and British cultures, including several pieces by Benjamin Britten, who celebrates a centennial this year, Frank Bridge, William Walton and the festival's composer-in-resident Eric Nathan.

Along with Britten, the festival will honor the 300th birthday of composer Arcangelo Corelli and 400th anniversary of Carlo Gesualdo.

For families, Benjamin and the Beatles on June 15 will teach children about British music and culture, with songs by both the English composer and the Fab Four. Kids are invited to sing along or participate in hands-on art projects.

June 21st's Shakespeare Remixed: Ovid, Macbeth and the Beatles brings together classical music instrumentalists with singers covering Beatles classics, a rap based on Ovid's Metamorphoses and a pop song inspired by Shakespeare by the San Francisco-based Frail Ophelias.

Many of the other concerts feature a unique food pairing, including a artisanal cheese reception to compliment a night of baroque music at the Dillon Gallery on June 15.

One June 22, families are invited to help discover what makes Italian food and music special at Buon Giorno, Bambini at the Dillon Gallery.

The Chelsea Music Festival runs from June 14 to 22. A full schedule of events, along with tickets, is available at the festival's website.