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Chelsea Music Festival Celebrates Tunes, Food and Art of Germany and Brazil

By Mathew Katz | June 5, 2014 8:41am
 Musicians play at the 2013 Chelsea Music Festival's opening gala. 
Musicians play at the 2013 Chelsea Music Festival's opening gala. 
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Chelsea Music Festival

CHELSEA — It's time for Beethoven, bratwurst and Brazil.

The Chelsea Music Festival is back, and this year it's bringing a celebration of all things German and Brazilian to the neighborhood.

The weeklong festival will include artists, composers and chefs from the two countries, with daytime and evening concerts, free outdoor performances, talks, panels and more.

Events will take place throughout the neighborhood, at spots including Herald Square, the General Theological Seminary and Canoe Studios. This is the fifth edition of the festival, which honored English artists last year.

The festival will open with a gala Friday at Canoe Studios with a concert featuring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, Richard Strauss and a special commission by composer Alexandre Lunsqui — all followed by a food-filled reception called "Bavaria, Brazil and Bratwurst."

On Tuesday, the Collegium luvenum boys choir from Stuttgart, Germany and the Sirius quartet will perform at the St. Paul's German Lutheran Church for a show called "Voices, Winds and Paths."

Wednesday will be all about Strauss, with a panel discussion on him at the Dillon Gallery and then a chamber music concert and reception celebrating the composer's 150th birthday.

On June 14, the festival's main family-friendly event will be held at St. Paul's Church. "Samba, Soccer and Sugarloaf!" will teach kids about Brazilian music, food, art, and of course, soccer. 

The festival runs from June 6 to 14, with a full listing of events online. Tickets for paid events range from $30 to $68 and are available online.