Friday | 1.27.17 | 8:30 PM
Saturday | 1.28.17 | 7:30 PM

St. Paul's Church

The Chelsea Symphony features a delightful potpourri of music including the NYC premiere of Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks' Concerto for English Horn featuring Jason Smoller, Saturday only. Friday's concert features Dan Dunford performing J.S. Bach's Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Major, arranged for bass trombone.

The concert series opens with a world premiere, Song of Zippy, by TCS composer Tim Kiah, featuring TCS members and friends Aaron Dai, Alexandra Fees, and Phil Rashkin. Both performances close with fresh faces as we welcome to the podium guest conductors Matthew Dell on Johann Strauss II's Overture to Die Fledermaus, Eric Mahl on Bartok's Romanian Folk Dances (also Song of Zippy), and Tristan Rais-Sherman on Finlandia by Sibelius.

Tickets available now on Eventbrite: http://thechelseasymphony.eventbrite.com
Concerts will be held at St. Paul's Church, 315 West 22nd Street

The performance of Pēteris Vasks' Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra featuring Jason Smoller has been generously underwritten by the American Latvian Association Cultural Foundation, Council of Latvian Organizations of New York, Latvian Cultural Association TILTS, Latvia Centennial, the Permanent Mission of Latvia to the UN, and the International Double Reed Society.

The Program

Tim KiahSong of Zippy (World Premiere)

Aaron Dai Guest Narrator
Phil Rashkin Oboe
Tim Kiah Composer
Alexandra Fees Voice

Johann Sebastian BachViolin Concerto No.2, BWV 1042, E major

Daniel Dunford Bass Trombone

Pēteris VasksConcerto for English horn (NYC premiere)

Jason Smoller English Horn

Johann Strauss IIOverture to Die Fledermaus

Matthew Dell Guest Conductor

Béla BartókRomanian Folk Dances, BB 76 (Román népi táncok )

Eric Mahl Guest Conductor

Jean SibeliusFinlandia, op. 26, no. 7

Tristan Rais-Sherman Guest Conductor

Featured Artists

Aaron Dai
Guest Narrator

Friday, 1.27, Saturday, 1.28

Tim Kiah: Song of Zippy (World Premiere)

A graduate of Columbia University and Mannes College of Music, Aaron Dai began studying piano at the age of 5 and went on to win the UNICEF Youth Concerts Competition three times by the age of 15. He has concertized around the country, performing in New York venues such as CAMI Hall, Steinway

Matthew Dell
Guest Conductor

Friday, 1.27, Saturday, 1.28

Johann Strauss II: Overture to Die Fledermaus

Conductor and educator Matthew B. Dell is the music director of the Rowan Youth Orchestra and an adjunct faculty member at Rowan University’s College of Performing Arts. Previously he served as music director of the Michigan Pops Orchestra and assistant conductor of the orchestras of the

Daniel Dunford
Bass Trombone

Friday, 1.27

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concerto No.2, BWV 1042, E major

Hailing from the South Bronx, Dan Dunford is a multi-talented and versatile bass trombonist who performs throughout the New York metropolitan area. He plays regularly with various orchestras, ensembles, and Broadway training groups around the city and has been seen on stage at many of the most

Alexandra Fees
Voice

Friday, 1.27, Saturday, 1.28

Tim Kiah: Song of Zippy (World Premiere)

Artistic Director of Opera Upper West, Alexandra Fees' work has been described by the New York Times as “captivating, immersive...almost voyeuristic." Her production of The Cell: La voix humaine/The Telephone, in which two women’s relationships with their cell phones isolate them from their

Tim Kiah
Composer

Friday, 1.27, Saturday, 1.28

Tim Kiah: Song of Zippy (World Premiere)

Tim Kiah is a Brooklyn-based composer, vocalist, and bassist. He has been commissioned by
Chamber Music America, Lincoln Center, La Mama Theatre, the Washington Square Winds, the Gusto Chamber Players, and the Northern Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in Newcastle, England. His works have been

Eric Mahl
Guest Conductor

Friday, 1.27, Saturday, 1.28

Béla Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, BB 76 (Román népi táncok )

As the Music Director of the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Harmony Program Youth Orchestra North, and assistant conductor of the Greenwich Village Orchestra in New York, New York, Mr. Mahl is a musician who believes in the transformative powers of music above all

Tristan Rais-Sherman
Guest Conductor

Friday, 1.27, Saturday, 1.28

Jean Sibelius: Finlandia, op. 26, no. 7

Tristan Rais-Sherman is the Assistant Conductor and David Alan Miller Fellow of the New York Youth Symphony where he began his duties in September 2015. Tristan recently performed as part of the Lamont Conducting Workshop in Denver, CO, the Aurora Festival in Vänersborg, Sweden, as well as with

Phil Rashkin
Oboe

Friday, 1.27, Saturday, 1.28

Tim Kiah: Song of Zippy (World Premiere)

Phil Rashkin, a Los Angeles native, performs dynamically as a conductor, symphonic, and solo musician and maintains an active schedule as music director for Opera Upper West and The Special Music School's Wind Ensemble. Mr. Rashkin also coaches music with Face the Music and is currently an

Jason Smoller
English Horn

Saturday, 1.28

Pēteris Vasks: Concerto for English horn (NYC premiere)

Jason Smoller (oboe and English horn) maintains an active freelance performance career in New York City, where he has performed with The Chelsea Symphony, the Greenwich Village Orchestra, Apotheosis Opera, the Handel Festival Orchestra, and The Dream Unfinished. In addition to performances in