Friday | 12.2.16 | 8:00 PM

The Chelsea Symphony's one-night-only holiday concert features actress CAROLINE RHEA as special guest narrator in an annual TCS tradition, the performance of resident composer Aaron Dai's "The Night Before Christmas." The concert opens with the delightful dance-inspired piece in three short movements, Straussiana, by Erich Wolfgang Korngold followed by Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major featuring E.J. Lee on violin and Brian Thompson on viola. Respighi's Adagio con variazioni showcasing Hsuanyu I on cello begins the second half of the concert followed by holiday favorites "March of the Toys" by Victor Herbert from "Babes in Toyland" and an arrangement of Irving Berlin's beloved "White Christmas." Tim Miller returns to the TCS podium as guest conductor for another holiday favorite, "Sleigh Ride."

A silent auction in support of the orchestra will take place before the downbeat and during intermission, concluding during a festive wine reception following the concert. Start your holiday season with TCS!

Conducted by Reuben Blundell and Mark Seto

Tickets available now on Eventbrite:
Concert will be held at St. Paul's Church, 315 West 22nd Street

The Program

Erich Wolfgang KorngoldStraussiana

Wolfgang Amadeus MozartSinfonia concertante, K.364 (320d), E-flat major

E.J. Lee Violin
Brian Thompson Viola

Ottorino RespighiAdagio con variazioni, P.133, Violoncello & Orchestra

Hsuanyu I Cello

Victor HerbertMarch of the Toys (from Babes in Toyland)

Irving BerlinWhite Christmas

Leroy AndersonSleigh Ride

Timothy A. Miller Guest Conductor

Aaron DaiThe Night Before Christmas

Caroline Rhea Guest Narrator
Aaron Dai Composer

Featured Artists

Aaron Dai

Friday, 12.2

Aaron Dai: The Night Before Christmas

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

Hsuanyu I

Friday, 12.2

Ottorino Respighi: Adagio con variazioni, P.133, Violoncello & Orchestra

Hsuanyu (Sharon) is a cellist and music educator from Taiwan. She has a BM in cello performance and music education from the Taipei Municipal Education University, as well as a Masters in cello performance from Tunghai University under the direction of Arkadi Kuchynski. After moving to NYC in

E.J. Lee

Friday, 12.2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia concertante, K.364 (320d), E-flat major

E.J. Lee began playing the violin in Seoul, Korea at the age of four and made her solo debut three years later on the Vivaldi Violin Concerto with full orchestra. As a teenager she won a national violin competition in Korea, which lead her to perform Bruch Violin Concerto with the Seoul

Timothy A. Miller
Guest Conductor

Friday, 12.2

Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride

Although to many people, Timothy A. Miller is considered the second of three Miller generations of performing musicians, his inspiration is more his son than his mother. During a successful career in operations management consulting, he did not fully realize the extent of his fascination with

Caroline Rhea
Guest Narrator

Friday, 12.2

Aaron Dai: The Night Before Christmas

Caroline Gilchrist Rhea is a Canadian stand-up comedian, actress and model who was the original host of the reality television show The Biggest Loser on NBC until she was replaced by Alison Sweeney after the end of Season 3. She is also known for her role as Hilda Spellman from Sabrina, the

Brian Thompson

Friday, 12.2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia concertante, K.364 (320d), E-flat major

Brian Thompson earned his MM in viola performance from the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College. He serves as principal violist for The Chelsea Symphony, Light Opera of New York, and Blue Hill Troupe and plays in a variety of other ensembles ranging from Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric