Holiday Concert

Friday | 12.4.15 | 8:00 PM

St. Paul's Church

Enjoy this holiday season with The Chelsea Symphony’s December concert series. Opening with the prelude from Humperdinck’s classic opera, Hänsel und Gretel, this concert features exciting seasonal favorites. Phong Ta will show us the orchestral adaptation of an ancient legend with He Zhanhao and Chen Gang’s The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto, written in traditional pentatonic style featuring Chinese melodies and patterns. Melanie Chirignan will bring Griffes’ Poem for Flute and Orchestra to life with its lush melodies and exciting technique. The concert will end with the holiday classics Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson featuring a surprise guest conductor, and The Night Before Christmas by Aaron Dai with our special guest narrator, Seth Rudetsky!

Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $20.
This concert will be held at St. Paul's Church, 315 W. 22nd, NYC

Conductors: Matthew Aubin Mark Seto

The Program

Engelbert HumperdinckPrelude to Hänsel und Gretel

He Zhanhao & Chen GangThe Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto

Phong Ta Violin

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky"Waltz of the Flowers" from The Nutcracker Suite

Charles GriffesPoem for Flute and Orchestra

Melanie Chirignan Flute

Leroy AndersonSleigh Ride

Aaron DaiThe Night Before Christmas

Seth Rudetsky Guest Narrator

Featured Artists

Melanie Chirignan

Friday, 12.4

Charles Griffes: Poem for Flute and Orchestra

Melanie Chirignan, a native of Hauppauge, NY, is a flautist known for her musicality and versatility of repertoire. She earned her Bachelor’s in Music Performance and Music Education graduating magna cum laude from SUNY Fredonia, and her Master’s Degree in Flute Performance at the Hartt School.

Seth Rudetsky
Guest Narrator

Friday, 12.4

Aaron Dai: The Night Before Christmas

Seth Rudetsky has worked as the music director for some of Broadway’s biggest stars: Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Patti LuPone, etc. He spent years as a pianist on Broadway playing such shows as Les Misérables, The Producers, and Ragtime, and currently divides his time among

Phong Ta

Friday, 12.4

He Zhanhao & Chen Gang: The Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto

Phong is grateful to be returning this season as a soloist with The Chelsea Symphony in Oliver Davis’ Flight – Concerto for Violin and Strings.
As an undergraduate student at Lehigh University studying molecular biology, he was awarded the Baker Gifted Arts Scholarship for violin