December 7

Friday | 12.7.18 | 8:00 PM

St. Paul's Church, 315 West 22nd Street

The Chelsea Symphony continues its holiday tradition!

This year our annual holiday concert features actress and musician Annie Golden, known for her role in Orange is the New Black, as the guest narrator for the orchestra’s own special version of The Night Before Christmas by composer Aaron Dai. This concert is conducted by Reuben Blundell, Mark Seto, and Nell Flanders.

The performance also includes selections from Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, the Christmas Overture by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. As is the tradition, Sleigh Ride will be conducted by the winner of The Chelsea Symphony's 2017 silent auction, Ray Cerabone.

Clarinetist Erik Jönsson performs as featured soloist on Paul Ben-Haim’s Pastorale Variée for clarinet, harp, and string orchestra, clarinetist Christine Todd returns to the spotlight performing the second movement Adagio from Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major, and violinists Nicholas Pappone and EJ Lee, violist Elizabeth Holub, and cellist Talia Dicker join forces for the string quartet part to Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro.

All attendees are invited to a silent auction and wine reception in support of the orchestra following the concert.

Concerts will be held at St. Paul's German Lutheran Church, 315 West 22nd Street

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The Program

Engelbert HumperdinckThree Excerpts from Hänsel und Gretel

Edward ElgarIntroduction and Allegro, op. 47 (Pappone, Lee, Holub, Dicker)

Pappone, Lee, Holub, and Dicker Quartet

Paul Ben-HaimPastorale Variée for clarinet, harp and string orchestra

Erik Jonsson Clarinet

Wolfgang Amadeus MozartClarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622, mvt. II Adagio

Christine Todd Clarinet

Samuel Coleridge-TaylorChristmas Overture

Leroy AndersonSleigh Ride

Ray Cerabone Guest Conductor

Aaron DaiThe Night Before Christmas with special guest narrator

Annie Golden Guest Narrator

Featured Artists

Annie Golden
Guest Narrator

Friday, 12.7

Aaron Dai: The Night Before Christmas with special guest narrator

Annie considers herself the illegitimate child of the legitimate theatre, having been discovered on the Bowery fronting a rock band and cast by Milos Forman as Jeannie in HAIR, the 1978 film. Some Broadway credits include: VIOLET, XANADU, THE FULL MONTY, AH! WILDERNESS. Also was Sondheim’s

Erik Jonsson
Clarinet

Friday, 12.7

Paul Ben-Haim: Pastorale Variée for clarinet, harp and string orchestra

Clarinetist Erik Jönsson lives in Brooklyn, NY. An active artist all across New York City, Erik has appeared with The Chelsea Symphony, New York Repertory Orchestra, One World Symphony, and Jackson Heights Orchestra, among others. A versatile musician whose passions span further than symphonic

Pappone, Lee, Holub, and Dicker Quartet

Friday, 12.7

Edward Elgar: Introduction and Allegro, op. 47 (Pappone, Lee, Holub, Dicker)

Comprised of violinists Nicholas Pappone and EJ Lee, violist Elizabeth Holub, and cellist Talia Dicker, these four musicians lead diverse careers across New York City in a variety of roles around music, education, entrepreneurship, and outreach.

Nicholas Pappone, lauded as a "first rate

Christine Todd
Clarinet

Friday, 12.7

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622, mvt. II Adagio

Christine Todd began performing with The Chelsea Symphony in 2008 and joined the board in 2010. Christine is an accountant and clarinetist – the former professionally and the latter for a love for music that developed when she began playing the clarinet in childhood, in upstate New York. A CPA,

Ray Cerabone
Guest Conductor

Friday, 12.7

Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride

Ray likes to refer to himself as "made in New York!" Born on Manhattan's West 50th Street and raised in Queens by creative, artistic parents, he received his BBA degree from City College and his MA in Educational Theater from New York University. He was a New York City elementary school