September 12


A Skirmish of Wit

Friday | 9.12.14 | 8:30 PM
St. Paul's Church

The Chelsea Symphony kicks off its ninth season, Play On, with works that celebrate two Shakespeare comedies. The program features Mendelssohn's effervescent overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream and two works based on Much Ado About Nothing: Berlioz's Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict and Korngold's suite of incidental music for the play. Violinist Nell Flanders performs the solo in Chausson's Poème, inspired by a novella by Ivan Turgenev.

Conductors: Mark Seto, Matthew Aubin

Conductor:  Matthew Aubin, Mark Seto


Felix MendelssohnOverture to A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ernst ChaussonPoème
Nell Flanders, Violin
Hector BerliozOverture to Béatrice et Bénédict
Erich KorngoldSuite from Much Ado About Nothing

Featured Artists

Nell Flanders

Friday, 9.12

Ernst Chausson: Poème

Active as a conductor, violinist, violist, pianist, and educator, Nell Flanders brings her dynamic musicality to performances in a wide variety of genres, from orchestral classics to contemporary music, tango, blues, and period instrument baroque. Ms. Flanders is currently the Director of Orchestral Activities at Idaho State University, where she leads the Idaho State-Civic Symphony and the ISU University Chamber Orchestra. From 2018-2021 she held the position of Georg and Joyce Albers-Schonberg Assistant Conductor with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, conducting …


A leader in the 21st century orchestral landscape, Dr. Matthew Aubin is constantly reaching new audiences through innovative performance formats and creative initiatives both on and off the podium.

The 2022-23 season kicks off Dr. Aubin’s inaugural year as Music Director of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is Music Director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and serves as Artistic Director of The Chelsea Symphony. In his role at TCS, he has led highly visible collaborations with partners such …

Mark Seto leads a wide-ranging musical life as a conductor, scholar, teacher, and violinist. He is Artistic Director and Conductor of The Chelsea Symphony in New York City, and Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music at Brown University, where he directs the Brown University Orchestra and teaches courses in music history, theory, and conducting. Highlights of his 2023-24 season include performances with violinist Itzhak Perlman, violinist Randall Goosby, and clarinetist Anthony McGill, and the inauguration of The …