September 13


A Skirmish of Wit

Saturday | 9.13.14 | 7:30 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. Melissa Kritzer performs the solo in The Five Sacred Trees, the mystical bassoon concerto by acclaimed film composer John Williams.

Conductors: Mark Seto, Matthew Aubin

Conductor:  Matthew Aubin, Mark Seto


Felix MendelssohnOverture to A Midsummer Night's Dream
John WilliamsThe Five Sacred Trees
Melissa Kritzer, Bassoon
Hector BerliozOverture to Béatrice et Bénédict
Erich KorngoldSuite from Much Ado About Nothing

Featured Artists

Melissa Kritzer

Saturday, 9.13

John Williams: The Five Sacred Trees

Dr. Melissa Kritzer is an experienced orchestral and chamber musician. Within the New York City area, Melissa has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the United States Coast Guard Band, and the Reeds Amis trio. Melissa holds bassoon positions with the Mozart Orchestra of New York and the Binghamton Philharmonic.

In addition to her orchestral and solo playing, Melissa has collaborated with other musicians …


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 …