January 31


Bernstein's "Romeo and Juliet"

Saturday | 1.31.15 | 7:30 PM
St. Paul's Church

January's concert series showcases several exciting collaborations. Erich Schoen-René premieres a cello concerto by TCS co-founder Yaniv Segal, and Nick Lenchner performs a new work for bass by Ben Brody. The orchestra teams up with TCS Resident Composer Aaron Dai for Overture alla Marcia, a festive instrumental world premiere. Selections from West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein's beloved reinterpretation of Romeo and Juliet, complete the program.

Conductors: Reuben Blundell, Julie Desbordes, Matthew Aubin

Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $20

All concerts take place at St. Paul's Church, 315 West 22nd Street (between 8th + 9th Avenues), NYC


Ben BrodySolo for Double Bass and Orchestra
Nick Lenchner, Double Bass
Yaniv SegalConcerto for Cello and Orchestra
Aaron Dai

Overture alla Marcia

Leonard BernsteinSymphonic Dances from West Side Story

Featured Artists

Erich Schoen-René

Saturday, 1.31

Yaniv Segal: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

Erich Schoen-René was born into a musical family and began playing cello at the age of four. He is the recipient of a double undergraduate degree in music performance and German from Bard College, a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music, and considers himself very lucky to have studied with cellists Maxine Neuman, Luis Garcia-Renart, and David Geber. Erich has played extensively in the New York area, as well as in Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, and Croatia, and can be …

Nick Lenchner
Double Bass

Saturday, 1.31

Ben Brody: Solo for Double Bass and Orchestra

Born in Astoria, Queens, double and electric bassist Nick Lenchner grew up in northern New Jersey where he studied privately with Alexandre Tannous. He attended the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College for five years under the tutelage of Linda McKnight. He continued to work with Mrs. McKnight at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University and graduated with a degree in double bass performance. He has had additional private lessons with Robert Black, Kurt Muroki, Joe …


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 …

Reuben Blundell has been a Chelsea Symphony conductor/violinist since 2012, enjoying collaborations with musicians, soloists, composers and other conductors. Conducting Aaron Dai’s The Night Before Christmas, first with B. D. Wong then Annie Golden narrating, he initiated, conducted and edited (in Premiere Pro) the orchestra’s 2020 remote performance, narrated by John Lithgow.

Blundell is Music Director of the Riverside Orchestra on the Upper West Side, rehearsing Mondays and performing five concerts each season. He also directs another outstanding community …

Originally from Limoges, France, Julie Desbordes is a fast rising conductor known for her engaging style, energetic interpretations and emotional communication with her musicians and audiences. Currently Artistic Director of QUO (the Queer Urban Orchestra) in New York City, her recent international appearances as a guest conductor include concerts in Venezuela, Canada, Hong Kong and Macau. She is also Associate Conductor of Education and Outreach for The Chelsea Symphony (NYC).

Julie’s love for music began from the moment she picked …