March 21


Isle Full of Noises

Saturday | 3.21.15 | 7:30 PM
St. Paul's Church

Our March series explores two treatments of The Tempest, often described as the most musical of Shakespeare's plays. Sibelius's overture includes one of the most evocative representations of a storm in the orchestral repertoire; Tchaikovsky's symphonic poem juxtaposes high drama and sweeping love themes. Elise Frawley is the featured soloist in Bartók's Viola Concerto. A new work by Seth Bedford opens the program commemorating the 1964-65 World's Fair, celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Conductors: Reuben Blundell, Mark Seto

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

Conductors:  Reuben Blundell, Mark Seto


Seth BedfordFlushing Meadows, 1964 for Saxophone and Orchestra (World Premiere)
Aaron Patterson Saxophone
Béla BartókViola Concerto
Jean SibeliusOverture to The Tempest
Pyotr Ilyich TchaikovskyThe Tempest

Featured Artists

Aaron Patterson

Saturday, 3.21

Seth Bedford: Flushing Meadows, 1964 for Saxophone and Orchestra (World Premiere)

DR. AARON THOMAS PATTERSON, originally of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, currently resides in Lakeland, Florida. He instructs Performing Arts Leadership and Marketing at two Polk County School District high schools for students pursuing entrepreneurial careers in music, theatre, and dance. This new program is sponsored in part by Usher Raymond’s New Look Foundation. Aaron received his D.M.A. in Saxophone Performance at Manhattan School of Music with a dissertation entitled Use of Saxophones in West Side Story: A Comparative Analysis of the Original …

Elise Frawley

Saturday, 3.21

Béla Bartók: Viola Concerto

Elise Frawley enjoys playing viola in a variety of venues, from Carnegie Hall to Rockwood Music Hall. She has performed with such ensembles as the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra at the Metropolitan Opera House, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of New York, Ensemble LPR, Wordless Music Orchestra, Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, MetroChamber Orchestra, Ensemble Mise-en, among many other groups. She serves as both principal viola and board member of the Chelsea Symphony, …


The 2018-19 season is Reuben’s seventh conducting The Chelsea Symphony, where he’s also a violinist and sometimes concertmaster. It’s his fifth season as Music Director of the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania, where guest soloists include Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim. He’s also Music Director of the Riverside Orchestra on New York’s Upper West Side, collaborating with soloists from across New York including members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York Philharmonic.

At the Eastman School of Music in …

Mark Seto leads a wide-ranging musical life as a conductor, musicologist, teacher, and violinist. He is Artistic Director and Conductor of The Chelsea Symphony in New York City, and Director of the Brown University Orchestra and Senior Lecturer in Music at Brown University.

Since Mark’s tenure with The Chelsea Symphony began in 2011, the ensemble has programmed more than three dozen world premieres and has had debut performances at David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the DiMenna Center for Classical …