October 24


Three Unmerry Men

Friday | 10.24.14 | 8:30 PM
St. Paul's Church

Our October series explores Shakespeare at his most dramatic, in Beethoven's brooding Coriolan Overture, Walton's contemplative Henry V, and Shostakovich's bracing Hamlet Suite. Allison Nicotera and Bert Hill are featured in Lachner's delightful Concertino for Bassoon and Horn, and Adam von Housen solos on Dvorak's Romance for violin. A new work by TCS composer Tim Kiah rounds out the program, The Phoenix and the Turtle, inspired by the eponymous Shakespearean sonnet.

Conductors: Mark Seto, Julie Desbordes, Reuben Blundell

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


Tim Kiah

The Phoenix and the Turtle

(World Premiere)

Ignaz LachnerConcertino
Allison Nicotera, Bassoon
Bert Hill, Horn
Antonín DvořákRomance
Adam von Housen, Violin
Ludvig van Beethoven.Coriolan Overture
William Walton"Touch Her Soft Lips and Part" and "Death of Falstaff" from Henry V
Dmitri ShostakovichHamlet Suite

Featured Artists

Adam von Housen

Friday, 10.24

Antonín Dvořák: Romance

As a winner of the 2013 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition, violinist Adam von Housen made his New York recital debut in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in May 2013. Currently based in New York City, Adam is a recent graduate from CUNY Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. Adam received his Master's Degree and Artist Diploma from Brooklyn College, where he studied violin with Masao Kawasaki and chamber music with Ursula Oppens and Adam Kent. He …

Allison Nicotera

Friday, 10.24

Ignaz Lachner: Concertino

A versatile freelance musician, bassoonist Allison Nicotera enjoys a busy performance career in and around New York City. An avid chamber musician, passionate orchestral player, and a champion of new music, Allison brings an impassioned vigor to all she does. At ease in both solo and collaborative settings, she is a winner of two concerto competitions and her playing experiences have brought her across the United States, Canada, and Europe with ensembles such as The Juilliard Orchestra, AXIOM, the Moritzburg …

Bert Hill

Friday, 10.24

Ignaz Lachner: Concertino

New York based horn player, Bert Hill, is an active performer who is at home with a wide array of music styles. He has recently been heard in concert with Azlo Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, DCINY Orchestra, Gateway Classical Music Society, Juilliard Orchestra, Sheep Island Ensemble, and The Chelsea Symphony among others. An avid advocate of new music, Mr. Hill is a core member of Ensemble Moto Perpetuo. In addition, he has performed with the Tactus Ensemble under the direction …


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 …

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.

Since Mark’s tenure with The Chelsea Symphony began in 2011, the ensemble has strengthened its commitment to new music by programming dozens of …