October 25


Three Unmerry Men

Saturday | 10.25.14 | 7:30 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 Theresa Rice solos on Mozart's Concerto No. 4 for Horn. 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

Ignaz LachnerConcertino
Bert Hill, Horn
Allison Nicotera, Bassoon
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartHorn Concerto No. 4
Theresa Rice, Horn
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

Theresa Rice

Saturday, 10.25

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4

Theresa M. Rice is currently a music educator at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Middle School of the Capitol Region Education Council in Connecticut. She actively continues her horn performance career, performing Connecticut as a member of the 5 Metal Chemistry Brass Quintet and as a freelancer in the Greater Hartford area, and performing in New York with The Chelsea Symphony, Hudson Valley Chamber Winds, and Velocity Horns. Theresa is a graduate of The Hartt School, where she …

Bert Hill

Saturday, 10.25

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 …

Allison Nicotera

Saturday, 10.25

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 …


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 …