Friday | 9.18.15 | 8:30 PM
Saturday | 9.19.15 | 7:30 PM
St. Paul's Church

Join us for our 10th anniversary season opener featuring Brahms’s First Symphony, hearkening back to The Chelsea Symphony's inaugural year. Our Friday program includes Vaughan Williams’s interpretation of George Meredith’s poem of the same name, The Lark Ascending, spotlighting Deborah Nixon on violin. We will also hear one of Vivaldi’s 39 Bassoon concertos featuring Tilden Marbit. Oliver Hwa-Chow Hsu will bring us the sounds of Taiwanese neo-Romantic composer Tyzen Hsiao and his Cello Concerto during the Saturday performance. A new work entitled The Age of Nostalgia by TCS composer Seth Bedford opens the concert on both nights.

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

This concert will be held at St. Paul's Church, 315 W. 22nd, NYC.

Conductors:  Reuben Blundell, Mark Seto


Seth BedfordThe Age of Nostalgia, World Premiere
Antonio VivaldiBassoon Concerto in D Minor, RV 481
Tilden Marbit Bassoon
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsThe Lark Ascending
Deborah Nixon Violin
Tyzen HsiaoCello Concerto in C, Op. 52
Johannes BrahmsSymphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Featured Artists

Tilden Marbit

Friday, 9.18

Antonio Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerto in D Minor, RV 481

Tilden Marbit, a native New Yorker, started his musical training on piano when he was four. Later accepted into LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts for piano, Tilden was required to choose an orchestral instrument other than the piano. He never dreamed that the bassoon would soon consume his world. Tilden was accepted into McGill University’s School of Music as one of its first Schulich Scholars. He studied under the aegis of Stephane Levesque, principal bassoon of the Montreal …

Deborah Nixon

Friday, 9.18

Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

Violinist Deborah Nixon is an active freelancer and educator currently based in New York City. A keen ensemble player, she has performed in various ensembles in the area, including the Bronx Opera, Mimesis Ensemble, and The Chelsea Symphony, with which she appeared as soloist in 2015. Also a dedicated educator, she is on faculty at several schools in the NYC area and maintains a private studio.

Originally from Peoria, Illinois, Deborah began studying the violin at age four. She earned …

Oliver Hwa-Chow Hsu

Saturday, 9.19

Tyzen Hsiao: Cello Concerto in C, Op. 52

Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, Hwa-Chow Oliver Hsu began studying cello at age 5 and piano at age 10 and won awards on both instruments in Austria's national "Jugend Musiziert" youth competition. After moving to the United States, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science with a minor in Music from Swarthmore College, where he was recipient of the Garrigues Music Scholarship and, as winner of the 2002 Swarthmore College Concerto Competition, performed the Dvorak Cello …


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 …