Friday | 12.4.15 | 8:00 PM
St. Paul's Church

Enjoy this holiday season with The Chelsea Symphony’s December concert series. Opening with the prelude from Humperdinck’s classic opera, Hänsel und Gretel, this concert features exciting seasonal favorites. Phong Ta will show us the orchestral adaptation of an ancient legend with He Zhanhao and Chen Gang’s The Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto, written in traditional pentatonic style featuring Chinese melodies and patterns. Melanie Chirignan will bring Griffes’ Poem for Flute and Orchestra to life with its lush melodies and exciting technique. The concert will end with the holiday classics Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson featuring a surprise guest conductor, and The Night Before Christmas by Aaron Dai with our special guest narrator, Seth Rudetsky!

Tickets will be 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:  Matthew Aubin, Mark Seto


Engelbert HumperdinckPrelude to Hänsel und Gretel
He Zhanhao & Chen GangThe Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto
Phong Ta Violin
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky"Waltz of the Flowers" from The Nutcracker Suite
Charles GriffesPoem for Flute and Orchestra
Leroy AndersonSleigh Ride
Aaron DaiThe Night Before Christmas
Seth Rudetsky Guest Narrator

Featured Artists

Seth Rudetsky
Guest Narrator

Friday, 12.4

Aaron Dai: The Night Before Christmas

Seth Rudetsky has worked as the music director for some of Broadway’s biggest stars: Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Patti LuPone, etc. He spent years as a pianist on Broadway playing such shows as Les Misérables, The Producers, and Ragtime, and currently divides his time among being the afternoon deejay on Sirius XM's Broadway channel, hosting his own show “Seth Speaks” (also on Sirius XM), and touring his show Deconstructing Broadway. His newest book Seth's Broadway Diary, Volume 2 …

Melanie Chirignan

Friday, 12.4

Charles Griffes: Poem for Flute and Orchestra

Melanie Chirignan, a native of Hauppauge, NY, is a flautist known for her musicality and versatility of repertoire. She earned her Bachelor’s in Music Performance and Music Education graduating magna cum laude from SUNY Fredonia, and her Master’s Degree in Flute Performance at the Hartt School. She has studied with Dr. Susan Royal and Janet Arms.

Melanie’s eclectic tastes have led her to collaborate with many different performers and ensembles including: The Chelsea Symphony, S.E.M. Ensemble, Hartt Independent Chamber Orchestra, …

Phong Ta

Friday, 12.4

He Zhanhao & Chen Gang: The Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto

Phong is grateful to be returning this season as a soloist with The Chelsea Symphony in Oliver Davis’ Flight – Concerto for Violin and Strings.

As an undergraduate student at Lehigh University studying molecular biology, he was awarded the Baker Gifted Arts Scholarship for violin performance. After college he pursued a career in dentistry and anesthesiology where he continued to nurture his musical interests by freelancing with orchestras in the greater Philadelphia and Baltimore areas. In addition to being a …


A passionate advocate for American and contemporary music, Matthew Aubin has conducted and performed internationally from Carnegie Hall to the Musikverein and many stops in between. Currently in his third season as Music Director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Aubin also serves as Artistic Director for The Chelsea Symphony in New York City. He regularly serves as a conductor and consultant for film and television including collaborations with the Golden Globe award-winning television series Mozart in the Jungle and Younger …

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 …