April 15-16



Friday | 4.15.16 | 8:30 PM
Saturday | 4.16.16 | 7:30 PM
St. Paul's Church, 315 W. 22nd Street

This April, The Chelsea Symphony will host a chamber orchestra concert series, opening with the NYC premiere of Caroline Shaw’s Entr’Acte for string orchestra. Friday will showcase two of our double reed players, Phil Rashkin on Mozart’s Oboe Concerto in C Major and Colin Mannes on Mozart's Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major. On Saturday, we will hear flautist Anna Urrey on two contemporary pieces by American composers, Kent Kennan's Night Soliloquy and the Serenade for Flute, Harp, and Strings by Howard Hanson, the latter of which will include harpist Ashley Jackson. Saturday will also feature double bassist Mort Cahn with a bass vocalist Hans Tashjian on Mozart's concert aria, "Per questa bello mano." We will also present Stravinsky's suite from his ballet Pulcinella, an effervescent piece signifying the shift into Stravinsky's neoclassicist phase, his "discovery of the past."

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

St. Paul's Church, 315 West 22nd Street, Chelsea


Wolfgang Amadeus MozartOboe Concerto in C Major, K. 314 (285d)
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartBassoon Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191/186e
Colin Mannes Bassoon
Kent KennanNight Soliloquy
Anna Urrey Flute
Howard HansonSerenade for Flute, Harp, and Strings
Anna Urrey Flute
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartPer questa bella mano, K. 612
Morton Cahn Double Bass
Caroline ShawEntr'Acte (NYC Premiere)
Igor StravinskyPulcinella Suite

Featured Artists

Ashley Jackson

Saturday, 4.16

Howard Hanson: Serenade for Flute, Harp, and Strings

Ashley Jackson, harpist, received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Juilliard School, where she studied under Nancy Allen. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College and a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. As an orchestral harpist, she performs with the New York Philharmonic, the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, and Novus NY. Last fall, she gave her New York City solo debut at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. …

Hans Tashjian

Saturday, 4.16

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Per questa bella mano, K. 612

Hans Tashjian, a young bass described as having “a firm, resonant instrument and a gravid stage presence,” has most recently appeared as a young artist with Sarasota Opera, as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte at Carnegie Hall with Manhattan Opera Studio, as Biterolf in Tannhäuser with Apotheosis Opera, and as 2nd Boyar in The Golden Cockerel with Sarasota Opera. Before that he performed as King René in Iolanta, Banco in Macbeth, and as a Young Artist with the Caramoor Music Festival …

Morton Cahn
Double Bass

Saturday, 4.16

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Per questa bella mano, K. 612

Morton Cahn started playing the piano at age 8 and the bass at age 11. He studied at the New England Conservatory with Henry Portnoi, principal bass of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He freelanced in the New England area with such groups as Dinosaur Annex, Musica Viva, Banchetto Musicale, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony, Vermeer Quartet, and Emmanuel Music. Morton came to New York in 1982, where he received a Master’s degree in Computer Sciences at Polytechnic University …

Colin Mannes

Friday, 4.15

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191/186e

Colin (MM 2012, PSD 2014, Mannes College, BM 2010, Virginia Commonwealth University) performs regularly throughout the Northeast in groups ranging from small chamber settings to full symphony orchestras and operas. In addition to adjunct performing and orchestral mentoring with Mannes Prep, the Precollege Division of Manhattan School of Music, and Adelphi University Symphony, Colin is principal bassoon of The Bergen Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble 212, Manhattan Opera Studio, and more. In the greater NYC metropolitan area, Colin performs with groups such …

Phil Rashkin

Friday, 4.15

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 314 (285d)

Phil Rashkin, a Los Angeles native, performs dynamically as a conductor, symphonic, and solo musician and maintains an active schedule as music director for Opera Upper West and The Special Music School's Wind Ensemble. Mr. Rashkin also coaches music with Face the Music and is currently an oboist with The Chelsea Symphony and The Manhattan Symphonie. Mr. Rashkin is a member of the shifting landscape of classical music: as a conductor/pianist for Opera Upper West’s immersive, real-time performances of Le …

Anna Urrey

Saturday, 4.16

Kent Kennan: Night Soliloquy

Saturday, 4.16

Howard Hanson: Serenade for Flute, Harp, and Strings

An avid solo and chamber music artist, Finnish-American flutist Anna Urrey is celebrated as “a revelation” and “a great young talent” (Il Giornale, Spoleto, Italy) after a performance of J.S. Bach's Cantata BWV 21 "Seufzer, Tränen. Kummer, Not" with members of the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium. Ms. Urrey is also an active orchestral musician and has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the American Symphony Orchestra and Symphony in C. Internationally, Ms. Urrey has collaborated with Philippe Entremont at Les …


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 …

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 …