December 1

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December 1 Holiday Concert

Friday | 12.1.17 | 8:00 PM
St. Paul's Church, 315 West 22nd Street

The Chelsea Symphony's one-night-only holiday concert features comedian Judy Gold special guest narrator in a beloved annual TCS tradition, the performance of resident composer Aaron Dai's The Night Before Christmas.

The concert opens with two festive brass works by two generations of Mozarts featuring Warren Wernick on flugelhorn. The Reinecke Flute Concerto featuring Dirk Wels, and the smoldering Moldau by Smetana close out the first half. The concert continues with Tzigane by Ravel featuring violinist Megan Hilands. This year TCS is thrilled to present another celebrated tradition, our annual performance of Sleigh Ride, this year guest conducted by the winning bidder of the 2016-17 holiday auction, and a person very close to the orchestra, Pam Aubin!

A silent auction in support of the orchestra will take place before the downbeat and during intermission, concluding during a festive wine reception following the concert.

Start your holiday season with TCS!

Concerts will be held at St. Paul's German Lutheran Church, 315 West 22nd Street

Tickets on sale at Eventbrite

Photo by Lukas Budimaier

Program

Leopold Mozart Sinfonia pastorale in B-flat Major, "Alpenhorn" (arr./ed. Wernick)
Warren Wernick Trumpet
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartConcert Rondo for Flugelhorn and Orchestra, K. 371 (ed. Wernick)
Warren Wernick Trumpet
Carl ReineckeFlute Concerto in D Major, op. 283
Dirk Wels Flute
Bedřich SmetanaThe Moldau
Maurice RavelTzigane, rapsodie de concert
Megan Hilands Violin
Leroy AndersonSleigh Ride
Pam Aubin Guest Conductor
Aaron DaiThe Night Before Christmas
Judy Gold Guest Narrator

Featured Artists

Judy Gold
Guest Narrator

Friday, 12.1

Aaron Dai: The Night Before Christmas


You’ll laugh so hard you’ll cry! Gather your friends for this uproarious night of humor with comedian, actor, and writer Judy Gold.

"Judy Gold captures the audience from the moment she opens her mouth.”

— New York Times

Judy has had stand-up specials on HBO, Comedy Central, and LOGO. She has also written and starred in two critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit shows: The Judy Show – My Life As a Sitcom (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), and 25 Questions for a …

Pam Aubin
Guest Conductor

Friday, 12.1

Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride


Pamela Welz Aubin, has been a strong advocate of The Chelsea Symphony over the past several years. Prior to her retirement in 2014, she exerted her leadership as Superintendent of Schools in both Norwich and Montville Connecticut to ensure that students received a broad curriculum which included choral and instrumental music from the earliest years. As a young person, Pamela studied piano through her college years at the University of Connecticut. Conducting one of her holiday favorites, Sleigh Ride, allows …

Dirk Wels
Flute

Friday, 12.1

Carl Reinecke: Flute Concerto in D Major, op. 283


Dirk Wels, a native of Weimar, Germany, studied flute and bassoon in Germany, Spain, and Luxembourg and is currently pursuing further studies on recorder with Nina Stern in New York. He was principal bassoon of the Orchestre de Chambre de Luxembourg for four years. After relocating to New York City, Dirk has played with ensembles such as Astoria Symphony, Camerata New York, The Chelsea Symphony, DCINY Orchestra, Empire Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Mise-en, Experiential Orchestra, Friends of MATA, Garden State Philharmonic, …

Megan Hilands
Violin

Friday, 12.1

Maurice Ravel: Tzigane, rapsodie de concert


Megan Hilands is a Brooklyn-based violinist who regularly freelances throughout the greater New York City area. She has recently performed at venues such as Ars Nova, Symphony Space, and the DiMenna Center for Classical Music and with ensembles such as The Chelsea Symphony and Regina Opera Orchestra. As a lover of all things fiddle, one of her most meaningful experiences in the past year has been performing as the fiddler in East o’ West o’, a new musical mixing folk …

Warren Wernick
Trumpet

Friday, 12.1

Leopold Mozart: Sinfonia pastorale in B-flat Major, "Alpenhorn" (arr./ed. Wernick)


Friday, 12.1

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concert Rondo for Flugelhorn and Orchestra, K. 371 (ed. Wernick)


Trumpeter Warren Wernick has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and beyond. He is a founding member of The Majestic Brass Quintet and held the position of principal trumpet with the New Philharmonia of Portugal from 1987-90. Mr. Wernick has been heard with many of the leading community orchestras in New York City. The list of community and professional ensembles he has performed with over the years continues to grow. To date he has played at least one concert …

Conductors

Pamela Welz Aubin, has been a strong advocate of The Chelsea Symphony over the past several years. Prior to her retirement in 2014, she exerted her leadership as Superintendent of Schools in both Norwich and Montville Connecticut to ensure that students received a broad curriculum which included choral and instrumental music from the earliest years. As a young person, Pamela studied piano through her college years at the University of Connecticut. Conducting one of her holiday favorites, Sleigh Ride, allows …

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 …

Nell Flanders’ conducting credits include performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chelsea Symphony, Mannes Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, and the Riverside Orchestra. She served as a cover conductor for JoAnn Falletta and the Buffalo Philharmonic during the 2014-15 season and was the assistant conductor at Peabody Opera Theater during 2016-17. An enthusiastic proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Flanders has conducted many orchestral premieres with groups such as Mannes American Composers Ensemble, The Secret Opera …