January 26-27


January 26-27

Friday | 1.26.18 | 8:30 PM
Saturday | 1.27.18 | 7:30 PM
St. Paul's Church, 315 West 22nd Street

The January TCS concert series features Sibelius' Symphony No. 5, a piece commissioned by the composer's native country, Finland, in honor of his own fiftieth birthday. Of this piece, Sibelius wrote, "it is as if God Almighty had thrown down pieces of a mosaic for heaven’s floor and asked me to find out what was the original pattern."

TCS is thrilled to present two world premieres for this concert series. Flutist Michelle Stockman performs Michael Colina's Isles of Shoals on Saturday. Both concerts open with I-35 by TCS member, composer, and violist Eric Lemmon.

Friday's concert welcomes back violinist Deborah Nixon as she returns to the stage to perform the Saint-Saëns' Violin Concerto No. 3 on Friday's concert.

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

Be sure to purchase your pairing for NYC Wild! and urban naturalist Keith Michael's Pelham Bay Park photography and nature walk! Buy tickets for both events on the Eventbrite or see the NYC Wild! Eventbrite for more information. Pelham Bay Park in The Bronx, the largest park in NYC (even the new Freshkills Park on Staten Island won’t be larger), is a bit unknowable in its entirety but boasts ancient oak trees, sprawling bays, a reclaimed sanitation site (now welcome grasslands), salt marshes, “coast of Maine” rocky outcroppings, and Robert Moses’ Orchard Beach. Hunter Island is actually no longer an island, but was joined to the mainland at the time Orchard Beach was built. Bring your lunch. We will picnic by the Long Island Sound overlooking the Execution Rocks Lighthouse.

Note: the NYC Wild! event is on SATURDAY only.

Tickets on sale at Eventbrite

Photo by Patryk Sobczak

Conductors:  Reuben Blundell, Mark Seto


Eric LemmonI-35 (World Premiere)
Eric Lemmon Composer
Camille Saint-SaënsViolin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, op. 61
Deborah Nixon Violin
Michael ColinaIsles of Shoals (World Premiere)
Jean SibeliusSymphony No. 5 in E-flat major, op. 82

Featured Artists

Michelle Stockman

Saturday, 1.27

Michael Colina: Isles of Shoals (World Premiere)

Michelle Stockman is a flutist and piccolo player from New England who enjoys an active career in New York City. Praised for her sensitivity and versatility, she is principal flutist of LoftOpera and a freelancer with groups such as American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY), and The Chelsea Symphony. Passionate about flute pedagogy and music education, she is a dedicated private instructor and previously served on faculty at The Fort Lee School of …

Eric Lemmon

Friday, 1.26, Saturday, 1.27

Eric Lemmon: I-35 (World Premiere)

Composer and violist Eric Lemmon’s music has been described as using “a broad range of extended techniques and complex rhythms to create [a] beautifully ethereal nebulousness of sound.” He received his Bachelors in Music from the New York University Steinhardt School Music and Performing Arts Program, a Masters in Viola Performance from the Mannes School of Music, and an Artist Diploma from University of Miami’s Frost School of Music where he was awarded a Mancini Fellowship. He is the founder …

Deborah Nixon

Friday, 1.26

Camille Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No. 3 in B Minor, op. 61

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 …


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 …