December 7

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HOLIDAY

Friday | 12.7.18 | 8:00 PM
St. Paul's Church, 315 West 22nd Street

The Chelsea Symphony continues its holiday tradition!

This year our annual holiday concert features actress and musician Annie Golden, known for her role in Orange is the New Black, as the guest narrator for the orchestra’s own special version of The Night Before Christmas by composer Aaron Dai. This concert is conducted by Reuben Blundell, Mark Seto, and Nell Flanders.

The performance also includes selections from Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck, the Christmas Overture by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. As is the tradition, Sleigh Ride will be conducted by the winner of The Chelsea Symphony's 2017 silent auction, Ray Cerabone.

Clarinetist Erik Jönsson performs as featured soloist on Paul Ben-Haim’s Pastorale Variée for clarinet, harp, and string orchestra, clarinetist Christine Todd returns to the spotlight performing the second movement Adagio from Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major, and violinists Nicholas Pappone and EJ Lee, violist Elizabeth Holub, and cellist Talia Dicker join forces for the string quartet part to Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro.

All attendees are invited to a silent auction and wine reception in support of the orchestra following the concert.

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

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Limited day-of tickets available at the door for a suggested donation of $20.

Program

Engelbert HumperdinckThree Excerpts from Hänsel und Gretel
Edward ElgarIntroduction and Allegro, op. 47 (Pappone, Lee, Holub, Dicker)
Paul Ben-HaimPastorale Variée for clarinet, harp and string orchestra
Erik Jönsson Clarinet
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartClarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622, mvt. II Adagio
Christine Todd Clarinet
Samuel Coleridge-TaylorChristmas Overture
Leroy AndersonSleigh Ride
Ray Cerabone Guest Conductor
Aaron DaiThe Night Before Christmas
Annie Golden Guest Narrator

Featured Artists

Pappone, Lee, Holub, and Dicker Quartet
String Quartet

Friday, 12.7

Edward Elgar: Introduction and Allegro, op. 47 (Pappone, Lee, Holub, Dicker)


Comprised of violinists Nicholas Pappone and EJ Lee, violist Elizabeth Holub, and cellist Talia Dicker, these four musicians lead diverse careers across New York City in a variety of roles around music, education, entrepreneurship, and outreach.

Nicholas Pappone, lauded as a "first rate" violinist by Maestro Lorin Maazel, makes a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and teacher in New York City. A former professional actor, playing the role of a prodigy violinist in a film inspired his …

Ray Cerabone
Guest Conductor

Friday, 12.7

Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride


Ray likes to refer to himself as "made in New York!" Born on Manhattan's West 50th Street and raised in Queens by creative, artistic parents, he received his BBA degree from City College and his MA in Educational Theater from New York University. He was a New York City elementary school teacher for 31 years, teaching most grades, but ultimately choosing to work with children in creative programs, including pantomime, improvisation, puppetry, music, and dance. He was also the drama …

Annie Golden
Guest Narrator

Friday, 12.7

Aaron Dai: The Night Before Christmas


Annie considers herself the illegitimate child of the legitimate theatre, having been discovered on the Bowery fronting a rock band and cast by Milos Forman as Jeannie in HAIR, the 1978 film. Some Broadway credits include: VIOLET, XANADU, THE FULL MONTY, AH! WILDERNESS. Also was Sondheim’s original Squeaky Fromme in ASSASSINS (Playwrights Horizons). Numerous Film/TV credits, most notably her role as Norma Romano in the hit series “Orange Is the New Black” for Lionsgate/Netflix.

Erik Jönsson
Clarinet

Friday, 12.7

Paul Ben-Haim: Pastorale Variée for clarinet, harp and string orchestra


Clarinetist Erik Jönsson lives in Brooklyn, NY. An active artist all across New York City, Erik has appeared with The Chelsea Symphony, New York Repertory Orchestra, One World Symphony, and Jackson Heights Orchestra, among others. A versatile musician whose passions span further than symphonic repertoire alone, he has also performed with the Wind Ensemble Society of New York City and in pit orchestras for Opera in the Slope and the HERE Arts Center production of Whiskey Pants: The Mayor of …

Christine Todd
Clarinet

Friday, 12.7

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K.622, mvt. II Adagio


Christine Todd began performing with The Chelsea Symphony in 2008 and joined the board in 2010. Christine is an accountant and clarinetist – the former professionally and the latter for a love for music that developed when she began playing the clarinet in childhood, in upstate New York. A CPA, Christine holds an MBA from Columbia University and graduated with honors from Binghamton University with dual B.A./B.S. degrees in German and accounting. At Binghamton, Christine was principal clarinetist of the …

Conductors

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 …

Ray likes to refer to himself as "made in New York!" Born on Manhattan's West 50th Street and raised in Queens by creative, artistic parents, he received his BBA degree from City College and his MA in Educational Theater from New York University. He was a New York City elementary school teacher for 31 years, teaching most grades, but ultimately choosing to work with children in creative programs, including pantomime, improvisation, puppetry, music, and dance. He was also the drama …

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 …

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 …