December 6



Friday | 12.6.19 | 8:00 PM

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

Ring in the holiday spirit with The Chelsea Symphony’s annual concert on Friday, December 6, filled with festive music and fun traditions! This one-night only special event brings back resident composer Aaron Dai’s The Night Before Christmas with special guest narrator (TBA!) and holiday favorite Sleigh Ride conducted by the winner of TCS’ 2018 holiday concert silent auction. 

The concert opens with the lively Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Marquez followed by two violin favorites: Bruch’s first violin concerto featuring Molly Fletcher and the Saint-Saëns Introduction & Rondo capriccioso with Dawn Wang as soloist. 

TCS is pleased to perform the NYC premiere of Fernande Breilh-Decruck’s Les clochers des Vienne, a piece written in the 1930/40s (date unknown) but which made its American premiere just last year with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (where our very own Matthew Aubin serves as artistic director). 

Decruck lived in the London Terrace apartments (the city block on 23rd to 24th Street from 9th to 10th Avenues) in the early 1930s, the cornerstone of which was laid in 1929 by the great-great-grandson of Clement Clarke Moore who wrote the poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” of course the inspiration for our seasonal favorite, The Night Before Christmas, which closes this holiday performance.

All attendees are invited to a silent auction and wine reception in support of the orchestra following the concert. You may find yourself the winner of next year’s Sleigh Ride!

Concert run time: 90 minutes including a 20-minute intermission

Conductors:  Matthew Aubin, Mark Seto


Arturo MarquézDanzón No. 2
Max BruchViolin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op. 26
Camille Saint-SaënsIntroduction & Rondo capriccioso, op. 28
Dawn Wang Violin
Fernande Breilh DecruckLes clochers de Vienne: Suite de Valses (NYC Premiere)
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsFantasia on Greensleeves
Leroy AndersonSleigh Ride
Dev Janki Guest Conductor
Aaron DaiThe Night Before Christmas (special guest narrator TBA)

Featured Artists

Dawn Wang

Friday, 12.6

Camille Saint-Saëns: Introduction & Rondo capriccioso, op. 28

Dawn Wang, originally from Taiwan, began playing the violin when she was five years old.  Her musical endeavors had a bright start: she won her first competition at the age of seven and made her concerto debut with the Taipei Century Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan the following year.  At the age of ten, she moved with her parents to the United States to attend the Juilliard School Pre-College Division and pursue her aspiration of becoming a professional violinist, studying under …

Molly Fletcher

Friday, 12.6

Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op. 26

Dev Janki
Guest Conductor

Friday, 12.6

Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride


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 …