October 25-26



Friday | 10.25.19 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 10.26.19 | 8:00 PM

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

The Chelsea Symphony presents “Made of Stars” as its chamber concert series on October 25-26 during the fourteenth season, RISE UP. Featured on this program are Mozart’s “Jupiter” Symphony and Jessie Montgomery’s piece with “explosive verve,” Starburst

TCS members are featured in works in the first half: Twilight Song, a world premiere work by TCS resident composer and founding member Aaron Dai, opens both concerts. Friday’s concert presents hornist Peter DelGrosso on Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto and TCS is thrilled to welcome back Jason Smoller as English horn soloist on Jennifer Higdon’s Soliloquy. On Saturday’s concert, bassoonist Tilden Marbit is the featured performer on Weber’s Andante & Rondo Ongarese and Adam Schommer solos on the second horn concerto by Franz Joseph Haydn, a jaunty and lively work with a contrasting melancholic Adagio second movement.

Starburst by Jessie Montgomery was commissioned by the Sphinx Organization and premiered in 2012. Packing a big punch in just three and a half minutes, it “reflects today’s fashionable motoric, pop-oriented, post-minimalist style, albeit with memorable melodies, structural discipline, and not one cliché in the book.”

The “Jupiter” Symphony was as ‘of its time’ as Starburst is of our time, the longest and last symphony of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Of the celebrated last movement, renowned music historian Sir George Grove noted, "it is for the finale that Mozart has reserved all the resources of his science, and all the power, which no one seems to have possessed to the same degree with himself, of concealing that science, and making it the vehicle for music as pleasing as it is learned. Nowhere has he achieved more." 

Daniel Anglés-Alcázar, an astronomer at Northwestern University, said, “science is very useful for finding our place in the universe.” It should be said that music is very useful for finding our place in our world.

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Concert run time: 80-85 minutes including a 15-minute intermission

Conductors:  Reuben Blundell, Mark Seto


Aaron DaiTwilight Song (World Premiere)
Aaron Dai Composer
Jennifer HigdonSoliloquy for English Horn and Orchestra (Friday 10/25 only)
Jason Smoller English horn
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartConcerto No. 4 in E-flat Major, K.495 (Friday 10/25 only)
Carl Maria von WeberAndante & Rondo ongarese, J.158, op. 35 (Saturday 10/26 only)
Tilden Marbit Bassoon
Franz Joseph HaydnConcerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob.Viid:4 (Saturday 10/26 only)
Jessie MontgomeryStarburst
Wolfgang Amadeus MozartSymphony No. 41 in C major, K.551 "Jupiter"

Featured Artists

Adam Schommer

Saturday, 10.26

Franz Joseph Haydn: Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob.Viid:4

Adam Schommer is a freelance horn player in the New York metropolitan area. He serves as adjunct faculty teaching horn at Lehman College and Nyack College. Mr. Schommer has appeared with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Bronx Opera Company, United States Military Academy West Point Band, Opera Company of the Highlands, Hudson Opera Theatre, New Rochelle Opera, New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera, and Orchestra of the Bronx. Mr. Schommer has had …

Tilden Marbit

Saturday, 10.26

Carl Maria von Weber: Andante & Rondo ongarese, J.158, op. 35

Tilden Marbit, a native New Yorker, started his musical training on piano when he was four. Later accepted into LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts for piano, Tilden was required to choose an orchestral instrument other than the piano. He never dreamed that the bassoon would soon consume his world. Tilden was accepted into McGill University’s School of Music as one of its first Schulich Scholars. He studied under the aegis of Stephane Levesque, principal bassoon of the Montreal …

Peter DelGrosso

Friday, 10.25

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No. 4 in E-flat Major, K.495

Enjoying his work as a bright and energetic musician, Peter DelGrosso has found home as a horn player, educator, and composer/arranger in New York City. As a performer he has traveled through China as principal horn of The Philadelphia Festival Orchestra, to Saas-Fee, Switzerland as the horn player for the Talis Festival & Academy, and as a member and arranger for groups playing in Stockholm, Sweden and Cartagena, Columbia. Most recently Peter was a guest artist and brass clinician for …

Jason Smoller
English horn

Friday, 10.25

Jennifer Higdon: Soliloquy for English Horn and Orchestra

Jason Smoller maintains an active freelance performance career in New York City, where he plays regularly with the Handel Festival Orchestra, The Chelsea Symphony, and the Greenwich Village Orchestra. In 2017, he gave the New York Premiere of the English Horn Concerto by Peteris Vasks with The Chelsea Symphony.

In addition to concerts in many of New York’s most iconic venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, he has appeared with orchestras around the United …

Aaron Dai

Friday, 10.25, Saturday, 10.26

Aaron Dai: Twilight Song

A graduate of Columbia University and Mannes School of Music, Aaron Dai began studying piano at the age of 5 and went on to win the UNICEF Youth Concerts Competition three times by the age of 15. He has concertized around the country, performing in New York venues such as CAMI Hall, Steinway Hall, and Symphony Space, and cities including Philadelphia, Houston, Phoenix, and San Francisco. Aaron studied with Rachael M. Perez Hayes and Denise Kahn. Other studies include accompaniment …


The 2020-21 season is Reuben’s ninth conducting The Chelsea Symphony, where he’s also a violinist and sometimes concertmaster. It’s his seventh 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 …