December 11


Stars in the House: The Night Before Christmas feat. John Lithgow

Friday | 12.11.20 | 8:00 PM

Online event with Stars in the House:

Stars in the House with Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley features your favorite orchestra: The Chelsea Symphony!

Join us on Friday, December 11, at 8pm to share the virtual premiere of Aaron Dai's The Night Before Christmas featuring guest narrator JOHN LITHGOW.

Watch the show on YouTube by clicking the button below:

Tune in for this special virtual holiday event which will include conversation with members of TCS and a few of our friends and past Night Before Christmas narrators: BD WONG and CAROLINE RHEA.

The episode will conclude with the premiere of this year's socially distanced performance of our beloved annual tradition - Aaron Dai's The Night Before Christmas with conductor and video creative lead Reuben Blundell, our fantastic orchestra, and this year's special guest narrator JOHN LITHGOW.

Joining on behalf of TCS are: Resident Composer Aaron Dai, President + Executive Director Emily Wong, and co-Artistic Directors Mark Seto and Matthew Aubin.

Also featured on this Stars in the House episode are TCS members Nicholas Pappone, violin, and Candace Chien, piano, (aka the Alighieri Duo) who will perform William Kroll's lively Banjo and Fiddle, live from their living room.

See you on the livestream!

Special thanks to:
Kiwi Callahan
Spencer Carter
Alicia Furey
Emma Stack

Conductors:  Reuben Blundell


William Kroll

Banjo and Fiddle

Candace Chien, Piano
Aaron Dai

The Night Before Christmas

John Lithgow, Guest Narrator
Aaron Dai, Composer

Featured Artists

John Lithgow
Guest Narrator

Friday, 12.11

Aaron Dai: The Night Before Christmas

John Lithgow’s roots are in the theater. In 1973, he won a Tony Award three weeks after his Broadway debut, in David Storey’s “The Changing Room.” Since then he has appeared on Broadway twenty more times, earning five more Tony nominations, another Tony, four Drama Desk Awards, and induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame. His Broadway performances have included major roles in “My Fat Friend,” “Trelawney of the ‘Wells,’” “Comedians,” “Anna Christie,” “Bedroom Farce,” “Beyond Therapy,” “M. Butterfly,” “The …

Nicholas Pappone

Friday, 12.11

William Kroll: Banjo and Fiddle

Lauded as a “first rate” violinist by Maestro Lorin Maazel, Nicholas Pappone makes a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, sought-after orchestral player, and teacher in New York City. Growing up as a professional child actor in Los Angeles, performing the role of a prodigy violinist in a film inspired his interest in the instrument. Nicholas has performed with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Emerson String Quartet, the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Piano Trio, and …

Candace Chien

Friday, 12.11

William Kroll: Banjo and Fiddle

Lauded for her “particularly lovely” playing, collaborative pianist, Candace Marie Chien is a graduate of The Juilliard School, studying with Jonathan Feldman and Margo Garrett.  She received her Master’s degree in piano performance at the Manhattan of School of Music with the guidance of Jeffery Cohen and obtained her undergraduate degree in piano performance at Temple University under Professor Harvey Wedeen, and also completed an undergraduate there in Music Education, cum laude.  2019-20 season highlights include appearances at Church of …

Aaron Dai

Friday, 12.11

Aaron Dai: The Night Before Christmas

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 …