December 3



Friday | 12.3.21 | 8:00 PM

St. Paul's Church

315 West 22nd Street

Kick-off the season with TCS in swinging style as we perform Duke Ellington’s jazz arrangement of a holiday favorite, the Nutcracker Suite. Jeff Beal’s Concerto for Jazz Bass, written for the legendary John Patitucci, highlights both electric and upright instruments. The program wraps up with two TCS holiday traditions: Sleigh Ride conducted by an audience member, and Aaron Dai’s The Night Before Christmas with guest narrator, actor Christian Coulson, known for his roles in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, High Fidelity, and Mozart in the Jungle.

Conductor:  Matthew Aubin, Mark Seto


Duke Ellington

Nutcracker Suite (After Tchaikovsky)

Jeff Beal

Concerto for Jazz Bass

Justin Lee, Double Bass
Leroy AndersonSleigh Ride
Aaron Dai

The Night Before Christmas

Christian Coulson, Guest Narrator
Aaron Dai, Composer

Featured Artists

Christian Coulson
Guest Narrator

Friday, 12.3

Aaron Dai: The Night Before Christmas

Christian's work on stage includes: 'Richard II' (Pennsylvania Shakespeare), Constellations (The Old Globe), The Changeling (Red Bull), Travesties (McCarter), Everything You Touch (Rattlestick), Ghosts (The Gate, London), Journey's End (West End); on TV: The Equalizer, High Fidelity, Blue Bloods, Nashville, Mozart in the Jungle, Nurse Jackie, the Good Wife, Charles II, Little Britain. Recent audiobooks include: Dark Rises, The Stars We Share, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. Movies include: Bite Me, Love is Strange, Harry Potter and the …

Justin Lee
Double Bass

Friday, 12.3

Jeff Beal: Concerto for Jazz Bass

Justin Lee is a versatile upright and electric bassist, who performs regularly in a wide variety of styles. He is currently a member of the New York City based Chelsea Symphony Orchestra, The New Jersey Capital Philharmonic, MRB Jazz Project, founding member of the Power House Big Band and Bob Page Jazz Trio, as well as co-owner of Allemande Ensembles, LLC. Justin performed with the BBC America's Blue Planet II Underground pop-up orchestra. He recorded and performed for the KENZO/H+M …

Aaron Dai

Friday, 12.3

Aaron Dai: The Night Before Christmas

A graduate of Columbia University and the Mannes School of Music, Aaron Dai began studying piano at  the age of five and went on to win the UNICEF Youth Concerts Competition three times by the age of  fifteen. As a soloist and collaborative pianist, he has performed around the country and abroad, in New  York venues such as Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Symphony Space, and The Town Hall, and cities  including Dublin, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and San Francisco. …


A leader in the 21st century orchestral landscape, Dr. Matthew Aubin is constantly reaching new audiences through innovative performance formats and creative initiatives both on and off the podium.

The 2022-23 season kicks off Dr. Aubin’s inaugural year as Music Director of the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is Music Director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and serves as Artistic Director of The Chelsea Symphony. In his role at TCS, he has led highly visible collaborations with partners such …

Mark Seto leads a wide-ranging musical life as a conductor, scholar, teacher, and violinist. He is Artistic Director and Conductor of The Chelsea Symphony in New York City, and Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music at Brown University, where he directs the Brown University Orchestra and teaches courses in music history, theory, and conducting. Highlights of his 2023-24 season include performances with violinist Itzhak Perlman, violinist Randall Goosby, and clarinetist Anthony McGill, and the inauguration of The …