September 24-25



Friday | 9.24.21 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 9.25.21 | 8:00 PM

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music

450 West 37th Street

Our season opener celebrates the resilience of our community in times of adversity. Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town, written during the darkest days of World War II, depicts an exuberant romp through New York City. The very title of Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia comes from the ancient Greek words for “together” and “sound”—the essence of reuniting through music. The program opens with the New York City premiere of Valerie Coleman’s Seven O’Clock Shout, a tribute to the frontline workers who have sustained us through the pandemic.

Conductors:  Nell Flanders, Mark Seto


Valerie Coleman

Seven O'Clock Shout

(NYC Premiere)

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Violin Concerto in D Minor

(Friday only)

Jason Mellow, Violin
Leonard Bernstein

Serenade (After Plato's Symposium)

(Saturday only)

Missy Mazzoli

Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres)

Leonard Bernstein

Three Dance Episodes from On the Town

Featured Artists

Jason Mellow

Friday, 9.24

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Violin Concerto in D Minor

A native of New York City, Jason Mellow began playing violin at the age of 4. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes College of Music in New York, and in 2013 completed a Master of Music degree from Indiana University with a Dean’s Scholarship and a Music Merit Award. His teachers have included Professor Mark Kaplan and Dr. Ann Setzer. An avid performer of new music, Jason has participated in various ensembles, including the Mannes Contemporary Music …

Nicholas Pappone

Saturday, 9.25

Leonard Bernstein: Serenade (After Plato's Symposium)

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 …


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 …