March 11-12



Friday | 3.11.22 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 3.12.22 | 8:00 PM

St. Paul's Church

315 West 22nd Street

In celebration of International Women’s Day, our March concerts showcase the artistry of women and non-binary musicians in our TCS community and beyond. The bassoon takes center stage each night with soloist Melissa Kritzer presenting the World Premiere of Scott A. Switzer’s Meditations and Reflexions (3/11 only) which is based on compositions by the medieval polymath Hildegard of Bingen, and soloist Nisreen Nor performs Miguel del Aguila’s Malambo (3/12 only). Both concerts are completed with Fernande Breilh Decruck's Partita for Strings, Brass and Timpani, and Florence Price’s Symphony No. 1.


Scott A. Switzer

Meditations and Reflexions

(World Premiere, Friday only)

Melissa Kritzer, Bassoon
Miguel del Aguila


(Saturday only)

Nisreen Nor, Bassoon
Fernande Breilh Decruck

Partita for Strings, Brass and Timpani

Florence Price

Symphony No. 1 in E Minor

Featured Artists

Melissa Kritzer

Friday, 3.11

Scott A. Switzer: Meditations and Reflexions

Dr. Melissa Kritzer is an experienced orchestral and chamber musician. Within the New York City area, Melissa has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the New Haven Symphony, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the United States Coast Guard Band, and the Reeds Amis trio. Melissa holds bassoon positions with the Mozart Orchestra of New York and the Binghamton Philharmonic.

In addition to her orchestral and solo playing, Melissa has collaborated with other musicians …

Nisreen Nor

Saturday, 3.12

Miguel del Aguila: Malambo

Brooklyn native, Nisreen Nor is a freelance bassoonist experienced in orchestral, chamber and solo music. Her early love of music, passed down from her parents, led her from voice, to clarinet, and tenor saxophone, before finally settling down with the bassoon at age fifteen. Within the New York area, she has performed with a variety of orchestras and chamber ensembles including Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, Trilogy: An Opera Company, Soulful Symphony, Mimesis Ensemble, the Greenwich Village Orchestra, and the String Orchestra …


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 …

Reuben Blundell has been a Chelsea Symphony conductor/violinist since 2012, enjoying collaborations with musicians, soloists, composers and other conductors. Conducting Aaron Dai’s The Night Before Christmas, first with B. D. Wong then Annie Golden narrating, he initiated, conducted and edited (in Premiere Pro) the orchestra’s 2020 remote performance, narrated by John Lithgow.

Blundell is Music Director of the Riverside Orchestra on the Upper West Side, rehearsing Mondays and performing five concerts each season. He also directs another outstanding community …