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. Bassoonist Melissa Kritzer presents the world premiere of Scott Switzer’s Meditations and Reflections (3/11), based on compositions by the medieval polymath Hildegard of Bingen. Nisreen Nor is the featured soloist in Miguel del Aguila’s Malambo (3/12), and Angela Shankar premieres a new concerto by TCS composer Michael Boyman. Florence Price’s First Symphony, a towering work by a musical trailblazer, anchors the program.


Scott Switzer

Meditations and Reflections

(World Premiere, Friday only)

Melissa Kritzer, Bassoon
Miguel del Aguila


(Saturday only)

Nisreen Nor, Bassoon
Mike Boyman

Clarinet Concerto

Angela Shankar, Clarinet
Mike Boyman, Composer
Florence Price

Symphony No. 1 in E Minor

Featured Artists

Melissa Kritzer

Friday, 3.11

Scott Switzer: Meditations and Reflections

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 …

Angela Shankar

Friday, 3.11, Saturday, 3.12

Mike Boyman: Clarinet Concerto

Clarinetist Angela Shankar has been balancing a career in both performance and education for the past 12 years in New York. In addition to performing regularly with The Chelsea Symphony, she is a member of Reeds Amis, a reed trio specializing in the music of the late female French composer, Fernande Decruck. You can see and hear Angela on the Golden Globe winning television series Mozart in the Jungle, including a solo passage from Messiaen's Abîme des oiseaux from the …

Mike Boyman

Friday, 3.11, Saturday, 3.12

Mike Boyman: Clarinet Concerto

Composer and violist Michael Boyman is always searching for the perfect balance of form and expression. His music often tells a story, whether from literature, visual art or personal experience, and he aims to present that story in the most vivid and emotionally intense way. Michael is the recipient of the BMI William Schuman Award and was recently featured in the 2017 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute. His music is published by Theodore Presser Company.

An alumnus of the New York …

Nisreen Nor

Saturday, 3.12

Miguel del Aguila: Malambo


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.

In his 5th season as Music Director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Aubin also serves as Artistic Director for The Chelsea Symphony in New York City. In this role he has led highly visible collaborations with partners such as actor John Lithgow, award-winning television series Mozart in the Jungle, …

Reuben joined The Chelsea Symphony as a conductor and violinist in 2012, conducting numerous premieres, concertos, symphonic works, and the orchestra’s 2020 virtual performance of Aaron Dai’s The Night Before Christmas with John Lithgow.

Current and recent activities include leading the Riverside Orchestra’s 50th year of concerts on the Upper West Side and Pennsylvania’s Lansdowne Symphony’s 75th, in Delaware County and Philadelphia. Reuben and Lansdowne recently launched a series of recordings of works by 20th century American female composers with …