May 13-14



Friday | 5.13.22 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 5.14.22 | 8:00 PM

St. Paul's Church

315 West 22nd Street

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique Symphony, the composer’s final masterpiece, plumbs the depths of human expression in one of the most poignant works in the symphonic repertoire. Jennifer Higdon’s Oboe Concerto, like the Tchaikovsky, features moments of exquisite tenderness and beauty. In the composer’s words, the piece highlights the instrument’s “extraordinary lyrical gift.” A new work by TCS Resident Composer Aaron Dai opens the concert.

Conductors:  Nell Flanders, Mark Seto


Aaron Dai

New Work

Aaron Dai, Composer
Jennifer Higdon

Oboe Concerto

(Friday only)

Phil Rashkin, Oboe
Jennifer Higdon

Oboe Concerto

(Saturday only)

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique"

Featured Artists

Aaron Dai

Friday, 5.13, Saturday, 5.14

Aaron Dai: New Work

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 …

Phil Rashkin

Friday, 5.13

Jennifer Higdon: Oboe Concerto

Phil Rashkin is a conductor, pianist, oboist, and composer based in New York City. He is the music director of Opera Upper West, the assistant conductor of the Manhattan Symphonie, and oboist with the Downtown Music at Grace chamber music series with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. He conducts the Wind Ensemble at the Special Music High School and teaches at Mannes Prep Pre-College at The New School, The Horace Mann School, and Manhattan School of Music Summer. He …

Michael Dwinell

Saturday, 5.14

Jennifer Higdon: Oboe Concerto

Michael Dwinell is an oboist and orchestra administrator based in New York City. Recent projects include virtual performances with the Chelsea Symphony and the Socially Distant Orchestra, concerts with Bergen Symphony, New Amsterdam Opera, the Riverside Orchestra, Mozart for Munchkins, and as part of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s 2019 Young Artist Series. Previous credits include Broadway reviews at the Madison Theatre featuring Liz Calloway, Annie Golden, Howard McGillin, and many more, the South Shore Symphony’s concert production of Hit …


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 …