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.

Programming Note: The previously announced soloist for Friday's performance will unfortunately be unable to join us for the concert. In light of this unexpected turn of events, oboist Michael Dwinell will be performing Jennifer Higdon's Oboe Concerto on both nights.

Conductors:  Nell Flanders, Mark Seto


Aaron Dai


(World Premiere)

Aaron Dai, Composer
Jennifer Higdon

Oboe Concerto

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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

Featured Artists

Aaron Dai

Friday, 5.13, Saturday, 5.14

Aaron Dai: Lullaby

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 …

Michael Dwinell

Friday, 5.13, Saturday, 5.14

Jennifer Higdon: Oboe Concerto

Michael Dwinell is an oboist and orchestra administrator based in New York City. Recent performances include concerts with the Chelsea Symphony, Bergen Symphony, New Amsterdam Opera, 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 the Deck, Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of …


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 …