October 29-30



Friday | 10.29.21 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 10.30.21 | 8:00 PM

St. Paul's Church

315 West 22nd Street

In these concerts, we honor the loved ones we have lost. Tim Kiah’s new work remembers our dear friend Kurt Behnke, a longtime cellist with TCS. The series also features the premiere of Kamala Sankaram’s 91919 (10/30), a moving meditation on grief. Franz Schubert’s lyrical Unfinished Symphony, a work some scholars believe was inspired by personal trauma, demonstrates the power of music to provide solace. Concertos by Camille Saint-Saëns (10/29), Lars-Erik Larsson (10/29), and Arvo Pärt (10/30) round out the program.


Camille Saint-Saëns

Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 16

(Friday only)

Violet Wang, Cello
Lars-Erik Larsson

Trombone Concertino, Op. 45, No. 7

(Friday only)

Morgan Fite, Trombone
Arvo Pärt


(Saturday only)

Veronica Riner, Violin
Kamala Sankaram


(World Premiere, Saturday only)

Tim Kiah

Our Dear Friend

Tim Kiah, Composer
Franz Schubert

Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759 "Unfinished"

Featured Artists

Violet Wang

Friday, 10.29

Camille Saint-Saëns: Suite for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 16

Violet Wang is grateful to make her concerto debut with The Chelsea Symphony! Born and raised in Taiwan, she followed the expected rigorous path of classical music training from third grade, with very little questioning why. She graduated from National Taiwan Normal University with a major in Cello, was mentored by Ling-Yi Ou Yang, and took a minor in Piano. When a Musical Theatre Workshop held in Taipei in her college freshman year sparked her curiosity in acting, she began …

Morgan Fite

Friday, 10.29

Lars-Erik Larsson: Trombone Concertino, Op. 45, No. 7

Morgan Fite joined the Chelsea Symphony in the spring of 2017, a concert he remembers fondly as the first time he got to play Star Wars in an orchestra. He is a member of Hint of Lime Brass, along with Sarah Ford (2nd Horn Colorado Springs Philharmonic) and Nicole Gilloti (Trumpet Professor Texas A&M International).

Before the pandemic, Morgan was a freelancer in New York City, performing with various groups. While there, he and his colleague Kevin Barnes founded the …

Veronica Riner

Saturday, 10.30

Arvo Pärt: Fratres

Arizona native and violinist Veronica Riner is a passionate and introspective performer and teacher. After completing her Bachelor of Music at Northern Arizona University, she moved to Boston to pursue a Master of Music at the Boston Conservatory in 2018 under the tutelage of Katie Lansdale. Throughout her education, Veronica has enjoyed an active career as a performing violinist. She has served as a member of orchestras such as the Flagstaff Symphony and the Phoenix Symphony. As a chamber musician, …

Brian Thompson

Saturday, 10.30

Kamala Sankaram: 91919

Brian Thompson is a NYC based music teacher and freelance violist and violinist. Brian holds a masters in viola performance from The Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College and Suzuki certification from The School for Strings. Collaborating with a variety of ensembles ranging from The Chelsea Symphony to The Dream Unfinished, Brian seeks a diversity of musical experience. When not performing, Brian is on faculty at The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music as well as maintaining a private studio in Brooklyn.

Tim Kiah

Friday, 10.29, Saturday, 10.30

Tim Kiah: Our Dear Friend

Tim Kiah is a Brooklyn-based composer, vocalist, and bassist. He has been commissioned by Chamber Music America, Lincoln Center, La Mama Theatre, the Washington Square Winds, the Gusto Chamber Players, and the Northern Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in Newcastle, England. His works have been premiered at venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and have been broadcast on NPR. He is a member and composer of The Chelsea Symphony.

Upon moving to New York, Kiah, a registered nurse, formed a …


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 …