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Friday | 12.2.22 | 8:00 PM

St. Paul's Church, 315 West 22nd Street

As the year nears its end, The Chelsea Symphony returns home to its roots, performing light classical and holiday pops favorites from its repertoire. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Christmas Overture opens the evening in fanfare with luscious settings of traditional Christmas carols. Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy and Gerald Finzi’s Five Bagatelles feature long-time members of the orchestra, Joseph Morag and Christine Todd, respectively. Closing out the night are two long-standing TCS traditions: Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride led by a past holiday raffle winner, and Aaron Dai’s The Night Before Christmas, featuring a special guest narrator.

Conductor:  Reuben Blundell, Mark Seto

Program

Samuel Coleridge-TaylorChristmas Overture
Max Bruch

Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46

Joseph Morag, Violin
Gerald Finzi

Five Bagatelles

Christine Todd, Clarinet
Leroy AndersonSleigh Ride
Aaron Dai

The Night Before Christmas

Eve Plumb, Guest Narrator
Aaron Dai, Composer

Featured Artists

Eve Plumb
Guest Narrator

Friday, 12.2

Aaron Dai: The Night Before Christmas


Eve Plumb started her acting career at age 6 performing in TV commercials. She is well remembered for her portrayal of “Jan” on “The Brady Bunch”, as well as TV movies such as “Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway” and “Little Women”.   Stage credits include “Love, Loss, and What I Wore”, “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage”, “Unbroken Circle”, and regional theatre work throughout the United States. Eve has proudly been part of three “Broadway Backwards” performances for …

Joseph Morag
Violin

Friday, 12.2

Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46


Joseph Morag, acclaimed by the New York Times for his "gorgeous tone," and "physically expressive cues,” has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral violinist. He studied with Aaron Rosand under the prestigious Dolan Prize, awarded by Columbia University. Joseph has also studied conducting under Joshua Gersen at the New York Youth Symphony’s Apprentice Conducting Program, Victor Yampolsky at the Wintergreen Music Festival, and Michael Jinbo at the Monteux Festival. In 2019, he was music director of the …

Christine Todd
Clarinet

Friday, 12.2

Gerald Finzi: Five Bagatelles


Clarinetist Christine Todd began performing with The Chelsea Symphony in 2008. A CPA, Christine holds an MBA from Columbia University and BA/BS degrees in German and accounting from Binghamton University. Since completing her studies and pursuing her professional career in New York (formerly the Vice President and CFO of The Juilliard School, and now CFO of the Kaufman Music Center), Christine has performed with many area musical organizations in addition to The Chelsea Symphony, including the New York Repertory Orchestra, …

Aaron Dai
Composer

Friday, 12.2

Aaron Dai: The Night Before Christmas


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 …

Conductor

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 …

Mark Seto leads a wide-ranging musical life as a conductor, scholar, teacher, and violinist. He is Artistic Director and Conductor of The Chelsea Symphony in New York City, and Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music at Brown University, where he directs the Brown University Orchestra and teaches courses in music history, theory, and conducting.

Since Mark’s tenure with The Chelsea Symphony began in 2011, the ensemble has strengthened its commitment to new music by programming dozens of …