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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.

Conductors:  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

Featured Artists

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 Columbia …

Christine Todd
Clarinet

Friday, 12.2

Gerald Finzi: Five Bagatelles


Christine Todd began performing with The Chelsea Symphony in 2008 and joined the board in 2010. Christine is an accountant and clarinetist – the former professionally and the latter for a love for music that developed when she began playing the clarinet in childhood, in upstate New York. A CPA, Christine holds an MBA from Columbia University and graduated with honors from Binghamton University with dual B.A./B.S. degrees in German and accounting. At Binghamton, Christine was principal clarinetist of the …

Conductors

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, 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 …