January 20-21


Se Souvenir

Friday | 1.20.23 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 1.21.23 | 8:00 PM

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 West 37th Street

History is not always known for its preservation of women’s contributions to their fields, and music is no exception. Led by Co-Artistic Director Matthew Aubin and Artistic Director Laureate Miguel Campos Neto, this all-French program sees the US premiere of Augusta Holmès’s Roland Furieux, a fantastical work from 1867 based on Ludovico Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando Furioso that only received its first performance in 2019. Saturday evening also features two works originally written for saxophone and orchestra by women whose music is still largely under recognized today: Paule Maurice’s programmatic Tableaux de Provence, featuring Rob Wilkerson, and Fernande Decruck’s Sonata in C# for viola and orchestra, performed by Mitsuru Kubo. The World Premiere of Pierre Thilloy's Liberty and Camille Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Candace Chien round out the weekend.

Now livestreaming both nights, free on YouTube:


Pierre Thilloy


(World Premiere)

Camille Saint-Saëns

Piano Concerto No. 2

(Friday Only)

Candace Chien, Piano
Paule Maurice

Tableaux de Provence

(Saturday Only)

Rob Wilkerson, Saxophone
Fernande Breilh Decruck

Sonata in C# for Viola and Orchestra

(Saturday Only)

Mitsuru Kubo, Viola
Augusta Holmès

Roland Furieux

(US Premiere)

Featured Artists

Candace Chien

Friday, 1.20

Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2

Lauded for her “particularly lovely” playing and “boundless creativity”, collaborative pianist Candace Chien is an active performer and teacher in the New York City area. Recent concert season appearances includes performances at Kimmel Center Perelman Hall and Academy of Music, Five Boroughs Music Festival, New Hampshire Music Festival, collaborations with Fresh Squeezed Opera and Opera On Tap and more. She continues her role as pianist for On Site Opera, including a featured performance at Caramoor’s summer season alongside Stephanie Blythe …

Rob Wilkerson

Saturday, 1.21

Paule Maurice: Tableaux de Provence

Saxophonist Rob Wilkerson is an accomplished leader, composer, ensemble member, and educator. He is a long-standing member of Grammy-nominated ensembles Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society and the Alan Ferber Big Band, and he has performed and recorded with the critically-acclaimed Jihye Lee Orchestra. From 2005 to 2022 he toured the world with Michael Bublé, performing in numerous television appearances and on Grammy and Juno Award-winning albums. As a classical artist, Rob has been a featured soloist with The Chelsea Symphony …

Mitsuru Kubo

Saturday, 1.21

Fernande Breilh Decruck: Sonata in C# for Viola and Orchestra

Mitsuru Kubo is a homegrown, dynamic musician. You could say she began studying music in the womb, while her mother studied piano performance in college. A native of Seattle, Mitsuru grew up in a home that revolved around music; she even lived with her first piano teacher - her mother! She rebelled against convention at the age of 7 by choosing the viola as her primary instrument. The highlight of her early musical life was as a devoted member of …


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 …

Holding a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting from New York’s “Mannes School of Music,” Miguel Campos Neto is in his 12th season as the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Theatro da Paz Symphony Orchestra in Belém, northern Brazil. He also serves as Chief Conductor of its Opera Festival, and the Altino Pimenta Symphony Orchestra, of the Federal University of Pará. For 12 years he served as Chief Conductor of the Vale Musica Youth Orchestra and for 4 years …