March 3-4



Friday | 3.3.23 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 3.4.23 | 8:00 PM

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

Travel has long been a source of inspiration for many artists, including composers. Conductor Nell Flanders opens this series on Friday with Ernest Chausson’s Poème, a work written while on holiday in Italy, performed by violinist Bryn Digney and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, featuring Nelly Rocha. Saturday features Thomas Purcell in Vivian Fung’s Violin Concerto No. 1, which draws inspiration from the composer’s experience preparing for a gamelan tour in Bali. Both evenings conclude with Johannes Brahms’s sunlit Symphony No. 2, a work he famously wrote while vacationing in southern Austria.

Conductor:  Nell Flanders


Ernst ChaussonPoème

(Friday Only)

Bryn Digney, Violin
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Variations on a Rococo Theme

(Friday Only)

Nelly Rocha, Cello
Vivian Fung

Violin Concerto No. 1

(Saturday Only)

Thomas Purcell, Violin
Johannes Brahms

Symphony No. 2

Featured Artists

Bryn Digney

Friday, 3.3

Ernst Chausson: Poème

New York City-based violinist Bryn Digney maintains a dynamic career as a freelance performer and educator. As a soloist, Bryn has appeared with the Chelsea Symphony and presented recitals at the National Opera Center. Also a passionate orchestral musician, she performs regularly with ensembles including the Chelsea Symphony, Opera Italiana, Protestra, and the Handel Festival Orchestra. Bryn has served as Instructor of Violin, Viola, and Chamber Music at New York University; previously, she taught at the Cambridge Center for Adult …

Nelly Rocha

Friday, 3.3

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme

Nelly Rocha has performed in Europe, Asia, Mexico and the United States in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Nelly participated in the Porgy and Bess National US tour and the Verbier Festival Orchestra European tour. She has performed with the Distinguished Concerts International New York Orchestra, Miami Symphony, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, National Lyric Opera, and Rhode Island Philharmonic. A passionate advocate of music by women, Nelly has performed recitals featuring female composers at the International …

Thomas Purcell

Saturday, 3.4

Vivian Fung: Violin Concerto No. 1


Active as a conductor, violinist, violist, pianist, and educator, Nell Flanders brings her dynamic musicality to performances in a wide variety of genres, from orchestral classics to contemporary music, tango, blues, and period instrument baroque. Ms. Flanders is currently the Director of Orchestral Activities at Idaho State University, where she leads the Idaho State-Civic Symphony and the ISU University Chamber Orchestra. From 2018-2021 she held the position of Georg and Joyce Albers-Schonberg Assistant Conductor with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, conducting …