December 1



Friday | 12.1.23 | 8:00 PM

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

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and TCS is thrilled to perform some of our holiday favorites! We begin with classics such as the Prelude to Hänsel und Gretel and The Nutcracker Suite. Violinist Aviv Zalcenstein (violin) performs Saint-Saëns showpiece, Havanaise. Closing out the night are two long-standing TCS traditions: Aaron Dai's The Night Before Christmas, featuring Scandal's Bellamy Young as our guest narrator, and Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride! As you may remember from last year's viral sensation, we will be raffling off tickets that evening to give an audience member the chance to conduct Sleigh Ride, so don't miss a chance to join TCS on stage this holiday season!

Conductor:  Matthew Aubin, Mark Seto


Engelbert HumperdinckPrelude to Hänsel und Gretel
Camille Saint-Saëns

Havanaise, Op.83

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

The Nutcracker Suite, Op. 71a

Leroy AndersonSleigh Ride
Aaron Dai

The Night Before Christmas

Bellamy Young, Guest Narrator

Featured Artists

Bellamy Young
Guest Narrator

Friday, 12.1

Aaron Dai: The Night Before Christmas

Bellamy Young is best known for her role of Mellie Grant on ABC's Scandal. LA was kind to her (Promised Land, Prodigal Son, The Waltons, Wrinkle in Time, We Were Soldiers, Mission Impossible:3), but she is happy to be back in her heart's home of NYC. On Broadway, she was Mary in Cy Coleman's The Life; off Broadway, Meg in Susan Shulman's Merrily We Roll Along revival. Other favorite collaborations include being Margaret in the Randy …

Aviv Zalcenstein

Friday, 12.1

Camille Saint-Saëns: Havanaise, Op.83

NYC-based violinist Aviv Zalcenstein has performed in all major concert halls in New York with a number of different ensembles.  Aviv performs regularly with the Chelsea Symphony and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. When not fighting to lower drug prices in his day job, he enjoys chamber music, board games, and cats.


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 …

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. Highlights of his 2023-24 season include performances with violinist Itzhak Perlman, violinist Randall Goosby, and clarinetist Anthony McGill, and the inauguration of The …