October 27-28



Friday | 10.27.23 | 8:00 PM
Saturday | 10.28.23 | 8:00 PM

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

Conductor Reuben Blundell directs an evocative program from the late Romantic era. Johannes Brahms’s Third Symphony, a work of remarkable emotional subtlety, draws inspiration from the composer’s motto Frei aber froh (“Free but happy”). Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade in A Minor, written when the composer was in his early twenties, juxtaposes vigor and lyricism. Friday’s program features Édouard Lalo’s dramatic Cello Concerto; Saturday’s concert includes the enchanting Flute Concerto by Carl Reinecke.

Conductor:  Reuben Blundell


Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Ballade in A Minor

Édouard Lalo

Cello Concerto in D minor

Carl ReineckeFlute Concerto in D Major, op. 283
Sarah Abrams, Flute
Johannes Brahms

Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op.90

Featured Artists

Christopher Kingdon Schrade James

Friday, 10.27

Édouard Lalo: Cello Concerto in D minor

Christopher Kingdon Schrade James is the son of concert pianists Robelyn Schrade-James and David James. Christopher’s grandparents, Rolande and Robert Schrade, founded a music festival near the Berkshires called Sevenars Concerts, which has been running for over 50 years. Christopher was raised with music filling the home and with annual family performances at Sevenars, and his performances are filled with his love for and memories of his family. Christopher performed at Carnegie Weill this past April 27th with his sister, …

Sarah Abrams

Saturday, 10.28

Carl Reinecke: Flute Concerto in D Major, op. 283

Sarah Abrams is a New York City based flutist. In addition to flute and piccolo, Sarah doubles on multiple woodwind instruments. She currently freelances in the city in a wide array of ensembles, performing with various pit orchestras, institutions, and orchestras, including the Chelsea Symphony.

Sarah holds a Master of Music degree from New York University, where she studied with Keith Underwood and Soo-Kyung Park. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of …


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 …