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Rhea Shines at Chelsea Symphony Holiday Concert

Caroline Rhea, special guest narrator of “The Night Before Christmas,” at Chelsea Symphony’s Dec. 2 holiday concert. Photo by Steve Ullathorne.

Caroline Rhea, special guest narrator of “The Night Before Christmas,” at Chelsea Symphony’s Dec. 2 holiday concert. Photo by Steve Ullathorne.

Chelsea’s very own symphony delivers all of the high-caliber musicianship you’d expect, along with consistently innovative programming and an ongoing commitment to collaboration via “upending the traditional hierarchy of the classical orchestra” by having its members rotate as featured soloists, conductors, and composers.

Affable and wry Caroline Rhea (comedian, sitcom star and Reality TV host) adds some star power to Chelsea Symphony’s Dec. 2 holiday concert, when she appears as guest narrator of “Twas The Night Before Christmas,” which is recited to orchestral accompaniment.

Cellist Hsuanyu I is a soloist at the Dec. 2 concert. Photo courtesy Chelsea Symphony.

Cellist Hsuanyu I is a soloist at the Dec. 2 concert. Photo courtesy Chelsea Symphony.

Other concert selections include Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” Victor Herbert’s “March of the Toys,” and Ottorino Respighi’s “Adagio con variazioni” (with soloist Hsuanyu I, cello). Reuben Blundell and Mark Seto conduct.

The Symphony returns for concerts on Jan. 27/28, March 10/11, and April 21/22, at St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church. Their 2016-2017 season — whose “Flight Paths” theme is devoted to the music of composers who have been inspired by, or have immigrated to, the United States of America — concludes on June 3/4, at W. 37th St.’s DiMenna Center for Classical Music.

The Holiday Concert is performed on Fri., Dec. 2, 8pm, at St. Paul’s (315 W. 22nd St., btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves.). Suggested donation: $20 general admission at the door. For $25 unassigned seats in the premium reserved section, click on this link. For more info, visit chelseasymphony.org.

Scott Stiffler