Meet The Orchestra

Celebrating it’s 15th season, Metro Chamber Orchestra remains the only resident professional classical music group playing solely to Brooklyn. The orchestra includes veteran players of the New York Philharmonic, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and major Broadway productions. MCO is dedicated to enriching Brooklyn’s cultural infrastructure by premiering modern works from new composers and keeping each concert program diverse.

Philip Nuzzo, Artistic Director/Principal Conductor

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Philip Nuzzo has had a highly diverse performing career, which has brought him international recognition. He has held the post of Music Director of the Mississippi Opera and Principal Guest conductor of the Cairo Symphony. His guest conducting has led him from the Great Wall of China to the Pyramids and many places in between. Mo. Nuzzo is Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra Filarmonica Campana in Naples, Italy

Now beginning his 15th season as Artistic Director of Brooklyn’s Metro Chamber, his varied repertoire and easy manner have brought great success to this fine ensemble. He has led the MCO in almost 100 concerts in such diverse programming as the American debut of the opera “All Quiet on the Western Front”, and such varied works as the Berg “Violin Concerto” and Puccini’s “Turandot”. He has lead MCO in Debussy’s “L’Enfant Prodigue” Handel’s “Messiah” and works both in the standard repertoire and new works. Maestro Nuzzo is also dedicated to the works of women composers and last year commissioned the Triple Flute Concerto by Deon Neilson Price and “The Magic Garden” by Linda Marcel. His world premiere recording of the “Oneness” violin concerto by Dr. Price, released on Naxos, was singled out by the Grammy nominating committee for both the work and performance. Last season he revisited the music of Deon Price with the premiere of her song cycle “To the Children of War” with text by Maya Angelou.

Recent engagements have included concerts with the Venice Chamber Orchestra, Italy’s Zenith 2000 Ensemble, Vienna’s Kunstler Ensemble, the Orchestera P.I. Tchaikvosky in gala concerts in Amalfi and Maratea to open the 16th annual Irno Festival. In July 2014, Maestro Nuzzo led a celebrated performance of the Mahler Fourth Symphony with the Kunstler Ensemble in Vienna, on the anniversary of Mahler’s birth. Last season he traveled to Venice leading programs of works by Rossini and Wagner.

For the 2017-2018 season, he leads the Metro Chamber Orchestra in 5 varied programs featuring works from Shostakovich and Stravinsky to Schoenberg. On October 8, 2017 he leads the Metro Chamber Orchestra Fifteenth Anniversary Gala at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Later in the fall he returns Pagani, Italy to conduct music of Beethoven and De Falla.

Nathaniel Chase, Assistant Conductor & Bassist

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Nathaniel Chase is the assistant conductor of the Metro Chamber Orchestra of New York City and appears as a conductor and bassist throughout the tri-state area. Mr. Chase was the conductor of the Westchester Amateur Musicians Orchestra from 2012-16, has appeared as a guest conductor with the South Orange Symphony, the Mimesis Ensemble, and on the New England Conservatory Composers’ Series. He was a conducting consultant on Season 2 of the TV series Mozart in the Jungle, coaching Gael García Bernal, who received a Golden Globe for his performance in that season.

His performances as a bassist range from the standard orchestral repertoire with the Allentown, PA Symphony and Metro Chamber Orchestra to contemporary music with Le Train Bleu and early music with The Sebastians. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory and the Yale School of Music, where he was a winner of the 2010 Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition.

Una Tone, Concert Master

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Melody Giron, Principal Cello

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Cellist Melody Giron was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She began her musical studies at four, at the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School where she studied cello and voice. An award winning cellist, Melody gave her debut solo performance at the age of ten at the Commander’s Mansion in in Watertown, MA. She has since performed in concert halls in China, Europe, South America, Central America and the United States with orchestras, chamber groups, and as a soloist. Performances include venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York), Symphony Hall (Boston, MA), Jordan hall (Boston, MA) Snape Maltings Concert Hall (Aldeburgh, England), Radio City Music Hall (New York) and Madison Square Garden (New York) among many others. A versatile player, Melody is involved in a diverse array of projects. Since moving to New York City, has been invited as guest principal chair of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Symphony, and Contemporary Sax Project. She performed in the Off- Broadway production of The Sandbox at Signature Theatre Company. She performed with Stevie Wonder for crowds of over 35,000 people, at venues like Madison Square Garden, she can be seen in the orchestra section of America’s Got Talent, and is currently featured in a GMC car commercial, airing nationally. Melody recently soloed with the Metro Chamber Orchestra, performing Arbeit Macht Frei by grammy-nominated composer David Chesky. She is frequently invited to lead many NYC orchestras and chamber ensembles. Melody’s summer engagements have included performances at renowned music festivals such as, Britten-Pears Young Artiste Programme (England), Penderecki Academy (Poland/Germany/Netherlands), Aims Graz (Austria), Luslawice Academy Orchestra (Poland), The International Holland Music Sessions (Netherlands), and Siena Music Festival (Italy). Melody has performed in master classes with The Takacs Quartet, Elmar Oliveira, Reinhard Latzko, Eleonore Schoenfeld, Orlando Cole, Charlie Castleman, The Peabody Trio, Dmitri Ferschtman, Benjamin Zander, James Buswell, among many others. Melody earned her bachelor’s degree in cello performance from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where she studied with Natasha Brofsky. She earned her master’s degree in cello performance from the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore under the tutelage of Alan Stepansky. For more information please visit http://www.melodygiron.com

 

Pedro Vizzarro Vallejos, Viola

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Pedro is an Argentine-American violist. He regularly performs in a variety of styles: orchestral repertoire with the Metro Chamber Orchestra, chamber-dance collaborations with Artists By Any Other Name, new compositions with the Curiosity Cabinet, authentic tangos with Binelli’s Astoria Tango Orchestra, and Dominican folk music with La Camerata Washington Heights. His recent performances include concerts in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, The Gardner Museum (Boston), BAM Fishman Space, Grainger Studios (Adelaide) and the Adelaide Town Hall. He’s appeared twice as soloist with La Camerata Washintion Heights at Aaron Davis Hall in City College. In 2017, he helped in the founding of the Young Artist Exchange festival in Adelaide, Australia, where he is faculty. He is a founding member of the Washington Heights Community Conservatory, where he teaches violin and viola. The Conservatory offers full scholarships and instruments to all its students in the community. As an arranger, his most recent project involved reducing Debussy’s La Boîte à Joujoux ballet into a piano quintet with auxiliary percussion (collaboration with Harmonnia Junus). It had its staged premier in Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Grainger Studio. He has degrees from Hunter and Brooklyn College, where he studied privately with Ji-Hyun Son and chamber music with Fred Zlotkin.

 

Christopher Bush, Principal Clarinet

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Christopher Bush holds the position of Principal Clarinet with the Metro Chamber Orchestra as well as the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra. He was a founding member of the contemporary ensemble, Callithumpian Consort. Previously Principal Clarinetist with the Boston Civic Symphony, Christopher has also performed with the Boston Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, New York String Orchestra, Indian Hill Symphony, Cape Cod Symphony, Nashua Symphony, Granite State Opera, Granite State Symphony, New England Philharmonic, Westchester Chamber Symphony, DiCapo Opera, Seoul Philharmonic, and the North Country Chamber Players. Christopher has also performed as a soloist with the Glens Falls Symphony, the New England Conservatory Symphony, and the New York University Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Co-Founder of the Summerland Music Society in upstate New York.

Mr. Bush has performed in concert series throughout the world, including Les Flaneries Musicales d’Ete in Reims, France, the Open Air Klassik Hoppegarten in Berlin, London  New Winds Festival (UK), the New School Concert Series, Harvard Group For New Music, Boston’s New Gallery Concert Series, NEC’s Keller Jazz Series, the Boston New Arts Initiative, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Young Artists Showcase, and New London’s Summer Music Series in New Hampshire. In Boston’s Jordan Hall, he has taken part in the Composer’s Series, Enchanted Circle Series, Tuesday New Music Series, and annual Festival Weeks. Additionally, Christopher has performed in New York’s Galapagos Art Space, The Tank, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Bush has worked with composers Gunther Schuller, Steve Reich, Frederic Rzewski, Lee Hyla, Alvin Lucier, Michael Finnissy, Joan Tower, Pozzi Escot, Lowell Liebermann, Paul Elwood, Michael Gandolfi, Walter Zimmermann, John Heiss, Tamar Diesendruck, and Malcolm Peyton on performances of their own music. With the Glens Falls Symphony, Christopher commissioned and premiered Michael Gandolfi’s  Anthem for solo clarinet and string orchestra. With frequent recital partner and pianist Carol Minor, Christopher has commissioned works from composers Yumi Hara Cawkwell, Curtis Hughes, Izzi Ramkissoon, Pozzi Escot, and Lawrence Dillon.  Israeli composer Guy Barash’s Talkback for Clarinet and Electronics was also written for Mr. Bush.

Christopher’s performances have been broadcast on WGBH (Boston) and KBS (Korea) radio stations. On television, Christopher has performed on the PBS special A Taste of Chanukah and Korea’s MBC, SBS, KBS, and Arirang networks. A featured soloist on the soundtrack to the Huntington Theatre’s production of Dead End, Christopher has also recorded for Albany Records and Mode Records.

Mr. Bush completed his M.M. and B.M. at the New England Conservatory and Ph.D. at New York University. Christopher has been on the faculties of the Boston Community Music Center, the Chestnut Hill School of Music, the Brimmer and May School, the Lincoln Public Schools, the Northampton Community Music Center, and Fidelity Mutual’s Future Stages project. He is currently the Orchestra Director at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT and the Executive Director and Clarinetist with the Summerland Music Society, a chamber music series in upstate NY. He is also on faculty at New York University, where he teaches Clarinet, Chamber Music, directs the Composers Ensemble, and is the Assistant Administrative Director of Woodwind Studies.