Home for the Holidays

In an effort to create the safest environment possible while attending WMS performances, the Symphony’s “Safe Nights” protocol remains in effect. In an effort to create the safest environment possible while attending WMS performances, the Symphony’s “Safe Nights” protocol remains in effect. Patrons of all ages will be asked to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test (taken within 72 hours of the concert) for entry into the concert hall. All patrons will be required to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose while attending performances, regardless of vaccination status. Proof of one vaccine dose at least 2 weeks prior to the performance will be accepted for children ages 5-11. Those under the minimum age for vaccination are welcome with face-covering masks and proof of a negative test.


Teresa Cheung conductor
Nathaniel Stampley vocalist
Peter Kurdziel organ
WMS Children’s Choir

Joyful. Heartwarming. Pure family fun! Delight in the wonder of the season as your West Michigan Symphony brings you this festive collage of sights and sounds.

Highlights include:

  • Vocalist and Broadway star, Nathaniel Stampley
  • Angelic sound of the WMS Children’s Choir
  • A rousing organ prelude
  • Cheerful audience carol sing-along
  • Your favorite holiday music: selections from the Nutcracker, Sleigh Ride, White Christmas, O Holy Night, more!

PROGRAM:
Carol Rhapsody
(organ prelude) – Richard Purvis
O Tannenbaum – Traditional, arr. Carmen Dragon
Fantasia on Greensleeves – Ralph Vaughan Williams
O Come, All Ye Faithful – John Francis Wade, arr. Paul Langford
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Martin & Blane, arr. Carmen Dragon
“Trepak” from The Nutcracker – Tchaikovsky
Angels We Have Heard on High –Traditional, arr. Trevor Manor
“Pine Forest in Winter” from The Nutcracker – Tchaikovsky
“Waltz of the Snowflakes” from The Nutcracker– Tchaikovsky

Intermission

Deck the Halls – Traditional, arr. Carmen Dragon
Winter Wonderland – Felix Bernard, arr. Gary Fry
White Christmas – Irving Berlin, arr. John Moss
O Holy Night – Adolphe Adam, arr. Carmen Dragon
Sleigh Ride – Leopold Mozart
Winter With You – Pinkzebra
Carol of the Bells – Mikola Leontovich, arr. Richard Hayman
Christmas Singalong – John Finegan: Christmas Singalong

Tickets: $30-69

Students: $10

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TERESA CHEUNG
Currently celebrating her 13th Anniversary Season as Music Director of Pennsylvania’s Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Teresa Cheung is in frequent demand for symphonic, choral, operatic and balletic productions throughout the United States and Canada.

Teresa Cheung’s recent engagements have found her on the podia of the Amarillo, American, Bakersfield, Mid-Texas, Mobile, New Amsterdam (NYC), Phoenix, Portland, Stamford, Venice and Western Michigan symphony orchestras, Evansville, Fort Wayne and Rochester philharmonic orchestras, Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Brooklyn’s Regina Opera and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Additionally, she often appears as conductor for colleges and universities and with All State/All County orchestra festivals. She has also served as a conducting clinician for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ “Meet the Artist” program.

Teresa Cheung is widely known for her creative concert programming, collaborative projects and community outreach programs and for being a passionate advocate for music education for all ages. Since the beginning of her tenure in Altoona, Ms. Cheung has created numerous outreach programs that have engaged area children and high school musicians and choristers. The ASO has also performed with university ensembles from Penn State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Juniata College, while her vision of extending the Altoona Symphony’s artistry and reputation beyond Central Pennsylvania led to an acclaimed project with Pennsylvania Council for the Arts’ Commonwealth Speaker Karl Middleman in “Dvorák’s New World,” a Humanities on the Road program that was broadcast throughout Pennsylvania in December, 2011.

Teresa Cheung began her career as Resident Conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, where she was also conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic Chorus. Among her many artistic initiatives, she led the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra on its first international concert tour to Japan in 2002. Subsequently, she served as Resident Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor for the Bard Music Festival and SummerScape.

A native of Hong Kong, Teresa Cheung received her Masters Degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. She is also the recipient of the JoAnn Falletta Conducting Award for the most promising female conductors.

NATHANIEL STAMPLEY
Nathaniel Stampley, a Milwaukee native, is a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin where he received his Bachelors of Music Degree. Broadway credits include:  CATS, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, The Color Purple (original production and the revival), and The Lion King. He had the pleasure of playing “Mufasa” on the West End in the Disney UK’s The Lion King. National tours: The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Los Angeles NAACP Award nomination), Ragtime and Orpheus Returns. Off-Broadway performances: Big Love, Signature Theatre (NY); Fiorello! and Lost in the Stars, NY City Center’s Encores!; and The First Noel, Classical Theatre of Harlem (AUDELCO Nomination). Regional performances: The Bridges of Madison County (Joseph Jefferson nomination), Man of La Mancha (Joseph Jefferson Award Actor in a Principal Role-Musical) Marriott Theatre; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, The A.R.T.; Abyssinia, North Shore Music Theatre; Pacific Overtures, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Strike Up the Band and One Touch of Venus, Auditorium Theatre’s Ovations! series; Violet, Once on This Island and Big River (Joseph Jefferson Award nomination), Apple Tree Theatre; Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, and Man of La Mancha; Showboat, Sacramento Music Circus; The Skylight Music Theater’s Harriet, the Woman Called Moses, El Capitan, Girl Crazy, The King and I, Porgy and Bess (opera).

Nathaniel’s concerts include: The Marriage of Figaro and Songs from Around the World with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He recorded with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra (Naxos) and performed American Favorites from Gershwin to Copland and Home for the Holidays concerts. He performed Something Wonderful, a Rogers and Hammerstein tribute concert, at Lincoln Center; The Weill Music Institute concert series at Carnegie Hall: Musical Explorers and Link Up with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Other concerts include Lyrics and Lyricists and Musical Introduction Series at the 92Y, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, West Michigan Symphony, and Bernstein’s Mass and West Side Story with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Nathaniel directed 19 Secrets and Painted Red for Sacred Ground Productions. He was a voice artist on the animated series, NFL Rush Zone (Nick Toons). He also appeared on the hit television shows, Law & Order: SVU (NBC), The Blacklist (NBC) and Blue Bloods (CBS). He is an Artistic Associate at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. He is also a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow awarded by the Ten Chimneys Foundation with master teacher and mentor Ms. Phylicia Rashad.

PETER KURDZIEL
Peter Kurdziel has been the Director of Music at the Basilica of Saint Adalbert in Grand Rapids, Michigan since August of 2010. He earned degrees in organ from Hope College where he was a student of Huw Lewis and the University of Notre Dame where he was a student of Craig Cramer. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) where he was a student of Dana Robinson. In addition to the organ, Peter has also studied voice, conducting, harpsichord, and theology at the graduate level. He is the past dean of the Grand Rapids and Muskegon -Lakeshore Chapters of the American Guild of Organists. He has also served on the executive boards of the Grand Rapids Chapter of the National Pastoral Musicians and the West Michigan Symphony.

HOme for the holidays

Home for the Holidays

Fri 12.10.21 | 7:30 pm
$30-69

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In an effort to create the safest environment possible while attending WMS performances, the Symphony’s “Safe Nights” protocol remains in effect. In an effort to create the safest environment possible while attending WMS performances, the Symphony’s “Safe Nights” protocol remains in effect. Patrons of all ages will be asked to provide proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test (taken within 72 hours of the concert) for entry into the concert hall. All patrons will be required to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose while attending performances, regardless of vaccination status. Proof of one vaccine dose at least 2 weeks prior to the performance will be accepted for children ages 5-11. Those under the minimum age for vaccination are welcome with face-covering masks and proof of a negative test.


Teresa Cheung conductor
Nathaniel Stampley vocalist
Peter Kurdziel organ
WMS Children’s Choir

Joyful. Heartwarming. Pure family fun! Delight in the wonder of the season as your West Michigan Symphony brings you this festive collage of sights and sounds.

Highlights include:

  • Vocalist and Broadway star, Nathaniel Stampley
  • Angelic sound of the WMS Children’s Choir
  • A rousing organ prelude
  • Cheerful audience carol sing-along
  • Your favorite holiday music: selections from the Nutcracker, Sleigh Ride, White Christmas, O Holy Night, more!

PROGRAM:
Carol Rhapsody
(organ prelude) – Richard Purvis
O Tannenbaum – Traditional, arr. Carmen Dragon
Fantasia on Greensleeves – Ralph Vaughan Williams
O Come, All Ye Faithful – John Francis Wade, arr. Paul Langford
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Martin & Blane, arr. Carmen Dragon
“Trepak” from The Nutcracker – Tchaikovsky
Angels We Have Heard on High –Traditional, arr. Trevor Manor
“Pine Forest in Winter” from The Nutcracker – Tchaikovsky
“Waltz of the Snowflakes” from The Nutcracker– Tchaikovsky

Intermission

Deck the Halls – Traditional, arr. Carmen Dragon
Winter Wonderland – Felix Bernard, arr. Gary Fry
White Christmas – Irving Berlin, arr. John Moss
O Holy Night – Adolphe Adam, arr. Carmen Dragon
Sleigh Ride – Leopold Mozart
Winter With You – Pinkzebra
Carol of the Bells – Mikola Leontovich, arr. Richard Hayman
Christmas Singalong – John Finegan: Christmas Singalong