“Home for the Holidays” also includes the WMS Children’s Choir
Muskegon, Michigan, November 10, 2018—Christmas music is ubiquitous from mid-November on, but there’s nothing like hearing it performed live by talented young voices backed by a full symphony orchestra. Area residents will have the opportunity to do just that when West Michigan Symphony presents “Home for the Holidays,” its annual Yuletide concert, at 7:30pm Friday, December 14 at the Frauenthal Theater. Guest conductor Teresa Cheung will lead the Orchestra along with the Reeths-Puffer High School Choirs and the WMS Children’s Choir in music from Miracle on 34th Street, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite, beloved seasonal tunes like “White Christmas” and “The Christmas Song,” and plenty of traditional carols. The concert is sponsored by Northern Trust and Warner Norcross + Judd.
Other songs include “Deck the Halls,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Away in a Manger,” “African Noel,” and “Dance of the Tumblers” from Tchaikovsky’s The Snow Maiden.
“We are delighted to feature these gifted young people in concert with West Michigan Symphony,” said Executive Director Andy Buelow. “Home for the Holidays is a concert for all ages, from young to old. We invite area residents to bring the whole family down to the Frauenthal to experience beautiful Yuletide favorites performed the way they should be—live, by real voices and a full symphony orchestra.”
A native of Hong Kong, Teresa Cheung is Music Director of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and in frequent demand for symphony, choral, operatic and balletic productions throughout the U.S. and Canada. Directed by Regina Schlaff, the Reeths-Puffer High School Choirs have collaborated with WMS several times before and consistently achieve Division I ratings at MSVMA District and state events. The WMS Children’s Choir is a high-quality choral group for ages 8–13. The ensemble is directed by Mrs. Beth Slimko, who also leads the North Muskegon Public School choir program. In addition to appearances with WMS, the Choir presents its own concerts in fall and spring at The Block, WMS’s intimate performance venue in downtown Muskegon.
Single tickets start at $28 for adults, $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 231.727.8001, in person at the Frauenthal Box Office at 425 W. Western Avenue, the WMS Ticket Office at 360 W. Western Avenue, or online at westmichigansymphony.org.