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Second Concert of the 77th Season

Holiday Celebration

Sunday, December 6th, 2015
Cordier Auditorium
Scott Humphries, Conductor

  Winter Wonderland Felix Bernard  
  Concert Suite from The Polar Express Alan Silvestri  
  The Bells of Christmas arr. Bob Krogstad  
  Christmas Singalong John Finnegan  
  Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson  
  With the Manchester Youth Strings  
  Cascade of Carols Andrew H. Dabczynski  
  Greensleeves arr. Nicholas Hare  
  Yuletide Season John Moss  
  Excerpts from Messiah George Frederic Handel  
  with the Manchester Symphony Chorus, the Manchester University
A Cappella Choir, and the Fairfield High School Chamber Singers
Dr. Debra Lynn, conducting

I. Sinfonia
II. Recit. -- "Comfort ye my people" (tenor)
III. Air -- "Every valley shall be exalted" (tenor)
IV. Chorus -- "And the glory of the Lord"
V. Recit. -- "Thus saith the Lord" (baritone)
VI. Air -- "But who may abide the day of His coming" (alto)
VII. Chorus -- "And he shall purify"
VIII. Recit. -- "Behold, a virgin shall conceive" (alto)
IX. Air & Chorus -- "O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion" (alto)
X. Recit. -- "For behold, darkness shall cover the Earth" (baritone)
XI. Air -- "The people that walked in darkness" (baritone)
XII. Chorus -- "For unto us a child is born"
XIII. Pifa
XIV. Recit. -- "There were shepherds abiding in the field" (soprano)
XV. Recit. -- "And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them" (soprano)
XVI. Recit. -- "And the angel said unto them" (soprano)
XVII. Recit. -- "And suddenly there was with the angel" (soprano)
XVIII. Chorus -- "Glory to God"
XIX. Air -- "Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter of Zion" (soprano)
XX. Chorus -- "Surely He hath borne our griefs"
XXI. Chorus -- "And with His stripes we are healed"
XXII. Chorus -- "All we like sheep have gone astray"
XXIII. Recit. -- "He was cut off out of the land of the living" (tenor)
XXIV. Air -- "But thou didst not leave his soul in hell" (tenor)
XXV. Chorus -- "Lift up your heads, o ye gates"
XXVI. Chorus -- "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain"
XXVII. Chorus -- "Hallelujah"

Shelley Ploss, soprano
Rebecca Dengler Kaufman, mezzo-soprano
Benjamin Kambs, tenor
Scott Avery, baritone
Soprano I -- Kathy Fry-Miller, Kenzie Hare, Shannon Lee, Judy Myers-Walls
Soprano II -- Beverly Eikenberry, Katherine Allen Haff, Emily Lynn, Bailey Short
Alto -- Britney march, Mykayla Neilson, Laura Stone, Janina Traxler
Tenor -- Angela Ebert, Ron Finney, Clayton Marcum, Paul Fry-Miller
Bass -- Grant Ebert, Joshua Plank, Michael Rueff, Hamilton Sadler

The Adams Program Notes by James R. C. Adams

  Winter Wonderland Felix Bernard

Felix Bernard is one of those composers whose music is very well known, but whose name is not. He was born in New York and died in Los Angeles. In his own day, he was very successful, producing one-act musical comedies for vaudeville, and touring in the States and abroad. He had his own radio show, and he wrote songs for such notables as Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, and Sophie Tucker. His best-known song is Winter Wonderland, published in 1934, and is probably the only song most people can remember. The lyricist was Richard B. Smith.

In case I am wrong about audiences not having heard of most of the other pieces Bernard wrote, here is a partial list: The Mailman's Got My Letter, Jane, You Opened My Eyes, I'd Rather Be Me, Cutest Kid in Town, Tomb Thumb and Tiny Teens, and The Whistlin' Cowboy.

  The Bells of Christmas arr. Bob Krogstad  

The distinctive and creative style of Bob Krogstad's arranging is apparent once again with this delightful and heartwarming holiday showcase for orchestra. With the clever weaving of several classic carols and holiday songs, this medley sparkles from beginning to end. Songs are: Carol of the Bells; Ding Dong Merrily on High; Jingle Bells; I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day; and Silver Bells.

  Concert Suite from The Polar Express Alan Silvestri
(b. 1950)

Alan Silvestri is a prolific composer of film scores, and surely all of you have heard his music. Among his film scores are Forest Gump, Back to the Future I, II, III, Cast Away, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Death Becomes Her, Contact, What Lies Beneath, Romancing the Stone, Cat's Eye, Fandango, The Abyss, Father of the Bride, The Bodyguard, Blown Away, Richie Rich, Judge Dredd, Contact, Stuart Little, The Mummy Returns, and, of course, The Polar Express. I could have gone on, but I'm low on ink.

The music for those movies is mostly orchestral, but he has also worked with electronic music in such films as The Clan of the Cave Bear, Delta Force, No Mercy, and The Flight of the Navigator.

Alan Silvestri was born in New York City and grew up in nearby Teaneck, New Jersey. Unlike so many successful composers, he did not come from a very musical family. He says that his family was "not interested in music." He began to show an interest in drums when he was three (but who didn't?). Some people credit this early interest in drumming to his notable sense of rhythm in his later years. By the time he was in high school, he had taught himself to play a number of instruments, but mostly the guitar.

He ascribes his career in films to an accident. He and his jazz band thought they had a contract, which turned out to be a fraud. To extract themselves, they went to Hollywood, where they made contact with a friend who wrote lyrics for some well-known performers. The friend got a phone call from a low-budget producer who mistakenly thought the friend was a composer instead of a lyricist. The friend put the caller on hold, and asked Silvestri if he wanted to do a film score. The deal was made. Silvestri was twenty years old.

Having no experience in composition, Silvestri went to a bookstore and bought a book called, How to Score a Film. He spent the night reading it, and met the director the next day. He was given two weeks to score the film. The film was called The Doberman Gang, and received fairly good reviews. Silvestri's career was launched.

  Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson

Leroy Anderson was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1908, and died in Woodbury, Connecticut, in 1975. He studied composition at Harvard with George Enesco and Walter Piston. Anderson became very active in musical circles. He was chairman of the board of review of the American Society of Composers, and was a board member of the New Haven and Hartford symphony orchestras. He was a linguist, fluent in nine languages, but specializing in German and Scandinavian ones. He served with U.S. Intelligence in Iceland and in the United States during the Korean War in 1951. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina. While working there in Military Intelligence, he found time to write several of his most popular works, such as Blue Tango.

He is best known for his attractive melodies and jaunty rhythms in such pieces as The Syncopated Clock and Sleigh Ride. He was also notable for his use of unconventional instruments, as in The Typewriter and The Sandpaper Ballet (yes, a typewriter and sandpaper were both used as instruments).

Anderson had been discovered by Arthur Fiedler, director of the Boston Pops Orchestra, and was championed by Fiedler, who invited him to conduct his own works with that orchestra. When he conducted The Typewriter, he did so wearing a green visor, with his sleeves rolled up, and pretending to be typing in time with the music.

Sleigh Ride is perhaps the most often performed Anderson work. The Manchester Symphony Orchestra plays it very often during the Holidays.

  Excerpts from Messiah George Frederic Handel

George (or Georg) Frideric Handel (or Händel), that German-born British subject who wrote Italian music, was a bundle of contradictions. The varied spelling of his name reflects the mobility of artists and composers common to that period. Names were often spelled according to the practice of the country of residence. He spelled his name "Handel" on his petition for British citizenship.

Handel had a complex personality. On the one hand, he was pious and sentimental to the point of crying over his own music when it dealt with the sufferings of the Lord. On the other hand, he had an uncontrollable temper which prompted associates to play practical jokes on him, sometimes resulting in violence. A prankster once untuned all the instruments just before a concert for the Prince of Wales, and Handel was so enraged that he picked up a kettle-drum and threw it at the concertmaster. He was persuaded to continue the concert only after the Prince made a personal plea.

Handel had no patience with incompetence, but he did have a sense of humor. When a singer complaining about Handel's style of accompaniment threatened to jump on the harpsichord and smash it to pieces, Handel calmly replied that if the singer gave ample warning, he would publicize the event, because he was sure that more people would come to watch the singer jump on a harpsichord than to hear him sing.

Handel was an almost exact contemporary of J.S. Bach, born in the same year and dying nine years later than Bach. They had similar backgrounds, came from the same part of Germany, were both devout Protestants, but they were temperamentally quite different. While Bach remained steadfastly middle class and spent his meager earnings on raising a large family, Handel was a cosmopolitan who traveled widely, made and lost fortunes, and mingled with the aristocracy and the intellectual elite.

He was overwhelmed by Italy, where he spent much time. His Italianate operas were very successful, and brought him great fame in England soon after he arrived there. In the span of less than forty years, he wrote forty-six operas, all in Italian style. When the public's interest in Italian opera began to wane, Handel began to work more in the oratorio form. His "second career" made him even more famous, and today he is known mostly for his oratorios, of which his Messiah is the most performed.


Manchester Symphony Orchestra Personnel

Violin I
Elizabeth Smith, Concertmaster
Kayla Michaels +^
Thomas Dean, Student concertmaster +^
Rachel Felver
Ilona Orban
Linda Kummernuss

Violin II
Joyce Dubach *
Wendy Kleintank
Paula Merriman
Alexandria Roskos +^
Tiffany Hanna +
Abby McVay +

Julie Sadler *
Carrie Shank +^
Margaret Sklenar
Renée Neher +^
Olivia Jenks +^
Courtney Yount +

Robert Lynn *
Michael Rueff +^
Chris Minning

Darrel Fiene *
Katie Huddleston +^

Kathy Davis *
Kathy Urbani
Alyssa Rocheck +^

George Donner *
Nyssa Tierney
Lila D. Hammer *
Mark W. Huntington
Angela Ebert +^

Erich Zummack *
Freddie Lapierre +^

Christen Adler *
John Morse
Laura Dickey +^

Steven Hammer *
Mykayla Neilson +^
Grant Ebert +^

Jon Hartman *
Chris Hartman +^
Larry Dockter

Nathan Crain +^

Dave Robbins *

Dave Robbins *
Mackenzi Lowry +^
Kevin Friermood +^
Lawrence Neumann +

Alan Chambers

* Denotes principal
+ Denotes MU student
^ Denotes Keister Scholarship recipient
** Denotes assistant principal

Messiah Chorus Members

FHS -- Sheryl Bandenberger
ACC -- Hilary Cripe
MSC -- Evie Daggett
FHS -- Leah Dickerson
MSC -- Beverly Eikenberry
MSC -- Kathy Fry-Miller
ACC -- Kenzie Hare
MSC -- Karen Hartman
ACC -- Shannon Lee
MSC -- Barb Lochner
FHS -- Mya Lorenz
MHS -- Emily Lynn
FHS -- Katie Meyer-Reed
FHS -- Emily Miller
FHS -- Danielle Miller
MSC -- Judy Myers-Walls
ACC -- Addison Neher
ACC -- Emma Nickel
FHS -- Maddison Read
FHS -- Kali Reese
FHS -- Samantha Shank
ACC -- Bailey Short
FHS -- Johnna Slabaugh
MSC -- Linda Snapp
MSC -- Tamara Sriver
FHS -- Jenna Stephens
ACC -- Kandace Terry
MSC -- Sabine Thomas
FHS -- Danielle Tuffle
FHS -- Kylee Zollinger

ACC -- Lucas Al-Zoughbi
FHS -- Quinton Camino
FHS -- Deron Corbin
FHS -- Jediah Corbin
ACC -- Angela Ebert
MSC -- Ron Finney
ACC -- Nolan McBride
ACC -- Clayton Marcum
MSC -- Paul Fry-Miller
FHS -- Tim Hostetler
FHS -- Dylan Kaufman
FHS -- Jackson Landes
FHS -- Jacob Meyer-Reed
FHS -- Lucas Miller
FHS -- Zach Munn
FHS -- Spencer Roose
FHS -- Josh Troxel
ACC -- Donnie Watkins
ACC -- Jeremy Williams
ACC -- Michael Yanez
FHS -- Alex Yoder
FHS -- Chandler Yoder
ACC -- Katie Bowerman
FHS -- Cheyene Emmons
MSC -- Sandy Funk
ACC -- Hannah Glenn
MSC -- Katherine Haff
FHS -- JoAna Hershberger
FHS -- Delaney Hochstedler
FHS -- Sidney Hochstedler
MSC -- Pat Hoover
FHS -- Calyn Howell
FHS -- Hannelore Jones
ACC -- Hailee Kimbrell
ACC -- MacKenzi Lowry
ACC -- MacKenzie McDonal
ACC -- Britney March
FHS -- Maddie Maurer
FHS -- Lindsey Miller
FHS -- Samanta Moreno
MHS -- Lauren Myers
ACC -- Haley Neilson
ACC -- Mykayla Neilson
MHS -- Lindsay Rice
MSC -- Lisa Rice
ACC -- Katie Peden
FHS -- Winnifred Sceniak
MSC -- RaeAnne Schoeffler
MSC -- Joy Stiffler
MSC -- Laura Stone
FHS -- Morgenne Stutzman
MSC -- Janina Traxler
ACC -- Larissa Valdez
FHS -- Anjelica Wampler
FHS -- Kenney Watson Haynes
FHS -- Jenna Zollinger

ACC -- Jacob Archambault
FHS -- Andy Beer
ACC -- Joshua Dold
ACC -- Grant Ebert
FHS -- Wynton Edwards
ACC -- Kevin Friermood
FHS -- Brant Gingerich
FHS -- Brock Goeglein
ACC -- Matthew Grothouse
MSC -- Gabe Hoagland
FHS -- Nate Holderman
FHS -- Kyle Johns
FHS -- Ethan Miller
FHS -- Isaac Miller
ACC -- Erik Nakajima
ACC -- Caleb Noffsinger
FHS -- Jared O'Brien
FHS -- Alex Ortiz
ACC -- Josh Plank
ACC -- Michael Rueff
MSC -- Hamilton Sadler
FHS -- Aaron Skibbe
FHS -- Kyle Stingel

ACC = Manchester University A Cappella Choir

Debra Lynn, director
Alan Chambers & Elizabeth Smith, pianists

FHS = Fairfield High School Choir

Benjamin Kambs, director
Larry Becker, pianist

MHS = Manchester Junior-Senior High School Choir

Marily Sexton Mason, director & pianist

MSC = Manchester Symphony Chorus

Debra Lynn, director
Pamela Haynes, pianist
MSO, Alan Chambers, organist

WHS = Wabash High School Choir

Susan Keefer, director
Gayle Vaughn, pianist


Manchester Youth Strings

Emily Lynn
Wendy Kleintank
Pryce Whisenhunt
Joy Chen
Shirley Chen
Jane Gayed
Christian Papillon
Mimi Papillon

Stephen Carnes
Shelley PlossShelley Ploss is an American operatic soprano, and graduate of the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Ploss has performed such roles as Mimi in La Boheme, Princess Nicoletta in The Love for Three Oranges (Prokofiev) and the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica. Recently Ms. Ploss has made a change from lyric soprano to dramatic coloratura, studying such roles as Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte and Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

While at IU, she studied with Metropolitan Opera baritone Timothy Noble, and Distinguished Professor of Voice Scharmal Schrock. Ploss also participated in Opera Workshop under the direction of world-class soprano Carol Vaness, and master classes with Nic Muni, James Marvel, and Virginia Zeani. Ms. Ploss has been a Young Artist with La Musica Lirica, the Charley Creek Vocal Workshop, Opera Maya, and recently was a member of the Marcello Giordani Young Artist Program and the Crested Butte Music Festival. She is currently studying with Lynn Baker and Claudia Waite.

Ms. Ploss is a native of Peru, Indiana, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Butler University along with her Masters in Music and Performance Diploma from IU.
Rebecca Dengler KaufmanRebecca Dengler Kaufman is a graduate of Goshen College and received her Master fo Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Colorado. Rebecca's operatic roles include Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. She has appeared as soloist in Handel's Messiah and Vivaldi's Gloria with St. John's Cathedral in Denver, Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Elkhart Symphony, Copland's In the Beginning with the Goshen Community Chorale, and Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass with the Toledo Symphony.

Currently, Rebecca is a professor at Goshen College as well as teaching voice to students at both Goshen High School and Fairfield Jr/Sr High School.  She performs regularly with the Saint Joseph Valley Camerata as well as finding opportunities to serve as soloist in the Michiana area in the midst of raising her three beautiful children.
Benjamin KambsBenjamin Kambs began teaching in Davenport, Iowa, in 2001 and has been the director of choirs at Fairfield Junior/Senior High School since 2003. Kambs recently completed a Master's degree in Music Education at Western Michigan University. As an undergraduate, he attended St. Olaf College and received a B.M. in Music Education. As a tenor soloist he has sung under the baton of Vance George and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, and performed numerous times with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra, most recently as the tenor soloist in Mozart's Requiem in D minor.

His advanced high school chorus is a four-time state finalist in the ISSMA Concert Choir competition, placing as high as 4th in 2015. In March of 2012, Kambs' Jr. High Chorus performed at the regional convention of the American Chorus at the Indiana Music Educators Association Convention, and he now serves as the Indiana Choral Directors Association Repertoire and Standards Chair for High Schools. Ben currently resides in Constantine, Michigan, with his wife, Breana.
Scott AveryScott Avery is a graduate of Northern Michigan University, with a Masters from Ball State University. After 29 years as the choral director of Warsaw Community High School, he is now happily retired from the public schools. Prior to coming to Warsaw, he was a graduate assistant at Ball State University and also taught for five years in Michigan. He continues to be active in music by directing the women's ensemble Cantabile and teaching applied voice at Manchester University.

As soloist, Mr. Avery has performed with the Marquette Choral Society, the Bay De Noc Choral Society, and the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. He was baritone soloist for The Seven Last Words of Christ (Dubois) for Warsaw Community Choir, and bass soloist for a Symphony of the Lakes presentation of Handel's Messiah.

He served as co-director of the Warsaw Community Choir for three years which included a much-acclaimed performance of Handel's Messiah presented jointly by the Grace Festival Chorus and Orchestra and the Warsaw Community Choir in 2003. He also directed the Indiana Ambassadors of Music Concert Choir on three European tours.

As clinician, Mr. Avery has directed Circle the State in Song as well as festivals and non-competitive events. He has also served as President of Indian Choral Directors Association, a six-year commitment.

In addition to classical music endeavors, Mr. Avery has performed in numerous musical theatre and operetta productions. He directs the Ginn Handbells and the Sanctuary Choir of First United Methodist Church of Warsaw.