Symphony Syracuse to Perform Holiday Concert at Wells College

November 16, 2011

Baritone Soloist Steven Stull

 The Wells College Arts and Lecture Series presents a concert by Symphony Syracuse at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 1 in Phipps Auditorium of Macmillan Hall. This special “Holiday Pops” program will bring the spirit of the season to attendees; Wells is one of nine planned stops on the symphony’s tour. The festive holiday performance is offered free of charge, and the public is cordially invited to this memorable concert.

Symphony Syracuse is bringing a sleigh full of music and holiday cheer as it presents its Holiday Pops for 2011. Seasonal classics are featured, including traditional carols, music from Tchaikovsky's well-loved holiday ballet the “Nutcracker Suite,” and other titles such as “White Christmas” and “Sleigh Ride.” With a wide selection including the customary audience sing-along to close the program, one of your special songs is sure to be on the program. Santa Claus himself is also scheduled for a visit!

Another holiday favorite, Ron Spigelman, will conduct. Spigelman is a nationally-known orchestra conductor who has worked with the Springfield Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, San Angelo Symphony, and Texas Chamber Orchestra. Spigelman graduated with honors from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and he’s performed as a soloist with British orchestras and at music festivals in Europe. He also keeps a blog about the place of classical and orchestral music in contemporary culture.

The evening’s performance will also include the talents of baritone soloist Steven Stull. Stull sings a wide range of repertory including opera, musical theatre, chamber music, and song. He has joined the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in over forty performances, including eight productions with the Syracuse Opera. Stull has also appeared with groups such as Tri-Cities Opera, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Kyrgyz State Opera, the Anchorage Festival of Music, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Jacksonville Symphony. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory, he is an active recitalist and collaborator in modern dance performances.

Symphony Syracuse was founded by musicians of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra after the symphony declared bankruptcy earlier this year. The passion and dedication of these musicians has kept the organization playing and inspiring audiences across Central New York. “Although we are not a successor to the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra,” the group’s website says, “we do look forward to providing excellent performances for our community to enjoy.”

The Wells College Arts & Lecture Series brings a range of artists and intellectuals to campus to perform, to speak on relevant issues, and to represent the disciplines of theatre, music and dance. A committee composed of Wells faculty, staff and students selects groups and individuals annually. Symphony Syracuse is the second of the series’ five offerings during this academic year.

The mission of Symphony Syracuse is “to build an appreciation for symphonic music through the sponsorship and presentation of orchestra concerts throughout Syracuse and the Central New York region.” More information about Symphony Syracuse can be found on online at 


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