Wooster Symphony Orchestra Presents “Christmas in Vienna: A Tribute to The Three Tenors”
Holiday concert to be performed Friday, Dec. 1 in McGaw Chapel
WOOSTER, Ohio – The Wooster Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jeffrey Lindberg, along with the Wooster Symphony Youth Chorus, under the direction of Toni Shreve, and tenors Timothy Culver, Benjamin Krumreig, and Clark Sturdevant, will present “Christmas in Vienna: A Tribute to The Three Tenors” on Friday, Dec. 1, at 8:15 p.m. in McGaw Chapel (340 E. University St.).
The famous Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras, and Plácido Domingo, performed over 30 concerts together between 1990 and 2003, including one holiday concert. Originally titled “Christmas In Vienna: The Three Tenors,” the concert was held at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria, on Dec. 23,1999.
For this holiday concert, Lindberg has transcribed the arrangements created specifically for the 1999 Vienna performance. As in the original performance, seven languages will be sung by the tenors and chorus (English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Polish, and Latin). Selections for the tribute will include “Adeste Fideles” (“O Come, All Ye Faithful”), “Cantique de Noel” (“O Holy Night”), “Ave Maria, dolce Maria,” “Oh Tannenbaum,” “Tu Scendi dalle stelle,” “Amazing Grace,” “Dormi, O Bambino,” “Silent Night,” “Susani,” “Happy Christmas/War Is Over,” “Carol of The Drum,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Feliz Navidad.”
Culver has been described as having “a rich but penetrating tenor” and that he “faces florid tenor writing with a fearless vivacity.” He has performed with the Atlanta Opera, Ann Arbor Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Opera Theater, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Akron Symphony, and the Cleveland Orchestra among others. He is an associate professor of voice at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree.
Krumreig is well-versed in opera, operetta, and musical theatre and his roles include George Gibbs in “Our Town,” Arcadio in “Florencia en el Amazonas,” Marco in “The Gondoliers,” Freddy Eynsford-Hill in “My Fair Lady,” Fenton in “Falstaff,” and Pluto in “Orpheus in the Underworld.” He has performed with the Ohio Light Opera for five seasons. He received a bachelor of music from the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music and a master’s of music from the University of Illinois School of Music. He also performed with the Wooster Symphony last spring when the orchestra presents excerpts from “West Side Story.”
Sturdevant has performed with the Dayton Opera, Kentucky Opera, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Opera Project in Los Angeles, and Ohio Light Opera among others. Broadway World describes him as “a young, fit handsome fellow with a beautiful clear tenor voice.” Cleveland Classical said of his role as the king in “The Little King” “his command of the stage was forceful yet endearing, and his impressive vocal ability ranged from gentle to boisterous with a wonderful ringing top.” He received a bachelor of music at the University of Iowa and a master’s of music degree at Washington University. He replaces previously scheduled tenor Grant Knox, who had to cancel due to personal reasons.
The concert, which is sponsored by the Women’s Committee of the Wooster Symphony Orchestra, provides funding for scholarships, which are presented at the end of the academic year. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for Wooster faculty and staff as well as all students and are available at Buehler’s (Milltown and Towne Market), the Wilson Bookstore on campus, and at the door on the evening of the concert. Tickets can also be ordered by calling 330-264-9371. Reserved seating tickets for groups of 10 or more are $25 and only available by phone.