A KSO Christmas Carol Concert To Feature Kearney Saymphony Orchestra (KSO), UNK Choraleers Tuesday, Dec. 9

Dr. Ron Crocker
Kearney Symphony Orchestra director, 308.865.8618

UNK- The music of Bach, Tchaikovsky and classic holiday favorites are on the program when the Kearney Symphony Orchestra (KSO) presents “A KSO Christmas Carol” concert Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Merryman Performing Arts Center.

The University of Nebraska at Kearney ensemble concert begins at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $8 for the public and free for UNK students.
The concert will open with a Choral Prelude of “Waschet auf, ruft uns die Stiemme” by Johann Sebastian Bach. Other pieces on the program include Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty Suite,” “Bring a Torch,” “Conventry Carol,” “The Bells of Christmas” and “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night).
The UNK Choraleers will also perform during the concert. Selections to be performed include “Gloria in Excelsis Deo,” “Dona Nobis Pachem” and “Ave Maria,” arranged by Dr. Crocker.
KSO will join the Choraleers on stage for a closing sing-along. Popular holiday favorites such as “Deck the Halls,” “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the World” will be showcased.
Dr. Crocker will share the conductor podium with Noah Rogoff, UNK lecturer and cello/double bass instructor, and Dr. David Bauer, UNK choirs director.
“The styles are different, but each achieves the director’s intent to do full justice to the composer’s musical purpose to make the emotional content of the music come alive, or as Wagner so aptly described the process–create ‘fire’ in the musical performance,” Dr. Crocker said.
The musicians representing UNK in KSO, and the instruments they play, are listed below alphabetically by hometown, state and country:
Blair- Helen Breuer (French horn)
Fullerton- Kalie Wetovick (violin II)
Hastings- Desiree Maar (violin I)
Kearney- Calynn Forrest (viola)
Kearney- Merritt Lawson (French horn)
Kearney- Paul Niedbalski (trombone)
Kearney- Natalie Runge (cello)
Kearney- Kassie Sabah (violin II)
Kearney- Michael Walworth (trumpet)
Kearney- Rachel Holl Weinberg (violin I)
Kearney- Paloma Mena-Werth (oboe)
Lincoln- Spencer Wolfe (viola)
Omaha- Sydney Broyles (cello)
Phillips- David Ziola (French horn)
            Fort Collins- Andrew Block (viola)
            Union- Brett Kluever (trombone)
            New Lisbon- Nathaniel Ruetten (percussion)
            Wenhui Huang (violin I)
            Ayaka Kondo (piano)
            Maiko Sugahara (clarinet)
Choraleers vocalists, and their vocal range, are listed below alphabetically by hometown, state and country:
Albion- Dustin McBride (bass/baritone) and Rudi Sup (alto)
Arapahoe- Aaron McCoy (bass/baritone)
Columbus- Katherine Nebuda (alto) and Alexander Ritter (bass/baritone)
Cozad- Abby Williams (alto)
Dalton- Blake Thompson (bass/baritone)
Firth- Marguerite Sass (alto)
Fremont- Joshua Steager (tenor)
Grand Island- Michelle Conley (soprano), Arane’a Spencer (alto), Patrick York        (tenor) and Phillip Zuehlke           (tenor)
Hastings- Brittany Davidson (soprano)
Holdrege- Amber Kosmicki (alto) and Brooke Scripter (soprano)
Hordville- Trevor Schnabel (bass/baritone)
Kearney- Janelle Beutler (alto), Sarah Garringer (alto), Alicia Goodner (soprano),  Leif Hansen (bass/baritone), Tray Henricksen (tenor), Clifford Holman (bass/baritone), Amy Jensen (soprano), Matthew Jensen (bass/baritone), Jarrett Johnston (bass/baritone), Joseph Knispel (tenor), Mary Lanka (soprano), Michelle Leigh (soprano), Madeline Mawby (soprano), Mark Rauert (bass/baritone), Katherine Ridder (soprano) and Kassie Sabah (soprano)
Lincoln- Dana Hilde (soprano), Alicia Hunt (alto), Robb Nelson (tenor) and Tyler Smith (bass/baritone)
Madison- Stacey Bonner (soprano)
Milford- Kendra Larsen (alto)
North Platte- Michael Conley (bass/baritone)
Ogallala- Deidre Volberding (alto)
Omaha- Sydney Broyles (alto), Ashley Vandeventer (alto)
O’Neill- Jordan Peterson (tenor)
Overton- Jalisa Bauer (soprano)
Papillion- Stephanie Burwell (alto)
Plattsmouth- Robert Friedman (tenor)
Seward- Katherine Bauer (soprano) and Allyn Williams (alto)
Tecumseh- Derek Wolken (tenor)
Wahoo- Matthew Braunsroth (bass/baritone)
            Mountain Home- Wes Pendergrass (tenor)
            Woodland Park- Shawna Beeler (soprano)
            Goodland- Jillian Parker (soprano)
            Herndon- Kendra Solko (alto)
            Norton- Danielle Wuest (alto)
            Oberlin- Kenzie Fisher (soprano)
            Dammam- Noor Ghamedi (alto)