Fisher / Shafer Holiday Pops
Event: Holiday Concert Photo credit: Melody Withers Photography
Time: 4 p.m
Location: Emens Auditorium
Ball State University Singers
BSU Theatre & Dance students
Gregory Lopez, co-producer, featured guest conductor
Douglas Droste, Artistc Director/ conductor
Alan Alder, BSU Glee Club director
Audra Sokol, choreographer
Vladimir Stadnik, choreographer
reserved seating by zone $35/$21/$25/$17, Youth (K through High School) FREE with adult ticket
BSU students tickets FREE in advance with ID or $10 at door.
Emens box office 765-285-1539 or online at Ticketmaster.com
Season Tickets: Purchase season tickets and save! Lowest season tickets package is $55 for 5 concerts! The best seats package is $118 for 5 concerts. Call 765-285-331 to order.
Pre-concert activities include free family portraits, instrument petting zoo, live brass holiday music!
Try your luck at 50/50 drawing organized by the Symphony Volunteer League prior to the start of the concert.
$1 a ticket or $5 for 6. A winner will be drawn after intermission. Refreshments generously provided by MARSH.
Kick off your holiday season with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, starring a Broadway singer Emily Drennan, and featuring special guest artists- Ball State University Singers and Department of Theatre and Dance students in a new show “A Christmas Journey” by RoxSteadyMusic. Come enjoy this classic Broadway-style show that features singing, dancing, and all of your favorite holiday songs.
Visit with Santa and have a family holiday photo taken or try our instrument petting zoo prior to the show from 3pm to 4pm in Emens lobby. Photos are available for download from our website free of charge here. Family Portraits are courtesy of Murray Jewelers and Melody Withers Photography.
Instrument Petting Zoo will be available for your enjoyment an hour before the concert (3pm-4pm) and during intermission. Courtesy of Muncie Music Center .
Meet MSO Guest Artists!
Photo credit: Catilin Cannon
EMILY DRENNAN was most recently seen as a guest soloist at Carnegie Hall and as “Mezzo” in VOCA PEOPLE Off-Broadway and its Israel and Japan tours. With VOCA PEOPLE, she was also seen on The Jimmy Fallon Show, The MDA Telethon and as a special guest with Sting. She has also been a guest on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice singing along side Cyndi Lauper for a team challenge performed for Donald Trump.
Emily has been the guest soloist with numerous symphonies including: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; OKC Philharmonic; Hendersonville Symphony and the upcoming Tulsa Symphony.
In New York, she has been seen on Broadway and Off-Broadway in the 75th Radio City Christmas Spectacular for which she was a soloist and also featured in the NBC and PBS Specials and Anniversary DVD; Toxic Audio which won The Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love. Some of her favorite roles include: the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Ann in SWING!; Amneris in AIDA; Sheila in HAIR; Pattie in Smokey Joe’s Café; Lily in Frog Kiss and Kitty in WARM.
Originally from Oklahoma, Emily was a National Presidential Scholar in the Arts saluted at the White House and was a guest soloist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Emily is a published ASCAP lyricist, composer, studio singer and recording artist for TV, Film and distribution with 2 Degrees (Economics, Spanish) and 4 minors (Finance, Marketing, International Business and Latin American Studies), summa cum laude, from Oklahoma State University. She can be heard on many TV toy commercials and in her double disc debut album, Two-Way Street. Visit her website at www.emilydrennan.com.
Emily is thrilled to be singing with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and thanks first and foremost God from whom every blessing flows and also sends many thanks to family and friends for the plethora of opportunities, encouragement and love, especially Mom, Dad, and Greg!
Gregory Lopez is the Co-Founder/Producer of RoxSteady Music. He has consulted on and arranged for the award winning album, Two-Way Street, and directed a multitude of concerts across the country including the Epilepsy Foundation’s Candlelight Concert Series in Oklahoma which raised $11,000 for epilepsy awareness. He also spearheaded Music as Medicine™ with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic gaining national recognition for its efforts combining the power of music in combatting disease, especially Parkinson’s. As a conductor, Gregory has conducted the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Ensembles, the University of Notre Dame Saxophone Ensemble and numerous school orchestras and bands. He has had the pleasure of studying with and serving as a cover conductor for Andrew Constantine and Bradley Thachuk. Gregory is honored to be sharing the stage with Maestro Droste, Emily Drennan, Patti Drennan, the BSU Chorale and the talented Muncie Symphony Orchestra. He is grateful and ever so thankful to his wonderfully supportive family, most especially his mother and father. A special thanks goes to Emily, for without whom none of this would have been possible. www.roxsteadymusic.com
Patti Drennan is an award-winning pianist, composer, singer and teacher. An active and highly sought after composer and arranger with perfect pitch, Patti has published with 10 major publishers over 400 choral octavos which have sold 2 million-plus copies. She has served as a clinician for publisher reading sessions, school workshops, church workshops and “composer weekends” in 20 states, 3 times in Canada, and has presented 4 sessions at the Texas Music Educators Convention. Her composition in “Sing for the Cure” in conjunction with Susan G. Komen’s Breast Cancer Foundation was performed at Carnegie Hall, where she has had several other original compositions performed.
Patti taught high school Choral Music for twenty-eight years in Oklahoma Public Schools with the first twenty at West Mid-High School, where she was voted “Teacher of the Year” and the coveted “Director of Distinction Award” given yearly by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association. She also was the Worship and Arts director at First Baptist Church for 10 years. Sheet music, recordings, Composer Merit compilations and her album,Shelter in the Time of Storm, can be found on her website, www.pattidrennan.com