‘TWAS THE NIGHT – Celebrate Christmas with the San Francisco Symphony

Sean Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Beginning Thursday night, December 22nd through Saturday afternoon, Christmas Eve, San Francisco Symphony presents ‘Twas the Night. Ragnar Bohlin conducts members of the San Francisco Symphony Brass and Chorus in a festival of Christmas carols and songs. They will be joined by guest singers soprano Lisa Vroman, tenor David Burnham, and instrumentalists Robert Huw Morgan, Joan Cifarelli, Jieyin Wu, and Stan Muncy. The program will feature amazing arrangements of traditional favorites including Little Drummer Boy, Do You Hear What I Hear, O Holy Night. Following a special treatment of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas the music continues with cozy-up renditions of Baby It’s Cold Outside, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, and concluding with an audience sing-along.
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David Burnham appeared in the Broadway productions of Wicked and The Light In The Piazza. He lent his talent to the Actor’s Fund production of On The 20th Century at The New Amsterdam Theatre and performed his solo concert at New York nightclubs Birdland and Metropolitan Room. David first gained critical acclaim when he was chosen to replace Donny Osmond in the national tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. At Boston’s North Shore Music Theatre he created the role of “Tom” in the musical Tom Jones and “Billy” in Letters from ‘Nam, a role which he reprised at The Kennedy Center and Seattle’s Village Theatre. In Chicago he originated the role of “Charlie” in Peggy Sue Got Married, after touring the country as “Peter” in the national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar. David is very proud to announce the release of his second solo CD, “One Day”.


With a repertoire that ranges from Stravinsky to Weill to Broadway, soprano Lisa Vroman is an internationally recognized solo concert artist. She made her debut at The Hollywood Bowl in Disney’s 75th celebration, singing and dancing with legendary Dick Van Dyke. She guest starred with tenor Mario Frangoulis in his NYC debut concert at City Center; and has performed many times at the New York Festival of Song, including a tribute to Broadway director Harold Prince. She has sung in concert with conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, composer Stephen Schwartz, Organist David Higgs, and the Empire Brass Quintet. Her solo CD Broadway Classic features Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe and 47 Bay Area musicians. Lisa had the honor of singing at the Profiles in Courage Award in Boston at the JFK Library. She has also sung on separate occasions for Queen Elizabeth, former President Bill Clinton, and former Vice President Al Gore.

Robert Huw Morgan serves as Organist at Stanford University. He also serves as Lecturer in Organ and Choral Studies and Director of the Stanford University Singers. A native of Wales, he received his BA and MA from the University of Cambridge where he was organ scholar at St. John’s College. As a conductor, he has led performances of several operas including Falstaff, Hansel & Gretel and Die Fledermaus, along with choral works including Bach’s St. John’s Passion, the Mozart Requiem and Mass in C Minor, and the Vespers of both Rachmaninoff and Monteverdi.

Joan Cifarelli performs throughout the Bay Area as a classical and jazz pianist. She has worked with a variety of performers including Joan Baez at Teatro Zinzanni’s, Rita Moreno at the Razz Room, and recently with Bernadette Peters, Jessye Norman and Lisa Vroman with San Francisco Symphony. She is active in musical theatre and works with Diablo Theatre Company, Contra Costa Musical Theatre and the Vagabond Players. She is on faculty at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg where she teaches classical and jazz piano.

Jieyin Wu, harpist, performs as a soloist and with ensemble groups. She has given solo recitals and chamber music performances in Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv and San Francisco Bay Area. Jieyin performs with San Francisco Symphony, San Jose Symphony, and Oakland Symphony. Jieyin won the concerto competition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2003, performed a concert with the orchestra as featured soloist, and in 2004 was appointed principal harpist of the Napa Symphony. This year, she joined the Stanford New Music Ensemble on a concert tour to Beijing and Shanghai for the Modern Music Festival.

Stan Muncy is a percussionist and jazz vibe player who freelances in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a regular extra with San Francisco Symphony, a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony and other regional orchestras, and was also percussionist/assistant timpanist with the Honolulu Symphony. Stan Muncy and Park St. Trio recently released their debut album, Goodnight Daylight. His recording credits extend to the NAXOS classical label and to film scores recorded at Warner Brothers Studios, Capitol Records, and Firehouse Studios. He plays regularly with the Chicago-based sextet “eighth blackbird” and with “Eco Ensemble”, a new music ensemble-in-residence at UC Berkeley.


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