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Hampton Roads Philharmonic
Sun, Dec 10, 2023, 2:30pm
About Us

Currently led by Steven Brindle, the Hampton Roads Philharmonic was formed in 2013 after a group of community musicians envisioned creating a new orchestra to serve the area. The Hampton Roads Philharmonic is now dedicated to building a community where classical music serves as an integral and thriving art form. The orchestra strives for artistic excellence, increases community awareness and participation in the performing arts, performs a diverse repertoire selection, and creates various educational opportunities and experiences. The Hampton Roads Philharmonic now presents four concert programs each season throughout the Hampton Roads area, hosts its annual Young Artist Competition, connects community musicians, and provides chamber music ensembles to local events. 

Music Director

Steven is a conductor, cellist, and music educator who works with musicians of all ages and backgrounds. Steven studied at Christopher Newport University, earning his degree in Music Education, and has attended conducting workshops at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and at the Peabody Conservatory.

Since 2013, Steven has served as the founding Music Director for the Hampton Roads Philharmonic and as conductor for the Bay Youth Concert Orchestra since 2016. Throughout his career, he has also served as the Music Director for Tidewater Opera Initiative, conductor for Symphonicity's productions of The Nutcracker, and conductor for Capitol Opera Richmond.

As a proponent of new music, Steven regularly commissions works and collaborates with composers. In 2010, he conducted the world premiere of David and Glass, an opera by Chris Lamb. Since then, he has conducted and performed in the premier of over fifteen new works, including the 2016 concert premiere of The Snow Maiden of Appalachia by Andrew H. Austin.

Steven lives in Norfolk, Virginia, and teaches at The Academy of Music and Ghent Montessori School. He is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society, Alpha Chi academic scholarship society, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Winter Classics & Holiday Favorites

Experience the season’s magic with the Hampton Roads Philharmonic in a festive blend of winter wonder and holiday cheer! Join us for our Golden Baton winner’s conducting debut of Sleigh Ride and Hampton mayor Donnie Tuck as special guest narrator for ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. From cherished Christmas classics to enchanting winter-inspired masterpieces, this concert is alight, bite-sized concert to delight the whole family.

A Christmas Festival Overture   Leroy Anderson 
In the Bleak Midwinter   Holst arr. Charles Peery
Taiga   Ilari Hylkila 
Sleigh Ride
Dennis Worsham, guest conductor 
  Leroy Anderson 
Christmas at the Movies   Bob Krogstad
Lux Aurumque   Eric Whitacre 
A Most Wonderful Christmas   Robert Sheldon 
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Mayor Donnie Tuck, narrator
  Bill Holcombe 
Program Notes

Program notes by Kaysea Calvert
HRP Presents: Winter Classics and Holiday Favorites
Sunday December 10, 2023 2:30pm at The American Theatre

A Christmas Festival Overture, Leroy Anderson-
In 1950, Arthur Fiedler, conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, asked Leroy Anderson to write a special piece for a Christmas recording. Anderson selected popular Christmas melodies including “Joy to the World”, “Deck the Halls”, “God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen”, “Good King Wenceslas”, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “Silent Night”, “Jingle Bells”, and “O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)”. The original performance contained “The First Noel” however Anderson eliminated it for publication in 1952.

In the Bleak Midwinter, Holst/Darke arr. Charles E. Peery
This work is beautifully arranged for full orchestra, with opt. Organ, by Charles E. Peery. This setting begins in a quiet, almost other-worldly fashion, and alternates between the well-known Holst and Darke tunes as it builds to a stately climax and then recedes again.

Taiga, Ilari Hylkila- 
This work was composed for symphony orchestra in 2016 by Ilari Hylkila. It is inspired by the Taiga biome also known as snow forests or boreal forests. It takes the listener through beautiful landscapes and stormy weather to experience the miracles of wild northern nature.

Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson-
This holiday classic was completed and first performed in 1948. Anderson started writing this work during a heat wave the year before and it was not written as a Christmas piece, but rather to describe an event that took place in the winter. A quote from Anderson on this piece: “‘Sleigh Ride’ was one of the first things I wrote when I got out of the Army and moved up here to Woodbury, Connecticut. Actually, I first came here in 1946; you may remember there was a housing shortage then, and my mother-in-law was living up here, had a cottage that was vacant, so since we had no other place to go, we packed our 14-month old daughter, plus the upright piano, and came on up here to Woodbury, and during that first summer that we were here, I started ‘Fiddle-Faddle’, I didn't finish that until the following winter, and ‘Sleigh Ride’ and ‘Serenata’. And ‘Sleigh Ride’, I remember, was just an idea because, it was just a pictorial thing, it wasn't necessarily Christmas music, and it was written during the heat wave."

Christmas at the Movies, arr. Bob Krogstad-
This work was arranged by Bob Krogstad and published in 2006. This impressive concert medley for orchestra includes music from six classic holiday films, recalling some of the most memorable songs and themes. Included are: Somewhere in My Memory (from "Home Alone").


Violin I
Peggy Watson
Alice Cryer
Mary Huber
Luke Heddle
Janet Nelson
Keri Houser
Kaysea Calvert

Violin II
Steve Wood
Laurie McNemar
Myfanwy Morgan
Margaret Mastbrook
Kendra Deuble
Mary Dart Jackson

Bryan Williams
Jan Ryan
Charlie Whittaker
Sarah Quemada
Katherine Wease

Joanna Pearson
DJ Whittaker
Shea Matthews
John Lenwell
Becky Smithson
Christoph Leeman
Daniel WIlliams

Kevin Garner
Sarah Parker

Traci Bluhm
Cathy Francis

Tristan Morris-Mann 


Melinda Mckenzie
Todd Worsham

English Horn 
Todd Worsham

Gene Chieffo
Camiel Sims

Mike Marshall
John Parker

Paul Tiller
Chelsey Hamm
Emily Judd
Christian Van Deven

Kerry Moffit
Shahana Keisler
Michael Wholey

Mark Hendrickson
Steven Thompson
David Bason

Steve Rossman

Dalia Berman

David Randolph

Melvin Lauf, Jr.

Board of Directors

Music Director & Conductor
Steven Brindle

Executive Director & Orchestra Manager
Gene Chieffo

Social Media & Development
Emmet Aylor

Traci Bluhm


Board of Directors
Dr. Chelsey Hamm, Chair
Mike Marshall, Vice-Chair
Kerry Moffit, Secretary
Stephen Wood, Treasurer
Dr. Walter Tillman
Traci Bluhm
Keri Houser
Shea Matthews
Lynn Sebacher





Sustainers ($1,000 or more)

Newport News Arts Commission
Margaret Mastbrook
Paul & Kelly Tiller
Dr. Robert Howard Jr.
Stephen & Eileen Chadis Wood
Dr. Christoph Leeman
Mr. & Mrs. Edward Guldner
Jason & Keri Houser
Mr. John Dorsey
Mr. & Mrs. David Heddle
Michael & Valerie Marshall
George & Janet Nelson

Benefactors ($500-$999)

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Morgan
Janna Fitzgerald
Nathan Bennet

Patron ($250-$499)

Lynn M. Seebacher
Cellis Chocolate Chips
Simone & Simona, Instructors & Professional Dancers

Sponsor ($100-$249)

Virginia Glover
John & Isabelle Cummings
Laurie McNemar
Evelyn Perry
Mr. & Mrs. Carroll Glasco
Mark Hendrickson
Alice Cryer
William & Roxanna Anderson
David & Shirlie Anson
Robert Doggett
Raymond Jones

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Jan & Jack Ryan
Patty Price
Edna Griffenhagen
George & Dona McKenzie
Mr. & Mrs. Ray Walsh
Eugene & Michel Chieffo
James & Judy Torrey
Catherine Callo Francis
William Schearer
Robert Kimsey
Lydia Crim
David & Christine Evans
Dr. Chelsey Hamm
Sharon Katzman
Katherine Freakley
Ellen McDade
Camiel Sims
William Coker
Charles & DJ Whittaker
Richard Rohrer
Elizabeth & Allen Pugh

Friend (Up to $99)

Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Adams
Shahana Keisler
Paquitta Laverents
Julie Bednarek
Colonel & Mrs. I.N. McInnis, Jr.
Richard Wertime
Daniel Stuck
Larissa Steblen
Mr. & Mrs. James Savinsky
Billie Paxton Einselen
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Additional Staff
Music Rental/Purchase
Increased funding for our Young Artist Competition
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Upcoming Attraction

8th Annual Young Artist Competition Performance

March 10 | 2:30pm
The American Theatre 
125 East Mellen Street 
Hampton, VA 23663

Join us for a special evening celebrating the remarkable talents of our 8th Annual Young Artist Competition winner. This concert showcases dedication and accomplishment, providing a platform for these outstanding young musicians to share their passion for performing. Competition winner Angela Zhang will perform the Molto allegro con fuoco from Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto in G Minor and the orchestra will add Beethoven’s dramatic Egmont Overture and Grieg’s Symphonic Dances to complete the program.

Donnie Tuck - Mayor

Donnie R. Tuck is serving his second term as Mayor of Hampton, having taken office in 2016. Before that, he served six years on City Council.

A native of Chapel Hill, N.C., Tuck earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Duke University in 1976 and a master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion University in 1993. He worked in the field of athletic public relations, first at Duke and Howard universities and later with the NFL’s Washington Redskins. He served as division manager for the City of Norfolk’s Department of Public Works. Tuck also worked as a contracted technical writer.

In 2021, He was one of 38 mayors worldwide chosen to participate in an intensive education program through the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, designed to help mayors and their leadership teams manage the complexities of running a city.  Earlier this week, Mayor Tuck returned from the COP28 Local Climate Action Summit for mayors in Dubai, United Aram Emirates.

He is married to Robie Tuck (Major, USAF retired) and has a daughter, Elizabeth.

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