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Great Men of Music

Concert Program

Strike Up the Band

Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin

Arranged by John Whitney


Maurice Baron

Salute to Ol' Blue Eyes

Arranged by John Moss

Victor Herbert Favorites

Victor Herbert

Arranged by Harold Sanford

Music from Guys and Dolls

Frank Loesser

Arranged by Calvin Custer

The Washington Post March

John Philip Sousa

Edited by Clark McAlister


American Salute

Morton Gould

Paul Simon Medley

Paul Simon

Arranged by Richard Ling

South Pacific

Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II

Arranged by Robert Russell Bennett

Featuring Christine and David Pfenninger

George M. Cohan Salute

Christine Pfenninger - Soprano

Christine Pfenninger is delighted to be joining the Wheaton Symphony for a seventh season. She has been seen throughout Chicagoland, from Cicero, to Glencoe, to Woodstock, to Batavia in numberous stage productions. Favorite roles include Sister Amnesia in "Nunsense", Florence in "Chess", Amalia in "She Loves Me", Eva Peron in "Evita", Marian in "The Music Man", Reno Sweeney in "Anything Goes", and most recently Christmas Eve in the regional premiere of "Avenue Q".

A comedienne at heart, she is also fond of Broadway impersonations and tackled Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, Liza Minelli, Chita Rivera, and Marissa Jaret Winokur in Steel Beam Theatre's productuion of "Forbidden Broadway". She met her husband David in a production of "Pump Boys & Dinettes" in St. Charles over ten years ago and he remains her favorite leading man.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Theatre from Roosevelt University and is a proud mom to Amalia Elizabeth. As always, she is truly blessed to make music with the Wheaton Symphony and share such wonderful, classic tunes with their generous audiences.

David Pfenninger - Lyric Baritone

David Pfenninger returns to the Wheaton Symphony tonight. He received his vocal training at the University of Illinois. During his time there, he made apprearances as a guest vocalist with the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana.

Since then, he has been widely sought as a versatile stage performer throught Chicagoland, appearing in many musical theatre productions, among those the Emcee in "Cabaret", The Baker in "Into The Woods", J. Pierpont Finch in "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying", Judge Turpin in "Sweeney Todd", Edward Rutledge in "1776", and Stine in "City of Angels".

He holds a Master's Degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago and is the Director of Vocal Music at Gregory Middle School in Naperville.

George & Ira Gershwin Frank Loesser John Philip Sousa Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein
Program Notes

Strike Up the Band

Though the overture to this, the first fully-integrated score to a book musical, remains a well-known concert selection, the musical it precedes is far less familiar to contemporary audiences. Originally...

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Stephen Foster

The songwriting of Stephen Foster remains among the most memorable of all American music, even today. The writer of over 200 songs, Foster was a self-taught musician and composer. He was capable of playing at least five...

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Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra is often considered to be the first modern pop music star. Most recorded songs prior to World War II were aimed at adult listeners. During the 1940s Sinatra's recordings attracted a strong following among younger...

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Victor Herbert

Victor Herbert enjoyed a successful career around the turn of the 20th century, mainly as a composer, while also making a name for himself as a cello soloist and conductor. His most notable and successful works were his operettas...

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Music from Guys and Dolls

Adapted from short stories written by Damon Runyon in the 1920s and 1930s, "Guys and Dolls" brought tales of the New York underworld to Broadway in 1950. The original production ran for 1,200 performances. It opened to...

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The Washington Post March

"The March King", as Sousa was dubbed by a British journalist, earned this title following the premiere of this, one his most popular and enduring marches. Sousa, then the leader of the US Marine Band, was commissioned by the...

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American Salute

This popular patriotic composition presents a unique and stirring rendition of the melody, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home". Originally written by Irish-American bandleader Patrick Gilmore (using the pseudonym Louis Lambert)...

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Paul Simon

Paul Simon has earned the reputation of being one of the finest and most sustained songwriters in America. The New York-born Simon started writing songs in the mid-1950s, his first being published when he was just 12 or 13...

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South Pacific

This Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, first produced in 1949, began its life as a collection of short stories, observations, and anecdotes, written by James A. Michener and published in 1947. Director Joshua Logan, a veteran of World...

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George M. Cohan

George M. Cohan spent nearly all of his life as an entertainer in one sense or another. As a child, he formed part of a vaudeville group with his parents and sister, fittingly known as The Four Cohans. He later began writing skits...

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