Teresa Cheung
conductor
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Currently in her ninth season as Music Director of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, TERESA CHEUNG is in frequent demand for symphonic, choral, operatic and balletic productions throughout the United States and Canada. Recent engagements have found her on the podia of the Amarillo, American, Bakersfield, Mobile, New Amsterdam (NYC), Phoenix, Portland, Stamford and Western Michigan symphony orchestras, Evansville and Fort Wayne philharmonic orchestras, Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, New York City Ballet and Brooklyn’s Regina Opera. Additionally, she often appears as conductor for colleges and universities and with All State/All County orchestra festivals. She has also served as a conducting clinician for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ “Meet the Artist” program. Ms. Cheung’s current season is highlighted by debut performances with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Teresa Cheung is widely known for her creative concert programming, collaborative projects and community outreach programs and for being a passionate advocate for music education for all ages. Since the beginning of her tenure in Altoona, Ms. Cheung has created numerous outreach programs that have engaged area children and high school musicians and choristers. The ASO has also performed with university ensembles from Penn State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Juniata College, while her vision of extending the Altoona Symphony’s artistry and reputation beyond Central Pennsylvania led to an acclaimed project with Pennsylvania Council for the Arts’ Commonwealth Speaker Karl Middleman in “Dvorák’s New World,” a Humanities on the Road program that was broadcast throughout Pennsylvania in December, 2011 (http://humanitiesontheroad.squarespace.com/dvoraks-new-world/).

Teresa Cheung began her career as Resident Conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, where she was also conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic Chorus. Among her many artistic initiatives, she led the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra on its first international concert tour to Japan in 2002. Subsequently, she served as Resident Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor for the Bard Music Festival and SummerScape.

A native of Hong Kong, Teresa Cheung received her Masters Degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. She is also the recipient of the JoAnn Falletta Conducting Award for the most promising female conductors.

Cheung drew a magnificent performance of Dvorak’s Serenade in d minor for Winds. From the first movement’s elegant march, contrasting with the lyrical ornamented second motif, lovely melodies propelled the work in a beautiful performance. Dynamics and intonation were perfect and the ensemble sounded rich, with individual voices clear in the beautiful third movement, at times delicate or bold, always musical.

COURIER & PRESS (Evansville, IN)

In addition to the minutia in the written score [Mahler Symphony #1], there is the physical challenge of conducting such a large group. While the raucous climaxes were impressive, so too were the softest moments. Cheung exuded intensity right until the end, and the final few bars resulting in a standing ovation.”

THE ALTOONA MIRROR (PA)

Mozart and the audience were well served as guest conductor Teresa Cheung led the Mobile Symphony Orchestra in a celebration of genius. Cheung conducted as though she and the musicians were longtime acquaintances. Cheung was charming and thoroughly professional. Her style is understated but effective, never self-conscious, and the MSO musicians responded to her enthusiastically. The concert opened with Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture. Not your run-of-the-mill opening number, to be sure. But it was gripping. Led by Cheung, the musicians conveyed the lyrical beauty (and heroic qualities) of a rich and complex work.

PRESS-REGISTER (Mobile, AL)

In the final movement, Neptune, the Mystic, Maestra Cheung sculpted the atmospherically shimmering instrumental music, upon which the wordless chorus of ‘ahhs’ seemed to call from another world. This delicate and fading finale (to a mostly rousing piece) did not deter the packed house from offering thunderous applause.

THE ALTOONA MIRROR (PA)

Teresa Cheung made her final Classics appearance with immeasurable zeal. Her splendid direction of Gershwin’s An American in Paris was both inspired and disciplined, both rich and delicate. Crisp mallet percussion punctuated the musical poem, and the strings melted like soft butter into the score, returning to bubble as the piece flamed.

COURIER & PRESS (Evansville, IN)

The vibrant and visceral conducting of Teresa Cheung was truly magnificent. In her magical hands, Cavalleria Rusticana came to vivid life. Cheung captured the emotions of humanity caught in a web of passion. The superb musicians of the Regina Orchestra responded beautifully to Cheung. The famed Intermezzo was played with poignant beauty and spirituality. The finale with full chorus and the roar of brass and percussion was the very soul of verismo opera.”

BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE (NY)

9/30/2016 (7:30pm)
10/1/2016 (4&7:30pm)
10/2/2016 (4&7:30pm)

HONG KONG SINFONIETTA

“Good Music for Kids: See with your EARS!!!”
Hong Kong City Hall Theatre

J. Strauss, Jr.: Die Fledermaus (overture)
Williams: Harry Potter (Hedwig’s Flight)
Ravel: Ma mère l’oye (The Fairy Garden)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumble-Bee
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Spring)
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition (Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks)
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (Waltz)
Mancini/Custer: The Pink Panther
Elgar: Enigma Variations (XI, G.R.S.)
Rossini: William Tell (overture; finale)

10/28/2016 (7pm)

ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PA)

Homewood Retirement Center (Martinsburg)

 

10/29/2016 (7:30pm)

ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PA)

Historic Mishler Theatre

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Beethoven: Symphony #4
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
soloist: Soovin Kim

11/19/2016 (7:30pm)

ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PA)

Hollidaysburg Senior High School Auditorium

Gluck/Mottl: Ballet Suite #1
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (suite)
soloists: Jared Angle & tba, dancers

12/3/2016 (7:30pm)

ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PA)

Historic Mishler Theatre

“Home for the Holidays”

12/9/2016 (7:30pm)

MOBILE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (AL)

Nettles Auditorium, Alabama Southern College (Monroeville)

Holiday Pops”

12/10/2016 (7:30pm)
12/11/2016 (2:30pm)

MOBILE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (AL)

Saenger Theatre

with Boston Brass

2/10/2017 (7:30pm)
2/11/2017 (2:30&5pm)
2/12/2017 (2:30&5pm)

HONG KONG SINFONIETTA

“Good Music for Babies: The Many Moods of Music”
Hong Kong City Hall Theatre

Elgar: Chanson de matin
Britten: Simple Symphony (mvt. II)
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition (Tuileries)
Debussy: Petite Suite (mvts. I & IV)
Ravel: Ma mère l’oye (Empress of the Pagodas)
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin (mvt. III)
Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik (mvt. I)
Debussy/Yau: Clair de lune
Fauré: Masques et bergamasques (mvt. I)

3/18/2017 (7:30pm)

ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PA)

Historic Mishler Theatre

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (selections)
Khachaturian: Spartacus (Suite #2)
Respighi: Feste romane

4/8/2017 (7:30pm)

ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PA)

Historic Mishler Theatre

Weber: Oberon (overture)
Bruckner: Symphony #7

5/7/2017 (2pm)

BROADWAY BACH ENSEMBLE (NYC)

Broadway Presbyterian Church

Brahms: Symphony #3
Elgar: Cello Concerto
soloist: Sophia Shao

6/2/2017 (7:30pm)

NEW AMSTERDAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (NYC)

Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

Verdi: La forza del destino (overture)
Strauss: Four Last Songs
soloist: Jennifer Grimaldi, soprano
Respighi: I pini di Roma

6/16/2017 (7:30pm)
6/17/2017 (4&7:30pm)
6/18/2017 (4&7:30pm)

HONG KONG SINFONIETTA

“Good Music for Kids:”
Hong Kong City Hall Theatre

 

8/26/2017 (6pm)

ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PA)

Canal Basin Park (Hollidaysburg)

 

8/27/2017 (4pm)

ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PA)

Peoples Natural Gas Ballpark

 

11/17/2017 (7:30pm)
11/18/2017 (3:30pm)

THE VENICE SYMPHONY (FL)

Venice Performing Arts Center

Weber: Oberon (overture)
Dvorák: Cello Concerto
soloist: Joseph Swenson, Jr.
Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5

12/8/2017 (7:30pm)

MOBILE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Nettles Auditorium, Alabama Southern Community College

“Holidays Pops”

12/9/2017 (7:30pm)
12/10/2017 (2:30pm)

MOBILE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Mobile Saenger Theatre

“Holidays Pops”

3/29/2018 (7:30pm)
3/30/2018 (4&7:30pm)
3/31/2018 (4&7:30pm)

HONG KONG SINFONIETTA

Hong Kong City Hall Theatre

“Good Music for Kids:”

Verdi: La forza del destino (overture)

Altoona Symphony Orchestra
October 31, 2009

Hovhaness: Prayer of Saint Gregory

Altoona Symphony Orchestra
March 2, 2013

Duruflé: Requiem (excerpts)

Altoona Symphony Orchestra
March 2, 2013

R. Strauss: Serenade in E-flat for 13 Wind Instruments, Op. 7

Altoona Symphony Orchestra
October 31, 2009