Teresa Cheung
conductor
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Currently celebrating her 10th Anniversary Season as Music Director of Pennsylvania’s 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, Brooklyn’s Regina Opera and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. 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.

In addition to a full schedule in Altoona, Teresa Cheung’s current season includes her debut with The Venice Symphony in Florida and returns to the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta. A highlight of her Altoona season is a Halloween presentation of F.W. Murnau’s remastered 1922 silent movie masterpiece Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror with its original Hans Erdmann score, reconstructed by Berndt Heller.

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.

Teresa Cheung devoted impressive energy and choreographic skill to leading the massive ensemble through highly disciplined performances of three monuments of the symphony literature: Weber’s Overture to Oberon, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. These were thrilling renditions, surging with high-octane energy and tonal beauty, particularly in the sound of the strings, backed up by sturdy and rhythmic support from the winds. As the kickoff to a season devoted to performances by candidates for the coveted mission of leading an ambitious orchestra to a new level, this concert was a thrilling and optimistic event.

HERALD-TRIBUNE (Sarasota, FL)

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)

Concertgoers heard titanic works from the Classic and Romantic periods as a rousing beginning to Teresa Cheung’s 10th year as conductor and music director. She told us that this was her first time conducting Beethoven’s Fifth, that often-played symphony. If she needed the time to give a performance worthy of the work’s stature, then we were the beneficiaries for the wait, as she was able to bring out details I had not heard before, along with the overall sweep of emotion it requires. She was particularly animated in the finale, for ti is the movement that answers all of the questions that the more-famous beginning initiates.

THE ALTOONA MIRROR (PA)

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 (3pm)

ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PA)

Peoples Natural Gas Ballpark

 

10/7/2017 (7:30pm)

ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PA)

Historic Mishler Theatre

Beethoven: Leonore Overture #3
Beethoven: Symphony #5
Dvorák: Cello Concerto
soloist: Adrian Daurov

10/28/2017 (7:30pm)

ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PA)

Historic Mishler Theatre

“Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror”

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

12/2/2017 (7:30pm)

ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PA)

Historic Mishler Theatre

“Home for the Holidays”

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”

3/17/2018 (7:30pm)

ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PA)

Historic Mishler Theatre

Barber: Essay #1
Foss: Oboe Concerto
soloist: Lenny Young
Tsontakis: Impetuous
Bernstein: Candide (overture)
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

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:”

4/7/2018 (7:30pm)

ALTOONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (PA)

Historic Mishler Theatre

Orff: Carmina burana

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