Symphony Syracuse at RFA
with Holiday Pops concert

Ron Spigelman

Steven Stull

Symphony Syracuse presents its Holiday Pops concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in Rome Free Academy.

Tickets at $20 or $5 for students will be available at the door.

Seasonal classics are featured, including traditional carols, music from the Nutcracker, popular favorites like White Christmas and Sleigh Ride, a visit from Santa, and the customary audience sing-along to close the program. Ron Spigelman, will conduct, and Steven Stull will be the baritone soloist.

Saturday’s program

A Christmas Festival, Leroy Anderson

Recitative and Aria from Messiah , George Frideric Handel

"Thus saith the Lord of Hosts",

"But who may abide the day of His coming?",

"Farandole" from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2, Georges Bizet

Grinch Medley, Albert Hague (arr. Matthew Naughton)

Jewish Folk Medley, arr. Larry Dalton

White Christmas, Irving Berlin (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)


Carol of the Bells, Traditional (arr. Phil Kelly)

The Nutcracker , Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Dance of the Mirlitons


Waltz of the Flowers

Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson

Stille Nacht (Mannheim Steamroller), Franz Gruber (arr. Calvin Custer)

The Christmas Song, Mel Tormé (arr. Robert Lowden)

A Christmas Sing-Along , arr. John Finnegan

This past year, Spigelman was the Principal Pops Conductor for both the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony and made appearances with both the Tulsa Symphony and the Irving Symphony. He has also recently been appointed Music Director of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, a summer festival orchestra.

Amongst numerous career highlights, he lists his debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the critically acclaimed performance and world premier of Lowell Lieberman’s Pegasus. As well as his equally acclaimed Carnegie Hall conducting debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic in 2004.

Spigelman is an honors graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, where his principal instrument of study was the trumpet. As a soloist, he has performed with several British orchestras and at numerous music festivals in the UK, Belgium and Italy.

Stull sings a wide range of repertory including opera, operetta, musical theatre, oratorio, chamber music and song. As a recording artist, he can be heard on the critically acclaimed compact discs: "The Pulse of an Irishman, Irish and Scottish Songs arranged by Beethoven", "Opera Cowpokes", "Deck the Falls", "Home for the Holidays" with the West Virginia Symphony and as the Wolf on the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra’s recording of "Boyz in the Wood." His video production "Opera Cowpokes Alive!" was seen on public television.

He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Oberlin College Conservatory.

In 1990 Stull co-founded the CRS Barn Studio with choreographer Jeanne Goddard. Together they present an eclectic series of music and dance performances on the CRS Growers organic vegetable farm overlooking Cayuga Lake in Ithaca. He is also a narrator, producer, director, composer, painter and photographer.