Performers

  • Macomb Symphony Orchestra
    Macomb Symphony Orchestra
  • Andrew Neer
    Andrew Neer
    Music Director & Conductor

    American conductor, Andrew Neer, was born in Tucker, Georgia and currently resides in Grosse Pointe, Michigan with his wife, Mary Lynn. He is quickly becoming known for his dynamic and expressive conducting style. His focus has been to educate and expand appreciation of music. He believes that at the heart of everything, music is the soul of America and provides transformative experiences for those performing and participating in the audience.

    Living in Michigan for most of his life, he is thrilled to join the Macomb Symphony Orchestra family. He attended Central Michigan University (CMU) studying Composition, Trumpet and Music Theatre Performance. Following his time at CMU, he obtained two Master of Music degrees in Composition and Conducting, respectively, from Wayne State University, Detroit MI. His composition experience ranges from that of the art song to film scores.

    In the summer 2013, he was invited to conduct Verdi’s La Traviata for Michigan Opera Theatre’s community programs, receiving high acclaim. In early 2016, he embarked on an international conducting career, appearing with orchestras in Romania and Bulgaria. He is honored to study privately with orchestral conductor & mentor Kenneth Kiesler. In the Fall of 2020, Andrew began Doctoral Studies in Orchestral Conducting at the world-renown University of Michigan. In addition to working with orchestras, Mr. Neer has been honored to lead choruses and conduct operas in and around Metropolitan Detroit.

  • Jennifer Cresswell
    Jennifer Cresswell
    Soprano

    A riveting and expressive artist, Jennifer Cresswell is a sought-after singer, teacher, and public speaker. A veteran performer with Detroit Opera, she has been seen in Europera 3 by John Cage, as the Social Worker in X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, Mrs. Ford in Frida, and as Cherubino in Ragnar Kjartansson’s12-hour marathon work, Bliss. Her passion for American Opera has allowed her to embody such characters as Magda Sorel in The Consul, Anna Maurrant in Street Scene, Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire, The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, Charlotte in Before Breakfast, and Hannah After in As One. In 2021 she premiered the role of Olivia in INTERSTATE, a chamber opera by Kamala Sankaram, which was released as a film by Minnesota Opera and has appeared at numerous film festivals. Favorite roles from the traditional operatic canon include Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Liù in Turandot.

    In addition to the operatic stage, Jennifer is an avid concert performer, including soprano soloist for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and David Lang’s Simple Song #3, as well as themed recitals including NOIR: Celebrating the Femme Fatales of Old Hollywood, That’s Chicago, and The Murder Ballad Recital. A champion of new music, she has given the world premieres of works by Kamala Sankaram, Felix Jarrar, Mikhail Johnson, Susan J. Feingold, Kristi Fullerton, and Jason K. Nitsch.

    An accomplished writer, she has served as librettist for multiple new works, published articles in Classical Singer, Middle Class Artist, and An Injustice! magazines, and had her poetry read as part of the WHY Collective’s performances in Time Square.
    Dr. Cresswell is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she was named a Presidential Fellow by the Rackham Graduate School and a recognized Scholar by the Center for the Education of Women. Her work with INTERSTATE earned her the Social Impact Award from the School of Music, Theatre and Dance EXCEL Lab, and her dissertation, Murder, She Sang: A Progression on Sopranos and Death, has been called “groundbreaking” and an “outstanding contribution to the field.” She is the creator of the GoPractice App for singing technique and maintains an active presence on TikTok with a following over 25,000.

Location

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, MI 48038-1139
Series

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Date

Nov 17 2024

Time

3:00 pm

Cost

$25.00

Barber: Knoxville with Jennifer Cresswell, soprano

Join your Macomb Symphony and Music Director Andrew Neer for a night of fantastically beautiful music!!

We love to dream, and why not dream and reminisce with Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915, and his luscious Adagio for Strings.

Program (subject to change):

Barber: Adagio for Strings
Barber: Knoxville, Summer of 1915
more to come!

We can’t wait to see you there. Stay tuned for more details!

Tickets: $25
Senior: $20
Groups (15 or more): $18/ticket
Veterans: $15
Children 12 & under: FREE