Concert: A New Nutcracker
Gary Kelley imagines Duke Ellington.
A brand new version of the Nutcracker featuring Duke Ellington’s arrangement of the holiday classic paired with the irresistible visual storytelling of Gary Kelley. This perfect holiday diversion for the whole family includes hands-on musical exploration in the lobby, the orchestra and youth musicians performing jazzy holiday favorites, and an audience sing-along.
Duke Ellington – The Nutcracker with illustration by Gary Kelley
Vince Guaraldi – A Charlie Brown Christmas
Selections with Waterloo West Chamber Choir
Leroy Anderson – Sleigh Ride
Gary Kelley // Gary Kelley is a well-established, highly regarded artist among both the public and his peers. With the ability to capture the essence of his subject, his beautiful works have become an emblem of fine art within the industry. He received his degree in art from the University of Northern Iowa in 1968 and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1995. Gary is a member of the prestigious Society of Illustrators and has received 27 gold and silver medals from the Society's Annual Exhibitions in New York, setting a society record. In 2007, Gary was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame.
Kelley is a highly sought after artist whose clients include Time Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, and Playboy. His illustrations have been commissioned by The National Football League, The National Basketball Association, Geffen Playhouse, Santa Fe Opera, Island Records, the Kentucky Derby, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Kelley is the creative force behind the murals that adorn Barnes & Noble Bookstores across the nation depicting famous writers of the past two centuries. He also recently completed a suite of monotypes which will be reproduced as a large mural on the walls of the Google Data Center in Council Bluffs, IA.
Kelley’s repertoire includes the illustration of many picture books, including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Rip Van Winkle, The Necklace, Macbeth, Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Boshhlobberbosh, Tallchief, T is for Toscana, The Stolen Smile and Black Cat Bone. He currently has a one-man show, 'Giving the Devil His Due', at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA featuring pastels and monotypes from several of these books along with other works inspired by musical themes. Kelley has also showcased his enormous talent in a series of unique multimedia presentations for wcfsymphony.
Kelley has lectured and conducted seminars at The Smithsonian, Corcoran Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Art Institute of Southern California, Academy of Art, Ringling School of Art, Hallmark Cards, Rhode Island School of Design, Society of Illustrators New York and Los Angeles, The Chicago Art Institute, The Norman Rockwell Museum and Montreuil Book Fair in Paris.
Gary and his wife Linda reside in Cedar Falls, Iowa and are the proud parents of two children.
Waterloo West Concert Choir // The Waterloo West Concert Choir is an auditioned ensemble of approximately fifty upperclasspeople. Members of the choir have been selected to perform the National Anthem for the Minnesota Twins, numerous state sporting events, and the IHSSA All-State Individual Events Festival. Many have also been selected for All-State Choir, All-State Large Group and Individual Speech, varsity sports, the International Baccalaureate program at West, and a variety of other high caliber musical, athletic, and academic groups. They are honored to perform on today’s program, marking their first collaboration with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony.
James Healy // James Healy is currently the Vocal Music Director at Waterloo West High School and Director of Music Ministry at St. Timothys United Methodist Church in Cedar Falls. He teaches private voice lessons, has worked as pit director and vocal coach for multiple school and community theater productions in the Cedar Valley, and serves as assistant large group and individual events speech coach at West High. Originally from Jefferson, Iowa, James received his BME from the University of Northern Iowa, where he studied voice with Dr. Jean McDonald and conducting with Dr. John Wiles.