Contact: Lois Robinson, Executive Director 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SHREVEPORT SYMPHONY'S HOLIDAY POPS: STARS ON STAGE, DEC. 19 IN SHREVEPORT AND DEC. 20 IN BENTON  
 
SHREVEPORT, LA, december 2, 2015 - On Dec. 19 and 20, fresh from the stages of Broadway (where he starred in The Phantom of the Opera and Showboat) and Carnegie Hall, Doug LaBrecque joins the SSO for an evening of holiday favorites. The dynamic American Idol star LaKisha Jones, recently on Broadway in The Color Purple, will also reign over this spectacular musical event.    
 
WILLIS-KNIGHTON MASTERWORKS SERIES

Holiday Pops:  
Stars on Stage
 
SATURDAY, DEC. 19 - 7:30 PM
RiverView Theater
SUNDAY, DEC. 20 - 6 PM
Cypress Baptist Church, Benton

Doug LaBrecque and LaKisha Jones, soloists
Ark-La-Tex Children's Choir
Michael Butterman, conductor

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 FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE on DEC. 19 - starts at 6:30 PM - Shuttle picks up at Regions Bank parking garage at the corner of Milam & Market Streets. 

Tickets are on sale now online at
www.shreveportsymphony.com or by phone at 318-227-8863. Ticket prices range from $20-$65. Student tickets are $12.  

The SSO's season sponsor is   Willis-Knighton Health System. The concert sponsor is The Alta and John Franks Foundation.  
 

ABOUT DOUG LABRECQUE  
DOUG LABRECQUE thrilled theatre audiences as The Phantom and Raoul in the Harold Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera. In addition, Mr. LaBrecque has starred on Broadway as Ravenal in the Hal Prince revival of Showboat, a role he also performed in Canada and Chicago. He was featured in Oscar Hammerstein's 100th Birthday Celebration on Broadway at The Gershwin Theatre, and toured nationally with Les Miserables. Regionally, Mr. LaBrecque has performed leading roles in Candide, A Chorus Line, and Man of LaMancha among many others. A graduate of University of Michigan he was also featured in the world premiere of A Wonderful Life, written by Sheldon Harnick and Joe Raposo, and starred in the premiere revival of Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner's Love Life. One of the most prolific concert performers of his generation Mr. LaBrecque has been a soloist with some of the world's finest symphony orchestras including the National Symphony, Israel Philharmonic (Tel Aviv), Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, among many others. In the last few years, Mr. LaBrecque's U.S. appearances have
included Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Houston Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Rochester
Philharmonic, and Utah Symphony. In a tribute to Richard Rodgers, Mr. LaBrecque recently made his Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist with the New York Pops, the same season he debuted with the Boston Pops. www.DougLaBrecque.com
 
ABOUT LAKISHA JONES
LAKISHA JONES was a single mother and bank employee originally from Flint, Michigan, who always dreamed of making it big in the music business, and she had the pipes to do just that! Lakisha, who bears a vocal and physical resemblance to Aretha Franklin, blew away American Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson with Aretha's "Think" and "Until You Come Back to Me." Even judge Simon Cowell smiled. "Love this girl," he said. "Love you, Lakisha. You're a good old-fashioned belter." In her appearances on the show, Jones always appeared humble before the judges, and enveloped in everything that is her family, especially her daughter, Brionne. Lakisha says she most admires Whitney Houston and also closely identifies with Fantasia Barrino, a single mother and previous American Idol Champion from Season Three. Lakisha is just getting started with an
acclaimed CD, 'So Glad I'm Me,' as she continues her rise to the top.  http://www.bignoisenow.com/lakishajones.html 

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About the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Since its founding in 1948, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has become Louisiana's oldest continually operating professional orchestra and one of the most respected regional orchestras in the United States. The SSO's mission is: To Embrace - to embrace the community we serve and to be embraced by the same community; to broaden the level of supporters and their involvement with the orchestra; to work across the region with various arts organizations through cooperation and partnerships. To Enlighten - to educate; to enlighten the senses beyond the norm. To Experience - to provide the unique aesthetic experiences of live orchestral music; to give depth and enriching life; to connect people through music; to foster cultural diversity. To Excel - to foster artistic, organizational, and financial excellence.   www.shreveportsymphony.com