Lois Robinson, Executive Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SHREVEPORT SYMPHONY PRESENTS ANNUAL HOLIDAY POPS CONCERT ON SATURDAY,
Concert to be held at the newly-renovated RiverView Theater
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SHREVEPORT, LA, DECEMBER 3, 2019
Saturday, December 21
, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Holiday Pops concert, featuring
Phantom of the Opera
and Louisiana favorite
Sarah Jane McMahon
. The performance will be held at the newly-renovated and reopened
The orchestra has been holding its concerts at the First Baptist Shreveport Church over the past 14 months while the remodeling was in process. The primary focus of the renovation was to bring the building up to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance. Other enhancements included improving the venue's aesthetics, as well as upgrading the public and backstage areas.
WILLIS-KNIGHTON MASTERWORKS SERIES
Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Michael Butterman, conductor
Hugh Panaro & Sarah Jane McMahon, vocalists
Tickets are available online at shreveportsymphony.com
or by phone at 318-227-8863. Prices range from $25-$69.
Tickets for children and students are $10/$15 (by phone only).
The SSO's season sponsor is Willis-Knighton Health System.
The concert sponsor is The Alta and John Franks Foundation.
About Hugh Panaro
Hugh Panaro is perhaps best known for having played the coveted role of the Phantom in Broadway's
The Phantom of the Opera
over 2,000 times, including the 25th Anniversary production. In fact, Hugh is one of the few actors to be cast by Harold Prince as both The Phantom and Raoul in the show's Broadway production and recently starred as the title role in the New York production of
. Hugh made his Broadway debut in the original production of
as Marius, the role he originated in the First National Company. He also created the roles of Buddy in the original
(Sony cast recording); Julian Craster in Jule Styne's last musical,
The Red Shoes
; and the title role in the American premiere of Cameron Mackintosh's
Hugh was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in the title role of Elton John's
, based on Anne Rice's
. He made his West End debut in the original London company of Harold Prince's
as Gaylord Ravenal, the role he previously played in the Broadway and Toronto productions. At the prestigious 5th Avenue Theater in Seattle, Hugh played George Seurat in
Sunday in the Park with George
, and Robert in Stephen Sondheim's Company. Hugh's performance as Jean Valjean in the Walnut Street Theater's production of
earned him the prestigious Barrymore Award, for which he was again nominated after a turn as Fagin in
In 2012, Hugh was honored with the Edwin Forrest Award for his long-term contribution to the theater.
His recordings include
Jerome Kern Treasury
, the original cast recording of
Tap Your Troubles Away
Life On The Wicked Stage
(Kern). His first solo CD, recorded with Sony/BMG, was released in 2007.
About Sarah Jane McMahon
The New York Times
as "bright, active, and fastidiously musical," and by Opera News as having "a golden sound," Sarah Jane McMahon is recognized for her "beautiful vocal sophistication" and "sparkling stage presence." Recently, Sarah Jane sang a Gala concert opposite Placido Domingo and made her debut with The San Francisco Symphony, Munich Philharmonic, the Wiener Konzert Haus, Bremen's Die Glocke, and the Santo Domingo Festival in The Dominican Republic. A frequent guest artist at New York City Opera, she performed Mabel in their new production of
The Pirates of Penzance and was described by
The New York Times
as "the most polished and flexible singer in the cast" and "a deft comic actress." She also received their coveted Kolozsvar Award for her performances as Galatea in Handel's
Acis and Galatea
, and was lauded for her "silvery-voiced soprano" and "real star presence" in Purcell's
Selected by Maestro Placido Domingo to join the Los Angeles Opera, she sang with the celebrated tenor as the Fifth Flower Maiden in
, Naiad in
Ariadne auf Naxos
and The Milliner in
. Sarah Jane also has performed with Bard SummerScape Festival as Xanthe in Richard Strauss'
Die Liebe der Danae
, with the Washington Concert Opera as Dorinda in Handel's
, with Michigan Opera Theatre as Zerlina in
, Arizona Opera as Mabel in
Pirates of Penzance
, Opera Grand Rapids as Fiordiligi in
Cosi Fan Tutte
, Pamina in
, Maria in
West Side Story
and Micaela in
, Opera Omaha as Fanny in
Il Cambiale di Matrimonio
, Toledo Opera as Violetta in
, and Josephine in
with both the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and San Antonio Opera.
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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 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 educate; to enlighten the senses beyond the norm.
- 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 foster artistic, organizational, and financial excellence.