Lois Robinson, Executive Director
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Concert to be held at the newly-renovated RiverView Theater

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SHREVEPORT, LA, DECEMBER 3, 2019  - On Saturday, December 21 , the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra presents its annual Holiday Pops concert, featuring Hugh Panaro from Broadway's Phantom of the Opera  and Louisiana favorite Sarah Jane McMahon . The performance will be held at the newly-renovated and reopened  RiverView Theater .

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. 


Holiday Pops
Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 
RiverView Theater
Michael Butterman, conductor
Hugh Panaro & Sarah Jane McMahon, vocalists

Tickets are available online at  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  Sweeney Todd . Hugh made his Broadway debut in the original production of  Les Misérables  as Marius, the role he originated in the First National Company. He also created the roles of Buddy in the original  Side Show  (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  Martin Guerre .
Hugh was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in the title role of Elton John's  Lestat , based on Anne Rice's  Vampire Chronicles . He made his West End debut in the original London company of Harold Prince's  Show Boat  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  Les Misérables  earned him the prestigious Barrymore Award, for which he was again nominated after a turn as Fagin in  Oliver!  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  Side Show Tap Your Troubles Away  (Herman),  The Centennial  (Weil), and  Life On The Wicked Stage  (Kern). His first solo CD, recorded with Sony/BMG, was released in 2007.

About Sarah Jane McMahon

Hailed by  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  King Arthur .
Selected by Maestro Placido Domingo to join the Los Angeles Opera, she sang with the celebrated tenor as the Fifth Flower Maiden in  Parsifal , Naiad in  Ariadne auf Naxos  and The Milliner in  Der Rosenkavalier . 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  Orlando , with Michigan Opera Theatre as Zerlina in  Don Giovanni , Arizona Opera as Mabel in  Pirates of Penzance , Opera Grand Rapids as Fiordiligi in  Cosi Fan Tutte , Pamina in  Die Zauberflöte , Maria in  West Side Story  and Micaela in  Carmen , Opera Omaha as Fanny in  Il Cambiale di Matrimonio , Toledo Opera as Violetta in  La Traviata , and Josephine in  HMS Pinafore  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 - 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.