Lois Robinson, Executive Director
(318) 222-7496 


Concert features Shreveport native John-Henry Crawford, cello, and  
Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5
SHREVEPORT, LA, SEPTEMBER 5, 2019 - On Saturday, September 21, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) will present an Opening Night Orchestra Spectacular featuring works by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 543 Ockley Drive, Shreveport.
Following the fanfare-like Polonaise from Eugene Onegin , Shreveport native son John-Henry Crawford returns to the SSO stage with the ever popular Rococo Variations. The program closes with the exciting Symphony No. 5.


Opening Night All-Tchaikovsky Spectacular 
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 
First Baptist Shreveport
Michael Butterman, conductor

TCHAIKOVSKY Polonaise from Eugene Onegin 
TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme
John-Henry Crawford, cello
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5
A free pre-concert discussion starts at 6:40 p.m. 
Tickets are available online at or by phone at 318-227-8863. Prices range from $20-$63.  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 Shreveport Times
About John-Henry Crawford  
John-Henry Crawford, a 26-year-old cellist from Shreveport, is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Carter Brey, Principal Cellist of New York Philharmonic and Peter Wiley, formerly of the Guarneri Quartet. John-Henry held the Nina and Billy Albert Fellowship at Curtis. He was accepted at age 15 and served as principal cellist of the Curtis Orchestra during his senior year. His is currently a scholarship graduate student of Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School of Music in NY. He has also studied with Hans Jorgen Jensen and Andres Diaz.
John-Henry recently won first prize at the 2019 Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition, held in Morelia, Mexico. He gave his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra as First Prize Winner of the orchestra's Greenfield Concerto Competition. He received praise from The Philadelphia Inquirer, stating that he "projected polished charisma and a singing sound in Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto." He was one of only two U.S. cellists selected worldwide to compete in the XV International Tchaikowsky Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. John-Henry was invited to give a solo recital on the International Concert Series of the Louvre in Paris, and in 2015 he won First Prize in Cello and Grand Prize at the American String Teachers National Solo Competition. 
He has performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Memphis Symphony and the Dvořák Concerto with Shreveport Symphony. He has been featured twice with Christopher O'Riley on National Public Radio's "From the Top" show, and has given concerts in 26 states as well as Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Brazil, Costa Rica, Belgium, and Mexico. 
John-Henry performs on the 200-year-old European cello smuggled out of Austria in 1938 by his grandfather, cellist Dr. Robert Popper. In addition to playing the cello he enjoys reading, swimming, and performing magic tricks.
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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.