Contact: Lois Robinson, Executive Director
(318) 222-7496 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE SHREVEPORT SYMPHONY BRINGS BACK SHREVEPORT NATIVE AND CELLIST JOHN-HENRY CRAWFORD ON JANUARY 27    
  
SHREVEPORT, LA, JANUARY 9, 2018 - The Shreveport Symphony Orchestra's January 27 concert features the majesty of Schubert's Symphony No. 9 paired with the highly entertaining and eclectic Cello Concerto by Friedrich Gulda, played by Shreveport native son and favorite, 22-year-old John-Henry Crawford.

WILLIS-KNIGHTON MASTERWORKS SERIES 
 
THE GREAT C MAJOR 
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 7:30 PM
RiverView Theater
Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
Michael Butterman, conductor
John-Henry Crawford, cello

GULDA  Cello Concerto    
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9, "Great C Major"

Free Concert Conversation begins at 6:40 PM  
 
Tickets are available online at www.shreveportsymphony.com or by phone at 318-227-8863. Ticket prices range from $20-$60.  Student tickets are $12. 
 
A free shuttle service starts at 6:30 PM before each concert. The shuttle picks up at Regions Bank parking garage at the corner of Milam and Market Streets.
  
The SSO's season sponsor is Willis-Knighton Health System. The concert sponsor is the Shreveport Times.  The guest artist sponsor is Blanchard Walker
 
About John-Henry Crawford   
 
John-Henry Crawford, 22-year-old cellist from Shreveport, LA, 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.

John-Henry gave his solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2011 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 has recently been chosen as one of only three U.S. cellists invited to the Tchaikowsky Competition in Russia, which happens in June every four years. This past November John-Henry was invited to give a solo recital on the International Concert Series of the Louvre in Paris. In 2015 he won First Prize in Cello and Grand Prize at the American String Teachers National Solo Competition, a competition which happens every other year. In May he performed the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Memphis Symphony and recently performed 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 20 states as well as Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Crawford has soloed with many orchestras, including the Louisiana Philharmonic, Rapides Symphony, Mesquite Symphony, and has been a prize winner in numerous competitions, including the Lynn Harrell Competition of the Dallas Symphony, Music Teachers National Association, and Kingsville International. He was accepted at the prestigious Verbier Academy in Switzerland where he was the only American cellist of eight selected world-wide. There he studied with Ralph Kirshbaum, USC's Piatigorsky Chair cellist and Torleif Thedeen, Scandinavian cellist and recording artist. His television performances have been on WHYY public television in Philadelphia, and he is included in the documentary "Maestro Movie."  
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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