DSCC to host concert
Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 11:01 am
The Messenger 11.18.09
Dyersburg State Community College will host its annual Home for the Holidays concert presented by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra on Dec. 4.
Alastair Willis, a candidate for music director for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, will conduct.
Born in Acton, Mass., Willis received a bachelor’s degree with honors from England’s Bristol University and continued his studies at Kingston University, where he earned a postgraduate certificate of education degree. He has appeared with many of the major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Nashville Symphony.
Broadway singing sensation Lisa Vroman will be guest soloist for the evening. She starred for several years as Christine Daae in “The Phantom of the Opera.” As Christine, she garnered Theatre Critic’s awards for the role in a record-breaking run in San Francisco and did a return engagement at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
Vroman is a George London Competition Grant recipient and a 1999 Minerva Award recipient from Potsdam State University. She received an undergraduate degree in music education from the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, and a master of fine arts at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
She will perform “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” and “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” among other songs.
To complete the full program of holiday classics, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the University of Memphis Singers, under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Edwards, will join the symphony. The concert will conclude with the traditional holiday sing-along.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the E.H. Lannom Jr. Gymnasium on the DSCC campus. Tickets are now available for purchase at the business office in the Eller Building on campus. Ticket costs are $35 for priority seating, $15 for adults and $5 for students. They will also be available for purchase at the door the evening of the performance.
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