DEBBY BOONE PAYS TRIBUTE TO ROSEMARY CLOONEY WITH DSO PERFORMANCE

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Detroit, (November 13, 2012) – Debby Boone and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will light up the lively Holiday season at Orchestra Hall with Boone’s heart-warming evening of “Christmas Memories,” featuring favorites of the season. Led by conductor John Oddo, Boone will also perform a tender tribute to Rosemary Clooney from her “Reflections of Rosemary” album—a gift from the daughter-in-law to a beloved mentor. The Wayne State University Symphonic Chorus will join Boone with vocals, led by choir director Norah Duncan IV.

For the performance, Boone will wear one of Clooney’s original Edith Head gowns, paying tribute not only to her mother-in-law’s musical talent, but also to her iconic style.

This DSO Presents concert is sponsored by Greektown Casino-Hotel.

About Debby Boone

Debby Boone earned instant fame when her first single, “You Light Up My Life”, was an overnight hit. The tune claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard charts for 10 straight weeks and sold in excess of four million copies. “You Light Up My Life” ranks # 7 in Billboard Magazine’s The Hot 100’s All-Time Top-Charting Songs of the last five decades. Debby received the GRAMMY® Award for Best New Artist of the Year, and has since won two additional GRAMMY Awards, and seven GRAMMY nominations.

Debby Boone’s current Concord Records release, Reflections of Rosemary, is an intimate musical portrait of her late mother-in-law, the legendary singer Rosemary Clooney, for whom Debby had great love and respect. The CD is a collection of 14 standards chosen for their significance in Boone’s life with Clooney, and is led by Clooney’s longtime Musical Director, John Oddo. Debby continues to tour Reflections of Rosemary along with John Oddo at Performing Arts Centers and Symphony Halls throughout the USA.

Debby’s new EP Album and show titled “Swing This” was inspired by her childhood years immersed in the Las Vegas “Swing” culture of the ‘60’s while traveling with her father, Pat Boone. “Swing This” is a reflection of the music, glamour, and pure exhilaration that led Debby to become a performer in the first place. In Debby’s own words, “Swing This” is “the party I’ve been waiting to throw my whole life,” and you’re invited to join us for this new show premiering Fall 2011.

Her appearance with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts was a real highlight for Debby and her audience. Robert Kaufman, Principal Pops Conductor of Pacific Symphony confirms, “Debby was a shining light on our Pops season, in the tradition of great singers who bring a song to life just the way the Composer intended. Her voice is superb and her stage presence endearing.”

In addition to her recording career, Debby’s starring roles on Broadway include Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the role of Maria in Lincoln Center’s 30th Anniversary production of The Sound of Music, and as Rizzo of Grease. Debby toured nationally in Meet Me In St. Louis, and performed the role of Anna in the 50th Anniversary staging of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, The King and I at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center in California.

Recent stage performances of Debby’s include New York’s third annual “24 Hour Musicals”, whereby Debby was joined by a talented group of nearly 50 industry professionals to write, produce, compose, and perform short original musicals within 24 hours! Additionally, for the third year in a row, Debby performed in this year’s “Lyrics and Lyricists” event at the 92nd St. Y, with musical director John Oddo. Debby also looks forward to continuing her “Christmas Memories” show this year with the Gatlin Brothers at the Mansion Theatre in Branson, Missouri.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets to see Debby Boone: Christmas Memories at Orchestra Hall range from $25-$55 and $70 for box seats. Tickets may be purchased at the Max M. Fisher Music Center box office (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit); by calling (313) 576-5111; or online at dso.org. For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.

PERFORMANCE

Debby Boone: Christmas Memories

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Debby Boone, vocalist

John Oddo, conductor

Norah Duncan IV, choir director
Wayne State University Concert Chorale, chorus
Wayne State University Symphonic Chorus, chorus

Sat., Dec.15 at 8 p.m.

Selections to be announced from stage

About the DSO:

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season. In 2011, the DSO launched its Live from Orchestra Hall HD webcast series, becoming the first orchestra in the world to live

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stream its full season of classical concerts for free via web and mobile devices. The DSO performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts and festivals. The DSO makes its home in historic Orchestra Hall, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, and actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org

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