Detroit, (December 13, 2012) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) announces a night of holiday fun and joy as they present some of Detroit’s favorite holiday musical traditions with Home For The Holidays at Orchestra Hall. The performances, featuring pieces like Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus from Messiah and Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, will take place on Friday, December 21 at 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m.; Saturday, December 22 at 3 p.m. and 8pm and Sunday, December 23 at 3p.m. Cincinnati Pops Conductor as well as guest conductor and Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, John Morris Russell will lead the orchestra in this holiday celebration and evening of favorites.

Local soprano Kisma Jordan, along with the Andover High School Choir and the Grosse Pointe South High School Pointe Singers will join the Orchestra in presenting such seasonal staples as “Ave Maria” and “Ding Dong! Merrily on High.”

This Pops Series performance is sponsored by Greektown Casino-Hotel and the MASCO Corporation Foundation.

About Kisma Jordan

Kisma Jordan, soprano, a native of Detroit, is emerging as one of the country’s most luminous vocal talents. On the opera stage as well as in concert and recital, she has been recognized for her soul-stirring communicative ability and “shimmering soprano voice,” as noted by The New York Times. She has won top prizes in The Fritz and Lavinia Jensen Vocal Competition, The Belcanto Vocal Scholarship, The Baltimore Music Club and The National Association of Teachers of Singing. As a Semi-finalist of the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, she has been privileged to receive gracious Education Fund Awards from the Met.

In 2011, Jordan was awarded the A. Grace Lee Mims Vocal Scholarship by the Cleveland Foundation. She also made solo debuts with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra as part of their Masterworks Series, followed by the Louisiana Philharmonic. Her most recent performances include Nedda in Repertory Opera Theatre of Washington’s production of Pagliacci, and Anne Trulove at the Baltimore Lyric Opera in their production of The Rake’s Progress. This fall, Jordan performed the Vier Letze lieder (The Four Last Songs) with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra as part of her award as winner of the Sylvia L. Green Voice Competition.

Jordan began her undergraduate studies at Kentucky State University where she was awarded a full academic and vocal music scholarship. Although not a vocal performance major upon entering KSU, her love of music, private voice studies, opera theatre experiences and concert choir activities proved too strong a passion to ignore. She earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2004, and now holds graduate degrees in vocal performance from Bowling Green State and most recently, Peabody Conservatory.

About John Morris Russell

At the close of the 2011-12 season, John Morris Russell completed his first full season as Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, one of Cincinnati’s most treasured assets and one of the world’s most respected pops orchestras. Consistently winning international praise for his extraordinary music-making and visionary leadership, he was recently named Music Director of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, in Hilton Head, South Carolina. He completed his role as Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada at the end of the 2011-12 season, whereupon he was named that orchestra’s first Conductor Laureate.

With his position at the Pops, Russell leads performances at Cincinnati’s Music Hall and the Riverbend Music Center; additionally he conducts the orchestra in concerts throughout the Greater Cincinnati region as well as on tour—serving as a musical ambassador to help cultivate the reputation of the Cincinnati region as one of the world’s leading cultural centers. No stranger to Cincinnati audiences, for many seasons Russell served as Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. He was recognized for his innovative programming and commitment to attracting new and diverse audiences to orchestral music, creating the Classical Roots: Spiritual Heights series, which brought the music of African-American composers and performers to thousands of listeners in area churches, and was also the co-creator of the Christmas spectacular, Home for the Holidays.

As a guest conductor, Russell has worked with many of North America’s most distinguished ensembles, leading Canadian orchestras that include Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Kitchener-Waterloo and Orchestra London. In the US he has conducted the orchestras of Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Dallas, Louisville, Miami’s New World Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, Colorado Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, New York Pops, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Music Festival.

2011-12 marked Russell’s 11th and final season as Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. While at Windsor he fostered a decade of unprecedented artistic growth and invigorated the musical life of the Windsor-Essex region. Under Russell’s baton, the WSO made 17 national broadcasts on CBC Radio 2.

Russell has also served as associate conductor of the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, director of the orchestral program at Vanderbilt University, and music director with the College Light Opera Company in Falmouth, Massachusetts. He received a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Williams College in Massachusetts. He has also studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Hancock, Maine.


Tickets to see Home For the Holidays at Orchestra Hall range from $25-$73 and $110 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. Detroit residents may reserve a ticket for $20 each in any section, excluding the box level, within two weeks of the performance. A valid photo ID with a Detroit address is required. (While supplies last) For group discount information (10 people or more), please contact Chuck Dyer at (313) 576-5130 or cdyer@dso.org.


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Home For The Holidays

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

John Morris Russell, conductor

Fri., Dec. 21 at 10:45 a.m.

Fri. Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. Special Family Saturday Matinee

Sat., Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 23 at 3 p.m.

AMUNDSON Angel’s Dance
SHAW Many Moods of Christmas Suite IV
Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light
The First Nowell
O Little Town of Bethlehem
I Saw Three Ships
Deck The Halls with Boughs of Holly


A Winter Miracle


The Polar Express

arch. GOUNOD

Ave Maria (Meditation)
WILLCOCKS Ding Dong! Merrily on High
ADAM O Holy Night
arr. HARRIS We Three Kings
MENDELSSOHN Elijah, OP. 70. No. 29: “He watching over Israel”
HANDEL Judas Judas Maccabeus, HWV 63:

“See the Conquering Hero Comes”

“Hallejuah” chorus from Messiah

BIZET “Farandole” from L’Arlésienne Suite No. 2


Sleigh Ride
ELGAR Enigma Variations, Op. 36

IX. “Nimrod” Moderato

arr. REINEKE “Go Tell It on the Mountain”
arr. FINNEGAN Christmas Singalong

Jingle Bells

Joy to the World

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Away in a Manager

O Come, All Ye Faithful

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 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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