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Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Pops Presents VALENTINE ROMANCE This Weekend

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Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Pops Presents VALENTINE ROMANCE This Weekend

Milwaukee, WI --

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Pops presents Valentine Romance this weekend, February 14-16, 2014, at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts with guest conductor John Morris Russell, vocalist Lisa Vroman, and members of Danceworks Performance Company. The performances include pieces such as "All I Ask of You" from Phantom of the Opera, "If I Loved You" fromCarousel, "Till There Was You" from The Music Man, and Tango (Por Una Cabeza).

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

The 2013.14 season marks John Morris Russell's third full season as conductor of the Cincinnati Pops. Consistently winning international praise for his extraordinary music-making and visionary leadership, he was recently named music director of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. 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. As a guest conductor, Mr. Russell has worked with many of North America's most distinguished ensembles. Abroad he conducted at the famed Musikverein in Vienna in a concert that featured the Harlem Boychoir, the Vienna Choir Boys, and the actor Gregory Peck. 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.

Lisa Vroman

has established herself as one of America's most versatile voices. She has been regarded as a "musical and theatrical marvel" by The San Francisco Chronicle, as well as "one of American musical theater's most beautiful voices" by acclaimed Broadway producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh. Among her extensive repertoire, Ms. Vroman starred on Broadway, in San Francisco, and Los Angeles as Christine Daae? in The Phantom of the Opera. Her many roles include: Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus; both Fantine and Cosette in Les Miserables; Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella (New York City Opera); Marion Paroo in The Music Man (Shirley Jones); Lili Vanessi in Kiss Me Kate (Glimmerglass Opera/St. Louis MUNY); and Anna Leonowens in The King and I (Lyric Opera of Virginia). For PBS, she played Johanna in Sweeney Todd in Concert (Patti Lupone) and reprised her role as Christine from The Phantom of the Opera with Colm Wilkinson in the BBC London Royal Gala, Hey Mr. Producer! Visit her at lisavroman.com

Founded in 1992, Danceworks enhances the joy, health, and creativity of the community through performances, classes, and outreach activities integrating dance and other art forms. Danceworks established its own resident performing company, Danceworks Performance Company (DPC), in 1997. DPC is an acclaimed professional contemporary dance company known for dance that is physical, entertaining, and honest. Collaboration fuels the creative vision of the company members as they regularly work alongside guest artists and within Danceworks's community programs. The ensemble nature of the artistic product fulfills DPC's goal to share the company's choreographic voice-and Danceworks's organizational goal of collaborating with outside artists and arts organizations from other disciplines has proven to be a successful hallmark of its work. More information is available at danceworksmke.org.

Valentine Romance
John Morris Russell, conductor
Lisa Vroman, vocalist
Danceworks Performance Company

Dani Kuepper, Melissa Anderson, Christal Wagner, Edwin Olvera, Jorge Quintero,and Alberto Cambra

Uihlein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts

February 14, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. February 15, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. February 16, 2014 | 2:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $25 to $105. For more information, call 414.291.7605 or visit mso.org. Tickets may also be purchased through the Marcus Center Box Office at 414.273.7206.

ABOUT THE MSO: Ranked among the top orchestras in the country, the MSO is the largest cultural institution in Wisconsin. Since its inception in 1959, the orchestra has received critical acclaim for artistic excellence. The orchestra's full-time professional musicians perform more than 135 concerts each season. A cornerstone organization in Milwaukee's arts community, the MSO provides enrichment and education activities for audiences of every age, economic status, and background.

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