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SSO Presents 'A Broadway Star Comes Home: Music From Stage and Screen' with Jennifer Hope Wills Saturday, May 9

Salisbury Symphony OrchestraSALISBURY, MD---The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at Salisbury University (SSO), directed by Dr. Jeffrey Schoyen, presents its annual Spring Concert, “A Broadway Star Comes Home: Music From Stage and Screen,” with guest Jennifer Hope Wills 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, in Holloway Hall Auditorium.

Wills, a Maryland native and SU alumna, has made her mark on Broadway, starring as Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera and co-starring with Brooke Shields in Wonderful Town. She also has portrayed Belle in the Broadway production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and performed in the City Center’s popular Encores! Series, as well as with some of the leading regional theatres across the country.

The New York Times has hailed her “assured stage presence,” adding that “it is a pleasure to hear her sing.” Variety has called her “warm and winsome,” noting her “sweet soprano.”

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She participates in a pre-concert question-and-answer session 1 p.m. Friday, May 8, in the Teacher Education and Technology Center Room 153.

With the SSO she performs Broadway favorites including “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from The Phantom of the Opera, “A Little Bit in Love” from Wonderful Town, “The Hills Are Alive” from The Sound of Music, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel, “My White Knight” from The Music Man and “If I Were a Bell” from Guys and Dolls, among others.

From Broadway, the SSO then takes listeners to Hollywood with the themes from Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Pink Panther and Schindler’s List, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, Allegretto from The King’s Speech.

The concert is part of SU’s annual Spring Music Festival, “From Havana to Harlem to Hollywood: A Tribute to Music of the Americas.”

Admission is $25, $20 for seniors age 60 and older, and $5 for non-SU students and SU faculty and staff. SU student ID holders receive one ticket free. Advance tickets are available online at www.SalisburySymphonyOrchestra.org and at the Information Desk of the Guerrieri University Center.

For more information call 410-543-8366 or visit the SSO website.


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