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Thursday, November 29, 2012

SSO Holiday Concert Features Guest Soloist Armstrong Saturday, December 8

Dominic ArmstrongSALISBURY, MD---The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra at Salisbury University (SSO) presents its annual Holiday Concert, “Opera Classics and Broadway Favorites” with guest tenor Dominic Armstrong, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 8, in Holloway Hall Auditorium. Dr. Jeffrey Schoyen conducts.

A graduate of the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School, Armstrong has performed with Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Regio Torino and the New York City Opera, among others. He also has sung at Ireland’s Wexford Opera Festival and is set to make his Carnegie Hall debut this season.

“We are very fortunate to have such an accomplished tenor join us for this concert,” said Schoyen. “Dominic’s voice will provide a rich tone as we celebrate the holidays and revisit popular works from the stage.”

A grand finalist in National Council auditions with the Metropolitan Opera, his prestigious honors include the Gerda Lissner Award and the Lucrezia Bori Grant. He also was a winner of the Liederkranz Art Song Competition.

Opera News says Armstrong is a “vocal standout,” adding that he leaves “a sizeable mark” on the stage. The Wall Street Journal has called him “unbeatable.” The Washington Post hails him as “vocally strong” and “passionate.” The New York Times lauds him as “suave” and “versatile.”

The concert features holiday favorites including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Let It Snow,” “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” “March of the Toys” from Babes in Toyland and “O Holy Night,” featuring Armstrong.

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Other selections include “Maria” from West Side Story, “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” from Guys and Dolls, “Overture” from The Barber of Seville and the intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana, among others.

Sponsored by Kuhn’s Jewelers; Merrill Lynch Wealth Management; Livingston Hammond & Hill Wealth Management, LLC; and Eastern Shore Coffee & Water, with support from the Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council and Maryland State Arts Council, admission is $20, $15 for seniors, $5 for children ages 18 and under and non-SU students with ID.

To purchase tickets visit the SSO Web site at www.SalisburySymphonyOrchestra.org or the Information Desk of the Guerrieri University Center.

A free shuttle runs from the Guerrieri University Center parking lot on Dogwood Drive to Holloway Hall from 6:30-7:30 p.m., returning after the concert.

The concert is part of SU’s “Notes From All Over” Winter Music Festival. A Kate Spade purse, donated by Kate Spade of Rehoboth Beach, DE, is raffled off at intermission. Raffle tickets, available prior to the concert’s start, are $5 each or three for $10.

For more information call 410-548-5587.



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