FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SHREVEPORT SYMPHONY'S HOLIDAY POPS CONCERTS TO FEATURE BROADWAY STARS FROM PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Shreveport, LA, DECEMBER 1, 2014 - The Shreveport Symphony's Holiday Pops: Stars on Stage concerts
will be held on Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 PM at the RiverView Theater in Shreveport, and on Sunday, December 21 at 6 PM at the Cypress Baptist Church in Benton.
"Gary Mauer and Elizabeth Southard, straight from the Broadway stages of Showboat and Phantom of the Opera, will bring their inimitable style to favorite songs of the season," said SSO executive director Lois Robinson.
WILLIS-KNIGHTON MASTERWORKS SERIES
HOLIDAY POPS: STARS ON STAGE
Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 21, 2014 - 6 PM
Cypress Baptist Church, Benton
GARY MAUER | bio
ELIZABETH SOUTHARD | bio
HOLIDAY POPS CHORUS
Kermit Poling, conductor | bio
Tickets are on sale now online at shreveportsymphony.com or by phone at 318-227-8863. Ticket prices range from $17-$62. Student tickets are $12.
The SSO's season sponsor is Willis-Knighton Health System. The concert sponsor is The Alta and John Franks Foundation. For the Shreveport concert, a free shuttle service starts at 6:30 PM, picking up at Regions Bank parking garage at the corner of Milam & Market Streets.
Gary Mauer was seen on Broadway as the Phantom in the Hal Prince production of The Phantom of the Opera
, a role he previously performed on the National tour. Previously he starred in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera
, performing the romantic leading role of Raoul. In addition, Mr. Mauer performed in the Broadway production of Les Miserables
in the role of Enjolras, the revolutionary leader, a role he also performed with the National Tour in the US and Singapore. In addition, he performed the leading role of Gaylord Ravenal in the National Tour of Show Boat
, opposite his wife, Elizabeth Southard. Mr. Mauer was also a featured soloist in the world tour of "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber," with Michael Crawford, bringing him to Japan, Australia, England, Scotland and culminating back in the US, where he performed for two weeks at the famous Radio City Music Hall in New York City. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Mr. Mauer has performed with symphony orchestras all over the world including the Brazil Symphony Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony (with Marvin Hamlisch), Hong Kong Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Utah Symphony and Opera, Buffalo Philharmonic, Phoenix Symphony, San Diego Symphony, among many others. Mr. Mauer has performed numerous times with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and toured with Mr. Nero in Spain. Gary was the guest soloist in many concerts with the late Marvin Hamlisch. www.garymauer.com
Elizabeth Southard has worked extensively in musical theatre, on Broadway and in National tours. Beth starred on Broadway as Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera
, a role she also performed in the Vancouver, B.C. production and the National tour along side her husband, Gary Mauer. She was chosen by Harold Prince to star as Magnolia in his latest revival of Showboat
in the First National Tour. She was also seen Off-Broadway in Jack Eric William's Swamp Gas and Shallow Feelings
as Sherlyn. Other tours include: Christine in the Yeston/Kopit Phantom and The Sound of Music
with Marie Osmond. Elizabeth has been guest soloist with orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Anchorage Symphony, and the Flagstaff Symphony. She also toured throughout Germany and performed at the Opera Comique in Paris. www.elizabethsouthard.com
Since its founding in 1948, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra (SSO) has become Louisiana's oldest continually operating professional orchestra and one of the most respected regional orchestras in the United States. In August 2005, Maestro Michael Butterman was appointed the fourth Music Director in the orchestra's 65-year history. For more information, visit www.shreveportsymphony.com.
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