SYMPHONY WELCOMES 17-YEAR-OLD SINGING SENSATION HAYLEY WESTENRA
Kim D. Gifford
17-YEAR-OLD SINGING SENSATION
ADDS SHINE TO ALREADY STAR-STUDDED SERIES THAT INCLUDES MARTIN
SHORT, TOMMY TUNE
– The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has just signed 17-year-old
singer Hayley Westenra to its “Christmas at the Pops” shows,
set for December 3 & 4, 2004, on the Deloitte Pops Series
led by Principal Pops Conductor Richard Kaufman. The teenage
singer’s self-titled debut recording for Universal New Zealand
featured an eclectic mix of show music and classical pieces;
it went straight to No.1 in the pop charts (where it remained
for four weeks); turned triple platinum; and made Westenra
the fastest-selling local artist in New Zealand's history.
called her “A Classy Classical Kid,” Billboard featured Westenra
as one of its “Platinum Stars,” a New York Times headline
read “the voice of an angel takes flight” and New Zealand
opera legend Dame Malvina Major says of Hayley's voice, "It's
absolutely musically true. A lot of young singers have beautiful
voices but they have to be guided into that sort of clarity.
She has it naturally." The Westenra phenomena continues
in 2004 with a headline tour of New Zealand, Australia, Japan
and the UK, the release of “Pure,” her first international
CD, and the recording of her first ever DVD.
appearance adds to an already star-studded “Center-Stage”
package. The package kicks off with singer/dancer/comedian
Martin Short in a showcase of his multiple musical talents.
The “Center-Stage” package also includes Tony-Award winning
singer/dancer Tommy Tune, the jazzy and diverse Empire Brass,
The Flying Karamozov Brothers with a high-flying, off-the-wall
evening of performance art and a “south of the border” fiesta
with “Hot Latin Nights” featuring Jeff Tyzik and the Mambo
addition to the shows listed above, the Deloitte Pops series
also includes stars such as Burt Bacharach, Maureen McGovern,
Asleep at the Wheel and the Irish Rovers and specials including
are on sale now. Single tickets will go on sale in early August.
Subscriptions for the six-concert “Center-Stage” package start
at $96. Tickets may be purchased from the Dallas Symphony
Patron Services Center, located on the lower level of the
Meyerson Symphony Center (214-692-0203), or by logging on
to www.DallasSymphonySummer.com. Patron Services Center hours
are from 10:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Saturday.
Deloitte Pops Series is sponsored by Deloitte. The concerts
are supported in part by the City of Dallas.
Deloitte Pops Series
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Richard Kaufman, principal pops conductor
Martin Short, September 3-4, 2004
“Christmas at the Pops,” December 3-4, 2004
Tommy Tune, January 28-29, 2005
Empire Brass, April 8-9, 2005
The Flying Karamozov Brothers, April 22-23, 2005
“Hot Latin Nights” with Jeff Tyzik and the Mambo Kings, May
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