Hayley Westenra to join DSO on
17 years old, she burst on the classical music
scene with a debut album that went triple platinum
on European charts and thrilled U.S. audiences
with appearances on Good Morning America, international
singing sensation Haley Westenra joins the DSO
for a very special Motherís Day concert to sing
highlights from her debut CD, Pure, featuring
an eclectic mix of music by Schubert, Gunoud
and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
May 8 at 8 pm
an exclusive engagement with the DSO
tickets, call Ticketmaster at (248) 645-6666 or visit
teacher discovered her perfect pitch when Hayley Westenra
was six years old and singing in a school play. Piano,
violin and recorder lessons followed, as did performances
in musical theater and "busking" on the
streets of her hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand,
with younger sister Sophie. The coins earned from
the sidewalk hustle helped pay for a self-recorded
demo at age 12, which led to an album at 14 and a
Christmas CD soon after.
third album, Pure, is the first album by a New Zealander
to be certified 10x platinum in New Zealand and holds
the record for the most weeks spent at #1 for a New
Zealand artist. Pure made history by becoming the
best selling debut album in the history of the UK
Classical album charts. The album has been certified
double platinum in the UK, platinum in Australia,
and has so far sold 1.2 million copies worldwide.
It was released in the United States in April, 2004.
Josh Groban and Charlotte Church -- more classic than
classical -- Westenra's sweet, soaring melodies include
a mix of pop-styled arias and folk; she also does
a cover of Kate Bush's hit "Wuthering Heights."
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