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Free pops concert kicks off 2014-15 season for Firelands Symphony Orchestra 

The Firelands Symphony Orchestra will welcome internationally-acclaimed soprano Kishna Davis for its fifth free outdoor pops concert, Aug. 24, on the BGSU Firelands campus in Huron.

Ms. Davis is widely renowned for her performances in opera, with orchestras and as a solo concert artist. She will begin her appearance with the FSO with the evocative Summertime, from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. She has performed excerpts from this iconic American composition with orchestras across the United States, including with the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolftrap, as well as in Mexico and with several orchestras in Europe.

The FSO program also includes such tunes as Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man from Showboat, Through the Eyes of Love (theme from the movie Ice Castles), medleys from The Sound of Music, Grease and Victory at Sea, and Ohio’s official rock song, Hang on Sloopy. 

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Guests are invited to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy the picturesque surroundings of McBride Arboretum. In case of rain, the event will move inside to the Sandusky State Theatre at 7:30 p.m.  Check the FSO website, FirelandsSymphony.com for updates. This is a no-alcohol event.

Ms. Davis, a winner of the Baltimore Opera Competition, is a graduate of The Juilliard Opera Center, where she received her master’s degree in music. She also holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Morgan State University. Ms. Davis was twice invited to be soprano soloist for the New Year’s Eve Gala at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. 

She has performed operatic arias with symphonies in Phoenix, Annapolis, Philadelphia, Dallas, Baltimore, Colorado and Annapolis and soprano solos in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony,  Missa Solemnis, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music (Cleveland Jazz Fest), Maria’s songs from West Side Story (Spokane Symphony), and with the Berlin (Germany) Philharmonic.

This fifth annual free FSO pops concert is made possible by the sponsorship of Medical Mutual of Ohio and grants from The Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Foundation and The Frost-Parker Foundation.

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