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Soprano Renee Fleming to open 2014-15 Lubbock Symphony Orchestra season

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Provided by the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra

The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra will begin the 2014-15 season on September 9, 2014 with an opening night gala featuring world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming. Known as "the people's diva," Renée Fleming has become one of the most beloved international musical icons of our time.

Renée Fleming, already an international star, became a household name in February 2014 when she became the first classical singer ever to perform the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Fleming also accomplished something else historic when, in 2008, she became the first woman ever to solo headline an opening night gala for the Metropolitan Opera. Fleming was also very busy in 2012 when she performed at the Diamond Jubilee Concert celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's 60th year on the throne. She was honored in 2013 by President Obama as the recipient of the 2012 National Medal of Arts. Beyond these historic accomplishments, Fleming is a four-time Grammy Winner and in 2013 won the Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo.

Dr. Mary Saathoff, President and CEO of the LSO, said she is very excited about the LSO's collaboration with Fleming and believes it is a point of pride for Lubbock. Dr. Saathoff said, "We've had many wonderful guest artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Susan Graham, and Yo-Yo Ma. Having Renée Fleming the same year as she sung the Super Bowl is a great coup and continues to show that the LSO can attract the world's greatest superstars."

Maestro David Cho, LSO Music Director comments: "Just imagine the excitement the community will experience through the artistry of Ms. Fleming. The Lubbock Symphony, through its rightfully boastful team of musicians, administration and the Board, aspires to become one of the country's top orchestras. We are hoping to make these galas, featuring a world-class artist, an annual event."

Renée Fleming has performed operas, recitals, and concert appearances of the great stages of Paris, Geneva, London, Rio de Janeiro, Vienna, Hong Kong, Beijing, New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. In September, that list will grow to include Lubbock and any music lovers in the area will not want to miss the opportunity to witness this concert.

Fleming's gala performance will mark the beginning of the LSO's 2014-15 season entitled Heroes and Heroines, and there could not be a more appropriate headliner. In 2011 she received the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Award. She has used her name and talent to support contemporary composers such as Henri Dutilleux, Brad Mehldau, André Previn, and Wayne Shorter. She has also become an advocate and strong ally of increasing American literacy.

Other performers participating in the LSO's Heroes and Heroines season include pianist Roman Rabinovich, The Lubbock Chorale, The Texas Tenors, cellist Maja Bogdanovic, and many others. Season tickets can be purchased by phone at 806.762.1688.

Ticket Information for Renée Fleming GALA Performance:

Tickets will be available for purchase by 2014-15 LSO subscribers on May 19 at 9 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase by the general public on June 23 at 9 a.m. Corporate and individual GALA sponsor tables are available now.

Single tickets are $250 (including gala dinner prior to the concert), $175, $100, and $50. No student tickets will be available for this event. For more information about upcoming concerts call 806.762.1688, visit us online at www.lubbocksymphony.org or visit our offices at 601 Ave. K.

RENÉE FLEMING GALA SINGLE TICKET PRICES:

ADULT TICKETS

Premier Gala $250 (with dinner)

Premier $175

Choice $100

Standard $50

GALA TABLE SPONSORSHIPS

Platinum $5,000

Gold $4,000

Silver $3,000

For more information about the LSO and the 2014-15 season, please visit http://www.lubbocksymphony.org or call 806.762.1688.

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