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									                        Stephen Osmond, Music Director
News Release                                                   215 W. Michigan Ave.         Jackson, MI 49201

8 PM MARCH 20, 2010

For further information, contact:
Joan Cummings
517-782-3268 (Fax)


JSO to perform Verdi’s powerful Requiem
The Jackson Symphony Orchestra’s fourth concert of the 2009-2010 season will feature one of the
most inspirational works of all time — Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem. Written to honor the great Italian
writer Alessandro Manzoni, it was first performed in 1874 on the first anniversary of his death. When
the great German composer Johannes Brahms heard it, he said “only a genius could have written such
a work.”

The JSO’s performance of Requiem will begin at 8 p.m. March 20 at Jackson Community College’s
Potter Center. The 90-minute spiritual masterpiece calls for four vocalists, chorus and orchestra.
Joining the JSO will be the Jackson Chorale and Hillsdale College Choir as well as vocalists Lori
Hicks (soprano), Molly Fillmore (mezzo-soprano), Richard Fracker (tenor) and Adrian Rosas (bass-
baritone). All have considerable vocal credentials. (Please see below.)

“The music Verdi wrote is intense and powerful, so much so that many criticized it for being too
theatrical and melodramatic,” said JSO composer-in residence Bruce Brown. “Verdi certainly uses his
dramatic skill and vivid imagination to great effect. The Dies irae (Day of Wrath) section is divided
into ten segments, each of which is like a complete operatic scene. A choir of trumpets around the
stage provides electrifying energy to the Tuba mirum. The vocal solos in the requiem come at perfect
moments for maximum expressive impact.”

The JSO last performed Requiem in April 1981.

This concert’s sponsor is Marcoux, Allen, Schomer, Bower, Nichols & Kendall, P.C.

All ticketholders are invited to attend Brown’s free lecture, held an hour before every concert in the
Potter Center’s Federer Rooms.

Tickets are $18, $27, $32 and can be purchased online,; by phone, 517-
782-3221; or in person at the JSO Box Office, 215 W. Michigan Ave., downtown Jackson.
Featured singers
Lori Hicks, Soprano
Debuting as Opera Theater of Pittsburgh’s “magnetic” Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in
February, soprano Lori Celeste Hicks has only begun to leave her mark on the world of classical
music. The 2008-2009 season brought many engagements, such as the Verdi Requiem with the
Holland Symphony Orchestra, Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the Arbor Opera
Theater, A Tribute to Black Pioneers in Music Gala Concert in Denver, where she sang alongside
tenor George Shirley in Act IV of Otello, plus a Holiday Concert at the Lincoln Center Library.
Internationally, Ms. Hicks was featured in concerts and recitals throughout Italy and France, starring
as Alice Ford in Verdi’s Falstaff. Hicks holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of
Michigan, an MA of Music from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and a BA of Music
Education from Kentucky State University. She serves on the voice faculty of the University of
Dayton and Central State University in Ohio.

Hicks has appeared two other times with the JSO, first with Paul Adkins in the 2006 Ebony and Ivory
concert and in 2007 in Messiah.
Molly Fillmore, Mezzo-Soprano
Fillmore has been Assistant Professor of Voice at the Michigan State University College of Music
since 2004. She graduated magna cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C.,
received her MA from the University of Maryland at College Park and attended the Franz-Schubert-
Institute in Baden-bei-Wien, Austria.
Following an international career as a mezzo-soprano, Fillmore recently moved into the dramatic
soprano repertoire and joined the roster of New York’s Metropolitan Opera for the past three seasons.
She has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Opera, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony,
Cologne Opera, Washington National Opera, Spoleto Festival, Chattanooga Opera and Utah
Symphony and others. She sang Marguerite in La damnation de Faust with Utah Symphony and
made Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall debuts in performances of Mozart’s Requiem. She also
appeared as a soloist at Avery Fisher Hall in a gala celebrating the music of George Gershwin.
Fillmore has sung Verdi’s Requiem with half a dozen other symphony orchestras.
Richard Fracker, Tenor
Richard Fracker is Associate Professor of Voice and Area Chair of Vocal Arts at the Michigan State
University College of Music. He received both a BA and a BM with high distinction from the
University of Michigan. He also earned his MA of Social Work, Academy of Certified Social
Workers, from U.M.
Before joining the MSU faculty in 2003, Fracker performed regularly in opera houses and concert
halls throughout the world, including ten seasons at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Known for his
versatility both vocally and dramatically, he enthusiastically explores both traditional and
contemporary repertoires ranging from Britten and Beethoven, to Verdi and Philip Glass. Some of
Fracker's MET performances include appearances in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, The Gambler,
Turandot, Moses und Aron and Die Frau ohne Schatten. He also performed the leading tenor role in
Philip Glass' The Voyage. He has appeared several times in Texaco’s Live from the MET national
radio broadcasts. Recent international credits include performing with three other Metropolitan Opera
singers in gala performances of arias, duets and quartets in Guangzhou, China, and performing in four
gala concerts in Norway.
Adrian Rosas, Bass-Baritone
Rosas earned his BA in Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University and is now is a
graduate student in the vocal performance program at the prestigious Juilliard School in New
York. Rosas has performed the roles of Figaro in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Pistol in Verdi's
Falstaff, Sarastro and Armored Guard in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Il Notaio in Puccini's Gianni
Schicchi, Bob in Menotti's Old Maid and the Thief and the role of the King of Scotland in Handel's
Ariodante. Rosas has studied at the AIMS Institute in Graz, Austria, has participated in the Aspen
Music Festival, won first place awards in both the regional and state divisions of the National
Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition in Michigan and is a recipient of the Jerome

L. Greene Fellowship from The Juilliard School. Rosas has appeared twice with the JSO as soloist in
Messiah and Le Nozze di Tutti.

NOTE ABOUT THE JSO: The Jackson Symphony Orchestra is a community resource
providing performances of the classics and popular music, a community music school with
private and group instruction and numerous educational programs for students of all ages.
The organization owns a 30,000-square-foot facility in the heart of downtown Jackson which
not only serves as an administrative, rehearsal, and recital performance space for the
orchestra but also is home to the Jackson Youth Symphony, the Jackson Chorale and
Children's Choir, the Michigan Shakespeare Festival and JSO Community String Ensemble.
The orchestra primarily performs at the world-class Music Hall of the Jackson Community
College Potter Center and other venues in town including several churches, the County
Fairgrounds and Michigan Theatre.


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