JULY 7, 2014
For Immediate Release
HILTON HEAD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
ANNOUNCES NEW CONTRACT FOR JOHN MORRIS RUSSELL
Contact: Sarah Bergin
JOHN MORRIS RUSSELL TO CONDUCT THE HHSO
FOR FOUR MORE SEASONS
HILTON HEAD, SC. The Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce that they have engaged Music Director and Conductor John Morris Russell for four more years. Mr. Russell, who took over his position with the HHSO in 2012, will now conduct the orchestra through the 2017-18 Season.
“John’s impact on musicians and audiences has been electric” says HHSO President Mary Briggs. “The excitement of the season did more than promised. It didn’t just grow, it exploded. This has resulted in the decision to double every concert for the 2014-2015 season.”
John Morris Russell is a conductor who captivates audiences with his diverse programming and engaging stage presence. A highlight of the past season was the Lowcountry Celebration in February that featured a number of local artists and highlighted the music of the Lowcountry. This is a passion of the Maestro and is expected to be part of each season for years to come.
Russell is also the Conductor of the highly acclaimed Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and, as a sought after guest conductor across the continent, Mr. Russell returns to the Hollywood Bowl this summer to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a trio of concerts. Other recent engagements include the New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, among many other ensembles.
The HHSO 2014-2015 Season, the Music of Dreams and Drama, explores some of the most emotionally intense works created for orchestra. From Shostakovich Symphony No.5 to overtures by Bernstein and Mozart and with some of concert-goers’ favorite soloists returning, it promises to be another great season. Each concert will now be performed on Sundays at 4:00 pm and Mondays at 8:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island. The season opens October 14, 2014 and runs through May 4, 2015. Subscriptions for nine, six or three concerts are available now by calling the box office at 843-842-2055 or by going online at www.hhso.org. Single tickets will be available after September 1.