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Home for the Holidays

Friday, December 15—Sunday, December 17, 2023

Friday, December 15—Sunday, December 17, 2023
Orchestra Hall
2 hours
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It’s one of the most wonderful times of the year! Gather friends and family, one and all, for a celebration of the season featuring your DSO, holiday favorites, and quite possibly, an appearance by Santa Claus.

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Home for the Holidays

Artists

Jason Seber

conductor

Jason Seber recently completed his six-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony. He led the Symphony in over 300 concerts on the Classics Uncorked, Pops, Family, Film + Live Orchestra, Young People’s Concerts, KinderKonzerts, and Link Up series, as well as Christmas Festival, Symphony in the Flint Hills, and many other programs. In October 2019, he made his debut on the Classical Series and recently led another Classical Series program in the spring of 2021. He also served as a co-host for the Symphony’s podcast, "Beethoven Walks into a Bar."

Prior to his appointment with the Kansas City Symphony, Seber served as Education and Outreach Conductor of the Louisville Orchestra from 2013 to 2016 and Music Director of the Louisville Youth Orchestra from 2005 to 2016. Seber has guest conducted many leading North American orchestras, including the Charleston Symphony, Cleveland Pops, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Nashville Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and the Windsor Symphony. This summer includes return engagements with the Louisville Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, Colorado Symphony and Houston Symphony, and a debut with the San Diego Symphony.

A passionate advocate of music education, Seber recently has led the Honors Performance Series Orchestra in performances at Carnegie Hall (2018 and 2022), Royal Festival Hall in London (2019), and the Sydney Opera House (2017). In November 2019 he led the APAC Honors Festival Orchestra in Seoul, Korea. He has served as the All-State Orchestra conductor for Georgia, Missouri and Pennsylvania, and will be the conductor for the Kansas All-State Orchestra in 2024.

Seber has performed with classical artists Jinjoo Cho, Paul Jacobs, Conrad Tao, and Joyce Yang, and a diverse range of pops artists including Patti Austin, Andrew Bird, Boyz II Men, Ashley Brown, Melissa Etheridge, Ben Folds, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Lyle Lovett, Brian Stokes Mitchell, My Morning Jacket, Leslie Odom, Jr., Aoife O’Donovan, Pink Martini, Doc Severinsen, Bobby Watson, and Wynonna. He earned his master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his bachelor’s degrees in violin performance and music education from Baldwin Wallace University.

Siri Howard

vocals

Siri Howard (soprano) is a soloist, recording artist, and Broadway actress who began her professional career at age 10 and continues to perform in some of the world’s most prestigious venues. She is thrilled to join the Detroit Symphony for the holidays! Additional solo performance collaborations include the Nashville Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, New Jersey Festival Orchestra, Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Pops of Long Island, and The Florida Orchestra. Ms. Howard performed with the New York Philharmonic in Sweeney Todd: Live from Lincoln Center starring Emma Thompson (PBS broadcast), and with the Philadelphia Orchestra in A Little Night Music 25th Anniversary Concert.

On Broadway, Ms. Howard has been in Les Misérables and The Sound of Music (Broadway Revival cast recording). She has been in the National Tours of The Phantom of the Opera, Parade, Les Misérables, and The Sound of Music, starring Richard Chamberlain, and has extensive experience playing major roles in significant regional musical theatre venues throughout the US. On the operatic stage, Ms. Howard’s performances include Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Orpheus Descending (Carol Cutrere), Dido and Aeneas (Dido), Cendrillon (Cendrillon), and La Bohéme (Musetta). Other notable credits include performing with the USO for veterans and active duty military as well as the 2016 Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Maryland College Park, and a Master of Arts in vocal performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Ms. Howard has enjoyed residencies at numerous music institutes, colleges, high schools, and training programs, giving recitals, masterclasses, and lectures. She resides in Greenville, SC, with her husband and children.

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