Douglas Droste, Artistic Director & Conductor
Premiere of Jennie DeVoe new orchestra holiday show!
Tickets: adults $18-35, BSU students FREE advance/ $10 at door, Youth k-12 $5. Charge by phone Emens box office 765-285-1539 or buy online at Ticketmaster.com
Contact info: 765-285-5531 or [email protected]
Event Summary: Kick off your holiday season with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, featuring popular local artist, Jennie DeVoe, with her brand new holiday orchestra show! Embrace popular holiday melodies as well as new original songs from Jennie.
Instrument zoo, free Family Holiday Photos, courtesy of Murray’s Jewelers and roasted chestnuts and hot cider, compliments of the MSO board members and MARSH prior to the concert.
Christmas tree and wreath silent auction in the lobby by the Muncie Symphony League before the concert and during intermission.
Meet the Artist! Jennie DeVoe says her brand of music crosses the genres of folk, pop and blues – but all of her songs have soul. Press has said that Jennie DeVoe is an “endearing soul-blues singer who radiates the vibe of a 21st century flower child. Her potent gospel voice tames any crowd she encounters.”
Since forming her own record label, Rubin the Cat Music, in 1998, DeVoe has released four studio albums, two live CDs a limited studio cd called Blue Sky Radio Hour and one DVD entitled Fifth & Mainthat was video-taped at the Muncie Civic Theater in 7.1 surround sound. As one would hope, each release has garnered DeVoe more national acclaim and continues to secure her standing as one of the Mid-West’s most highly regarded singer songwriters. The fiercely independent singer/songwriter has long resisted overtures from big-name record labels and continues to make her music on her own terms.
But with 2009’s critically-acclaimed, Strange Sunshine, Sony RED came knocking, and DeVoe signed a distribution deal that would take her music to new ears all over the country. To record the album, DeVoe and her band traveled all the way to Bath, England in order to work with renowned producer John Parish, best known for his work with Tracey Chapman, PJ Harvey and The Eels. This was their second record together, following 2004’s Fireworks & Karate Supplies, and the two are an awesome fit, delivering a work of art that’s fresh, edgy and a raw throwback to the soul records that Otis & Aretha used to make- yet definitively and uniquely conjuring her own style and sound.
Attracting fans of all ages, the Indianapolis-based DeVoe is at her best in front of a listening audience, never failing to mesmerize and captivate with her talent, humor and personality. Her live shows are, to quote Ann Arbor, MI deejay, John Bommarito simply “Magic.” No matter the venue, DeVoe makes you feel like you’re in your living room with old friends – until she knocks you flat with her amazing voice, and you forget where you are entirely. Jennie DeVoe is the kind of singer who makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand at attention. To watch her work is to fall in love with someone who is in love with what they do. Says Klipsch Audio, “Jennie DeVoe never fails to deliver intense, deeply personal songs that draw you into her impassioned world. One part power with two parts raw emotion. Jennie is the perfect blend of spirit, style and originality.”
Some quotes from Jennie about the upcoming performance:
“Muncie is my hometown. Performing at home brings its own cozy warmth as well as some great butterflies in my stomach to want to really bring a great show to everyone.”
“I love the MSO, people I get to work with. Playing with an orchestra is still new and exciting for me. I am thrilled to be surrounded by such amazing musicians to sing my own songs as well as some covers and favorite Christmas tunes. I can’t wait for the show and know it will be a blast!”
Concert support: George & Frances Ball Foundation, Westminster Village Foundation, Murray’s Jewelers, Ball State University, Indiana Arts Commission, Indiana Public Radio, WIPB, MARSH, MSO board, MSL board.