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Sarah Brightman To Release First Ever Christmas CD, 'A Winter Symphony,' Nov. 4

October 18th, 2008 10:00am EDT favorite Add to My News
Sarah BrightmanIt continues to be a stellar year for soprano Sarah Brightman, who recently captivated the world with her stunning performance at the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 World Olympics. Brightman was chosen as the sole international performer to perform at the Olympic opening ceremony and was given the honor of singing the Olympic theme song, "You and Me," with Chinese star Liu Huan. The song was a highlight of the spectacular opening ceremony, which was broadcast to over five billion viewers. In only 26 hours after the ceremony, "You and Me" was downloaded a staggering 5.7 million times. Brightman was also featured on The Today Show, live from Beijing.

Following her Olympic success, Sarah will embark on a world tour – her first since 2004. Brightman will be performing 18 concerts in the US, 10 concerts in Canada and 4 concerts in Mexico. She kicks off the tour in Monterrey, Mexico on November 4th, 2008. Continuing her tradition of breathtaking stage productions, this tour will feature new and groundbreaking technology, with virtual and holographic stage sets that have never been seen before in any touring concert production. This innovative stage technology is highly sophisticated and dramatic, creating an otherworldly, ethereal experience: enormous realiztic ballrooms will meld into fairytale gardens and then morph into giant fish tanks, right before the audience's very eyes, creating a perfect backdrop for Sarah's glorious voice.

After the successful release of her highest chart debuting album, Symphony, Sarah will release her first-ever Christmas album for the holiday season on Manhattan/EMI Records on November 4th. A Winter Symphony brings her virtuosity and originality to many of the season's classics. Her angelic voice glides through an array of season favorites, including "Silent Night" and "In the Bleak Midwinter." Her resplendent duet, "Ave Maria," is sung with Fernando Lima, and Mario Frangoulis lends his talent on the new classical piece "Carpe Diem." Also featured are timeless pop tracks, including Abba's famous instrumental song "Arrival," adapted for first time into a vocal piece, and a gorgeous rendition of Neil Diamond's classic, "I've Been this Way Before." Sarah also brings her own elegance to the holiday pop hits, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Christmas (War is Over)," "I Believe in Father Christmas" and "I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday." A Winter Symphony was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Symphonic Orchestra, and a 46-piece choir.

This fall, Sarah will also star in the upcoming rock opera film: Repo! The Genetic Opera, featuring Anthony Head, Paul Sorvino and Paris Hilton. The film is set for release through Lionsgate on November 7th, 2008.

During her career, Sarah has sold more than twenty-six million albums and over two million DVDs worldwide, and she continues to defy genres and create groundbreaking music for audiences around the world.


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2008 Tour dates:
Tuesday, November 4th Arena Monterrey Monterrey, Mexico
Thursday, November 6th Auditorio Telmex Guadalajara, Mexico
Saturday, November 8th Auditorio Nacional Mexico City, Mexico
Sunday, November 9th Auditorio Nacional Mexico City, Mexico
Wednesday, November 12th American Airlines Center Dallas, TX
Friday, November 14th UCF Convocation Center Orlando, FL
Saturday, November 15th BankAtlantic Center Sunrise, FL
Sunday, November 16th St. Pete Times Forum Tampa, FL
Tuesday, November 18th Gwinnett Center Atlanta, GA
Wednesday, November 19th Verizon Center Washington, D.C.
Saturday, November 22nd MGM Grand at Foxwoods Mashantucket, CT
Sunday, November 23rd Madison Square Garden New York, NY
Monday, November 24th TD Banknorth Garden Boston, MA
Wednesday, November 26th center Bell Montreal QC, Canada
Friday, November 28th Scotiabank Place Ottawa, ON, Canada
Saturday, November 29th Copps Coliseum Hamilton, ON, Canada
Sunday, November 30th Air Canada center Toronto, ON, Canada
Tuesday, December 2nd Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, OH
Wednesday, December 3rd Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, MI
Thursday, December 4th Allstate Arena Chicago, IL
Saturday, December 6th MTS center Winnipeg, MB
Sunday, December 7th Brandt center Regina, SK
Monday, December 8th Saddledome Calgary, AB, Canada
Wednesday, December 10th Rexall Place Edmonton, AB, Canada
Friday, December 12th GM Place Vancouver, BC, Canada
Saturday, December 13th Save on Foods center Victoria, BC, Canada
Sunday, December 14th Comcast Arena Everett, WA
Tuesday, December 16th ARCO Arena Sacramento, CA
Wednesday, December 17th HP Pavilion San Jose, CA
Friday, December 19th Honda Center Anaheim, CA
Saturday, December 20th Los Angeles Forum Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, December 21st Jobing.com Arena Glendale, AZ


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