ABOUT THE ARTIST
Acclaimed by the New York Times for her “shimmering soprano voice,” Kisma Jordan is an opera singer and songwriter with a passion for reinventing classical music conventions The Baltimore Sun praised excitedly, “Kisma Jordan steals the show, vocally…with her truly lovely soprano. She sounds wonderful in the house, the tone ripe and well-supported, the phrasing lively, the diction superb. I can’t prove any great powers of prognostication, but I sure do feel there’s a good chance we could all be hearing more from this singer in time.” A native of Detroit, Michigan, Kisma began singing at age four, and by at fourteen began formal vocal studies. She holds degrees in vocal performance from Bowling Green State University (OH), Kentucky State University, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and appeared as a resident artist at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. Kisma has since enjoyed appearances with New Jersey Opera in performances of Pamina in Die Zauberflote, Lyric Opera of Baltimore in performances of Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, and Nedda in performances of Pagliacci. Sought after on the concert stage as well, she has also appeared as a soprano soloist for works including Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 with Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with Lima Symphony Orchestra, and Strauss’ Vier Letze Lieder. Kisma has collaborated and written on non-classical works, and she is currently creating works that fuse classical music with alternative, soul, and inspirational genres.
Kisma describes her passion for music as divine: “For me, music is a calling; something that I have to do. I trust in the healing power of singing. I believe that in revealing our stories, we discover ourselves genuine, and this is how we leave our mark on the world.”
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BEYOND CLASSICAL: CLASSICAL CROSSOVER
Anchored by a chamber orchestra, Beyond Classical: Classical Crossover describes the genre of music that includes interpretations of pop music by classically trained artists. The project pushes the limits of classical music traditions, by integrating elements of classical music with mainstream music, allowing for greater accessibility by modern audiences.
Chad “Sir Wick” Hughes, composer, is the founder of Sir Wick Entertainment, Inc., a record label and publishing company devoted to online promotion for 20th century composers, arrangers, and performing artists. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sir Wick graduated from Cass Technical High School and earned degrees in composition from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Kansas State University. He has studied with Pulitzer-Prize winning composer William Bolcom, and as a trombonist and percussionist he has collaborated with Kid Rock, The Temptations, Martha Reeves, Dwele, Aretha Franklin, and Marc’s Project. Currently a Ph.D. student at Louisiana State University where he studies with Dinos Constantinides, Sir Wick is the Interim Director of Bands at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA.