“Jennifer Hudson’s performance with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra this weekend for the SOLUNA Festival will be a sampling of her 15-year career,” writes Paige Skinner in Thursday’s (4/18) Dallas Observer. “She’ll sing songs from Dreamgirls, the movie she starred in and won an Oscar for.… Of course, she’ll sing her original music…. ‘One of my favorite things is performing with an orchestra, and I like audience participation as well,’ Hudson says…. ‘It’s going to be a good time. I’m excited about it.’ After Hudson performed [with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra] last year, she says she’s gone on a sort of Jennifer Hudson Orchestra Tour, performing with orchestras all over the country. This weekend she’ll be in Dallas … with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for its SOLUNA Festival, which aims for international artists to collaborate with local up-and-coming artists. ‘It is so important,’ … Hudson says. ‘And for me it hits close to home because I actually got to open as an opening act after I was on American Idol for Aretha Franklin. I was the opening act, and it meant the world to me…. It’s something that inspires the up-and-coming artists.’ ”

Posted April 19, 2019