Oldest singer to debut with a symphony orchestra

The oldest singer to debut with a symphony orchestra was Polly Roesch, who at the age of 97 performed a solo of "Silver Bells" with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra in Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium on Dec. 15, 2007. Roesch sang in the symphony's Holiday Pops concert in 2008 when she was 98, and again in 2010 to celebrate her 100th birthday.

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