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Opera star Susan B. Anthony performs benefit show

July 12, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University alumna and international opera star Susan B. Anthony will return to her hometown of Kalamazoo to take over the stage--and the kitchen--at "Cuisine: Unplugged," a benefit dinner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Cityscape Event Center, 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall.

The highlight of the evening will be a five-course meal created by the world-renowned opera singer with help from Kalamazoo's Millennium Restaurant Group. Music and entertainment will also be provided, featuring Anthony and other well-known acts with local roots.

Tickets are required for "Cuisine: Unplugged" and may be purchased through Thursday, July 26, by contacting Gail MacNellis at gail.macnellis@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5811. The price of $125 per person includes a $100 tax-deductible contribution to the WMU College of Fine Arts.

One of the world's leading sopranos, Anthony received an undergraduate degree from WMU and a master's degree in vocal performance from the University of Michigan before crossing oceans to begin what has become a highly successful career in opera. She performs regularly in the major opera houses of Europe as well as in the United States and across Asia and South America. She has sung under the baton of such notable directors as Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Ricardo Muti, Guiseppi Sinoppoli, Sir Colin Davis and James Conlon.

Anthony conducts master classes at WMU, where she was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 2003.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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