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Distinguished alumna performs with USO

Nov. 26, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Distinguished alumna and international opera star Susan B. Anthony will return to Western Michigan University to perform with the University Symphony Orchestra in its final fall concert at 8:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Admission to the performance is free and open to the public.

Anthony will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Exsultate Jubilate" with the orchestra. Also featured in the program will be works by Felix Mendelssohn, including "Hebrides Overture" and "Symphony No. 5 in D Major," subtitled "The Reformation."

One of the world's leading sopranos, Anthony was born and educated in Kalamazoo and began singing at First Presbyterian Church when she was in elementary school. She later sang in the choir at Loy Norrix High School. Anthony earned her undergraduate degree from WMU, where she sang in the University Chorale and performed in several opera productions. She earned her master's degree from the University of Michigan and attended the International Opera School in Zurich, Switzerland.

Anthony has established a presence as one of the most significant voices on the contemporary opera scene, becoming a favorite of principal theatres in Paris, Tokyo, Madrid, Dresden and Vienna. She performs regularly throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America. She was awarded a WMU Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from WMU in 2003.

During her stay in Kalamazoo, Tuesday through Friday, Nov. 27-30, Anthony will work with students in the WMU School of Music as an artist in residence.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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