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Fowler Center Series presents opera
singer/recitalist Sylvia McNair Nov. 1
Oct. 21, 2008 --
The Fowler Center Series presents American opera
singer and classic recitalist Sylvia McNair in performance Saturday,
Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in
Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. In her
"Subject to Change," McNair presents a
cabaret-style evening of songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Richard
Rodgers, and many others.
McNair’s 25-year career as one of the world's leading singers has
brought her two Grammy Awards, more than 70 recordings and worldwide
accolades. She has performed with nearly all the world's leading opera
companies and orchestras and has sung for Pope John Paul II, Hillary
Rodham Clinton, and the U.S. Supreme Court (by invitation of Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor.)
McNair, a soprano, debuted with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in
1980. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College and a
Master of Music (with distinction) from Indiana University. Her operatic
debut followed in 1982, when she sang at the Mostly Mozart Festival. She
has appeared at the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the
Ravinia Festival, the San Francisco Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, the Royal
Opera House at Covent Garden, and the Metropolitan Opera. McNair has two
honorary doctorates in music from Westminster College and Indiana
University, as well.
Sylvia McNair’s cabaret performances have included such venues as the
Carlyle Hotel, the Rainbow Room, the Algonquin Hotel’s Oak Room, and the
Although she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, McNair continues
to tour. Instead of singing "V'adoro, pupille" as Cleopatra to Julius
Caesar on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, she will be soon be
singing "Embraceable You" in Riceland Hall.
Tickets for all
Fowler Center Series events may be purchased by calling 870-972-2781 or
1-888-278-3267, or online at
http://tickets.astate.edu. On performance evenings, the box office
in Fowler Center opens one hour prior to the event.
Ticket prices are $30 and $20 for adults; $24 and $16 for ASU
faculty and staff; $23 and $15 for senior adults and K-12 students; and
$10 and $6 for ASU students.
www.fowlercenter.astate.edu/TicketInfo.html for season ticket
information, including prices, or call the Fowler Center at (870)
972-3471 for more information.
This presentation is supported by Mid-America Arts Alliance with
generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, Arkansas
Arts Council, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout
Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.