JUNETEENTH WorldWide Concert Featuring Mezzo-Soprano Denyce Graves June 19th

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Denyce Graves has thrilled audiences world-wide with the wonder and beauty of her mezzo-soprano voice and stunning stage presence. She will perform in recital for the JUNETEETH WorldWide Concert on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at the Long Beach Terrace Theater. Presented by MusicUNTOLD, JUNETEETH WorldWide Concert will also include tributes to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and to fathers worldwide. Leo Stallworth, KABC7 News Reporter, will emcee the opening ceremony.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the State of Texas in 1865, two years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. It is the oldest celebration in the nation commemorating the ending of slavery and is an official state holiday in 37 U.S. States.

The JUNETEENTH WorldWide Concert is Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at the Long Beach Terrace Theater, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90802.

Tickets are $75, $65, $50, $45, and $30, and are available at the Terrace Theater box office. Student rush tickets will be offered at a 50 percent discount to students, seniors and fathers beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, or call  1-800-745-3000. Group discount tickets are available at 1-800-398-7021 or 1-714-773-9800.

Audience acclaim has led Ms. Graves to performances with leading conductors and symphony orchestras on four continents. USA Today identifies her as “an operatic superstar of the 21st Century,” and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution exclaims, “if the human voice has the power to move you, you will be touched by Denyce Graves.”

Ms.Graves recently paid tribute to the legendary Grace Bumbry in a recital at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, as part of the Fortas Chamber Music Concert Series. Ms. Graves has been featured in numerous interviews, and was the subject of an Emmy-award winning profile on CBS’s 60 Minutes in 1996. Videos and audio may be found in the media section on www.denycegraves.com.

About Denyce Graves:
Raised with two siblings by a single mother in Southwest Washington, D.C., Ms. Graves attended the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and went on to vocal studies at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio and the New England Conservatory in Boston. Further study at the Wolf Trap Opera Company in Washington prepared her for her professional career.

Ms. Graves made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 1995 in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen and two years later opened the Met season invthe same role, opposite Placido Domingo. She subsequently starred with Mr.Domingo in the Los Angeles Opera production of St.-Saens Samson and Delilah.

She has performed with maestros Zubin Mehta, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Riccardo Chailly, Myung-Whun Chung. and with the San Francisco Opera, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Opéra National de Paris, Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Washington Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Arena di Verona, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zürich, Teatro Real in Madrid, HoustonGrand Opera, Dallas Opera, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and the Festival Maggio Musicale in Florence.

Ms. Graves was chosen to sing “America the Beautiful” and “The Lord’s Prayer” at the Washington National Cathedral during a memorial service honoring the victims of 9/11 on September 14, 2001, attended by President George W. Bush, members of Congress, other politicians and representatives of foreign governments. In January 2007 she performed “The Lord’s Prayer” at the state funeral for Gerald Ford at the Washington National Cathedral.

In 2008 Ms. Graves was invited to sing in celebration of Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to the United States at an open-air Mass in Washington, D.C. and on April 12, 2009, she performed a tribute concert in honor of African-American contralto Marian Anderson’s 1939 concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

She has appeared in Verdi’s Requiem with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and in Rostropovich’s farewell performances with the National Symphony. She performed Mahler’s “Kindertotenlieder” with Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Spain, and repeated that work in in Genoa and with the Kansas City Symphony.

To learn more about Denyce Grave, visit her official website.

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