Rowan University

02/15/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/15/2023 11:57

Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves to present concert at Rowan

Opera star Denyce Graves, an Emmy- and Grammy-winning American mezzo-soprano, will present a concert on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. at Rowan University's Pfleeger Concert Hall, North Campus Drive, Glassboro.

Proceeds from the event will benefit scholarships for performing arts students at the University. Tickets for the concert are $60. A dinner on Rowan's campus after the performance is an additional $25. Tickets can be reserved online.

In a career spanning three decades, Graves has performed in major opera houses and concert halls across four continents. She has been a featured artist on National Public Television in everything from "Great Performances" to "Sesame Street."

A champion of new works, Graves has premiered operas and song cycle and won competitions and countless awards. Her signature opera roles include the title roles in "Carmen" and "Samson et Dalila."

A sought-after teacher at The Julliard School, Peabody Conservatory and the University of Chicago, Graves made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1995. She sang the patriotic song "American Anthem" on inauguration day for the second term of President George W. Bush and at the memorial service of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the U.S. Capitol.

A graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Graves studied voice at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory. She worked at the Wolf Trap Opera Company, providing further training and experience for young singers between their academic and full-time professional careers.

Additionally, Graves has made many appearance on the children's television series "Between the Lions," where she used her talents to teach children the sounds of words.

In 2021, Graves formed The Denyce Graves Foundation to elevate the lives and work of singers at all stages of their careers while also honoring the history and contributions of those who have gone before. The foundation cultivates unique programs aimed at encouraging exceptionally talented vocal artists of all background to fulfill their potential. The foundation's philanthropic arm recently raised awareness and funds to save the National Opera House in Pittsburgh, an important but long-neglected piece of American history.

The concert at Rowan is sponsored by the New Jersey Garden City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in collaboration with the University's Department of Africana Studies.

For additional information, call 856-562-2964.