Concordia University to simulcast the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala from New York's Lincoln Center



    Concordia only Canadian University to present live telecast of
    prestigious gala

    MONTREAL, Oct. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Concordia University is proud to be the
only Canadian university to present a live telecast of the <a href="http://alumni.concordia.ca/calendar/2007/11/04/011793.shtml">Richard Tucker
Music Foundation Gala</a> from New York's Lincoln Center on Sunday, November 4, at
6 p.m.
    For the first time this year, the Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala, a
highlight of the New York performing arts season for more than 30 years, will
be simulcast to Concordia's Oscar Peterson Concert Hall and five American
university campuses from the Avery Fisher Hall stage.
    This year's gala will present opera stars in a concert of arias and
scenes from some of the most popular works, such as Carmen, Aida, Tosca and
Pagliacci.
    Stars include sopranos Renée Fleming, Maria Guleghina and Diana Damrau,
mezzo-sopranos Susan Graham and Dolora Zajick, tenors Eric Cutler and Matthew
Polenzani, baritone Simon Keenlyside and bass-baritone, Bryn Terfel. The
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York Choral Society, conducted by Maestro
Asher Fisch, will accompany them for this two-hour concert.
    The Gala will also highlight several, rising young American singers who
have won awards from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation, including the 2007
winner, tenor Brandon Jovanovich.
    The telecast will be presented on a large screen at the Oscar Peterson
Concert Hall at Concordia's Loyola Campus, 7141 Sherbrooke St. West. The
570-seat Concert Hall, built in 1990, has hosted many internationally renowned
artists and musicians. In 1999, the venue was named in honour of the
acclaimed, Montreal-born pianist Oscar Peterson.
    The Richard Tucker Music Foundation maintains the artistic legacy of
Richard Tucker, the Brooklyn-born tenor who became one of the Metropolitan
Opera's greatest, beginning with his debut in 1945 and continuing until his
untimely death in 1975 at age 61.

    The Concordia simulcast is open to all. Seating is limited so first come
first served.




For further information:

For further information: Howard Bokser, Advancement and Alumni
Relations, Concordia University, (514) 848-2424, ext. 3826,
Howard.Bokser@concordia.ca

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