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Grammy Award-winning singer to perform at Drake

September 12, 2008
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Cheryl Studer

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu

Cheryl Studer, a Grammy Award-winning American dramatic soprano who has performed at many of the world's major opera houses, will give a recital at Drake University on Saturday, Oct. 4, as the Edwin Earle Ferguson guest artist.

Studer will be accompanied by Nicholas Roth, Drake assistant professor of piano.

The performance, which will feature works by Brahms, Rossini, Barber and R. Strauss, will start at 8 p.m. on the Jordan Stage in Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main, 2507 University Ave.

Tickets are $15 for adults or $5 for students, senior citizens and those with a Drake ID. For tickets, contact the Drake Fine Arts Box Office at 515-271-3841.

In addition to the concert, Studer will conduct a master class with Drake vocal students at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Sheslow Auditorium. The class is free and open to the public.

A singer with unusual versatility, Studer has performed more than 80 roles ranging from dramatic repertoire to roles more commonly associated with lyric sopranos and coloratura sopranos. She regularly appears as a concert soloist with the world's most famous orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, The Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Boston Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra.


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Nicholas Roth

Roth,
who joined Drake in 2003, has been a soloist with the St. Louis
Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony under Raymond Leppard, among
many others. He also has been featured in recitals and festivals
throughout the United States, Germany and Spain. He was a Beethoven
fellow of the American Pianists Association and won first prizes in the
chamber music competitions of Tortona and Pietra Ligure, Italy.

The recital is made possible by a gift from the late Edwin Earle
Ferguson, who earned his bachelor's and law degrees from Drake while
working as a pianist at Hotel Fort Des Moines, Younkers Tea Room and
WHO Radio during the Great Depression. His love for music continued
throughout his distinguished legal career, which included 17 years as
deputy general counsel of the Atomic Energy Commission. He died in 1999
at the age of 88.