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Suzanne Nance to perform at UMPI

An accomplished opera singer will pay a visit to the University of Maine at Presque Isle when she offers a matinee vocal performance on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 2 p.m. in the Campus Center.

Suzanne Nance, well-known throughout the State of Maine as music director and host of MPBN’s Morning Classical Music program, is also an experienced vocal performer who has appeared on stages in Prague, London, the Czech Republic, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston and New York, and has appeared in operas such as Cosi fan tutte, Madama Butterfly and Little Women.

Accompanied by pianist Patricia Stowell, her recital will include Spanish Rhapsody by Franz Liszt, as well as Spanish and Gypsy songs by Rossini, de Falla, Bizet and Dvorak.

Ms. Nance studied music and communications at Syracuse University and received a Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from DePaul University in Chicago. She served as Professor of Voice on the faculty of the Cappelli Institute of Music in Chicago and regularly conducted master classes and seminars for young performers.

Honored as a finalist in the 2005 West Palm Beach National Vocal Competition, Ms. Nance has enjoyed performances on PBS and NPR as well as a guest appearance on Good Morning America. In recognition of her commitment to the arts and classical music, she was awarded 2006 and 2007 CAAP (Community Arts Assistance Program) Grants from the City of Chicago and is a past recipient of the David Leibig Memorial Grant.

Prior to her work at MPBN, Ms. Nance served as host and producer for Aspen Public Radio in Colorado, where she provided special coverage of the Aspen Music Festival and School during the 2007 season.

Tickets are available at the door, $10 for adults and $5 for students; UMPI, NMCC, and SAGE students with ID are admitted free. For more information about this event, contact Carol Ayoob, UMPI Director of Cultural Affairs, at 768-9462.