Release Date: February 20, 2009
Opera star Jennifer Larmore marks fourth performance at Kennesaw State
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KENNESAW, Ga.—Kennesaw State University’s Premiere Series presents international opera star and Marietta native, Jennifer Larmore, in recital at 3 p.m. March 1 at the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. Larmore’s performance will mark her fourth appearance at Kennesaw State and the conclusion of Larmore’s weeklong, artist-in-residence position at the KSU School of Music. Known for her operatic range, insightful interpretations and theatrical charm, this world-celebrated performer will be accompanied by pianist Antoine Palloc.
Larmore commands the concert stage with her wide-ranging repertory, extending from the operas of Rossini, Bellini, Mozart, and Vivaldi to Handel. Larmore’s prodigious discography now extends to more than six dozen recordings, and she has five Grammy nominations to her credit, with a 2007 Best Opera Recording Grammy win for her performance of Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Hansel und Gretel” with the Philharmonia.
Larmore made her 1986 operatic debut as Sesto in Mozart’s “La clemenza di Tito” in France. In 2008, she debuted with her hometown opera company, the Atlanta Opera, in the principal role of Cinderella in Gioacchino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola.” Larmore has performed in several opera houses, including the Metropolitan, Chicago Lyric Opera, and La Scala, under the direction of the world’s most acclaimed conductors, and in music festivals in Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Brussels, Geneva and Milan. Larmore’s 2008-2009 schedule has her appearing in concerts and stages across the world, including upcoming performances in Moscow, Paris, London and Madrid. In 2007-2008, Larmore performed with the Ensemble Matheus, Apollo’s Fire, the Opera Orchestra of New York, and the National Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and in the Library of Congress and The John F. Kennedy Center.
Larmore’s KSU recital is the third in this season’s Premiere Series, the flagship concert series of the KSU College of the Arts. Now entering its 15th season, the Premiere Series showcases the most celebrated performers of our time, with the 2008-09 season featuring three Grammy award-winning artists. All performances take place in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, an acoustically superb concert hall that opened on the KSU campus in 2007.
Tickets are $40. For ticketing information and directions, contact the KSU box office at 770-423-6650 or online at www.kennesaw.edu/arts.
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A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21,000 from 142 countries. The third-largest university in Georgia, Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including new doctorates in education and business.
The KSU College of the Arts is one of only four Georgia institutions to have achieved full national accreditation for all of its arts programs.