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Metropolitan and New York City Opera star to perform at APSU

November 5, 2002

Nicole Heaston, soprano and winner of the renowned Aria Award, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, in the concert theatre of the music/mass communication building. The concert will include works by Lizst, Wolf, Gershwin and Rossini, among others.

Heaston is equally at home in opera, concert and recital and has quickly come to the attention of American and European opera companies and orchestras for her outstanding vocal talent.

Heaston debuts this season with the Metropolitan Opera. She debuted with the New York City Opera as Musetta in the nationally broadcast production of “La Boheme” and starred as Gilda in the Nashville Opera Association's 2002 production of “Rigoletto.”

She has performed with the Baltimore, Detroit and Indianapolis symphonies and with numerous opera companies, including the Houston Grand Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Dallas Opera, Washington Opera and Glimmerglass Opera.

Her recording of Bach's “B Minor Mass” with the Boston Baroque was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Choral Recording in 2000.

Heaston's appearance is made possible by a newly formed partnership between the Concert Artist Series and the Marilyn Horne Foundation (MHF). A grant from the foundation will assist in funding Heaston's visit as well as her performances in four local high schools.
Heaston is one of the few young artists chosen by famous soprano Marilyn Horne for assistance in her career.

The Marilyn Horne Foundation was founded in 1993 by world-renowned concert and opera singer Marilyn Horne. Its mission is to support, encourage and preserve the art of the vocal recital through the presentation of vocal recitals and related educational activities across the United States. It is the only national non-profit organization devoted exclusively to the vocal recital and classical song.

The Music Ticket Office will be open for ticket purchases from 3-6 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 20-21, and one hour before the concert. The concert is open to season subscribers, students and the general public. Full-time APSU students will be admitted free of charge with presentation of a current APSU student ID. Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $12 for students and children.

For further information, telephone the APSU Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at 7818.