The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. April 5 and will feature Maestro Philip Mann and the Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra.
The J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts (TCVPA) at Texas Tech University will present one of its most distinguished alumna in a concert, "An Evening with Susan Graham," at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Graham will be accompanied by Maestro Philip Mann and the Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra in a selection of the mezzo-soprano's favorites, from Berlioz to Gershwin.
The concert is a benefit for the college's School of Music Building Fund. It is also Graham's tribute to the training she received at Texas Tech.
"I am looking forward to performing with Maestro Philip Mann and the entire University Symphony Orchestra of Texas Tech," Graham said. "It really is a homecoming for me."
Raised in Midland, Graham studied at Texas Tech, graduating with a bachelor of fine arts in music performance before moving to New York City. She joined the Company of the Metropolitan Opera, debuting in 1991. Gramophone magazine called her "America's favorite mezzo-soprano."
"Susan Graham has always been very generous, providing her time and her talent to support Texas Tech," said TCVPA Dean Noel Zahler. "We are so proud of all she has accomplished in her career."
The School of Music Building Fund will allow the college to move forward with a new facility.
"The students need new, larger, state-of-the-art facilities to study, rehearse and perform in; they need a school of the future," said Zahler. "We will reveal plans for the new School of Music building at a later date."