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Russian Baritone Opens Music Department Season

KEENE, N.H. 9/2/03 - The Keene State College Department of Music will open its season with a special guest artist recital by Russian-born American baritone Anton Belov on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth age 17 or younger. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

Belov, a former Keene State student who studied voice with Professor Carroll Lehman, will give a lecture on Russian songs before the concert at 3 p.m. in the Arts Center room 123. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Belov, who is currently a candidate for an Artist Diploma at the Juilliard Opera Center, will sing a program that showcases Russian composers including three pieces from Songs and Dances of Death by Modest Mussorgsky. Belov won critical praise for his recent performance of this work with the New England Conservatory Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Zander at Boston’s Jordan Hall. “Using a bright, rich baritone, Belov kept the goose bump factor high,” wrote a Boston Globe reviewer.

KSC artist-in-residence George Loring will accompany Belov on piano throughout the recital, which will include songs by L. Malashkin, Mikhail Glinka, and German composer Kurt Weill’s tribute to Tchaikovsky and other Russians. Belov will open the recital with three Neapolitan songs followed by Minnelied by Johannes Brahms. He’ll also sing works by Joaquin Nin, Enric Granados, and Fernando J. Obradors. This recital is sponsored by the KSC Commission on the Status of Diversity and Multiculturalism.

A native of Moscow, Belov holds a bachelor of music degree from the New England Conservatory and a master of music degree from the Juilliard School.

Belov won First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, as well as three special prizes: the Orchestra New England Soloist Prize, the Miriam Brody Aronson Prize, and the Bärenreiter Prize for Voice. The Young Concert Artists Series presented Mr. Belov’s debuts in New York at the 92nd Street Y and in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. He will debut in the YCA Series at the Kennedy Center on Oct. 12.

The recital is Located off Wyman Way, the Redfern Arts Center is accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations for a disability, please call the box office, 603-358-2168, at least two weeks before the recital.

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