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The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts

First Lady of OSU concert features opera professor

Friday, October 9, 2020

Oklahoma State University's Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music is hosting the First Lady of OSU Concert on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts Main Performance Hall, featuring Professor Steven Sanders. Tickets can be reserved online at music.okstate.edu, at McKnightCenter.org, or at The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts Box Office. The Box Office can be reached at (405) 744-9999. Ordering tickets in advance is highly recommended due to limited seating. This performance will also be live streamed on ostate.tv.

Steve Sanders
Professor Steven Sanders

Donations are being accepted by the Greenwood School of Music to support community outreach, student scholarships, and the new building fund. Donations can be made through the OSU Foundation at osugiving.com or by calling 405-385-5100.

Hailed by Opera News as "dynamic" and The New York Times as "impressive," Sanders, a tenor, has performed with many prestigious opera companies including New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Boston, Chautauqua Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Des Moines Opera, Dayton Opera, and the Opera Institute at Boston University. In addition to his many mainstream roles, Sanders excels in lesser performed roles such as Chairman Mao in Nixon in China by John Adams and Galileo in Galileo Galilei by Philip Glass. The recording of John Musto's Volpone, featuring Sanders as Bonario, was nominated for a Grammy Award as "Best Opera Recording of 2009."

An accomplished concert artist, he has also been heard as a soloist in Orff's Carmina Burana with the Dallas Wind Symphony, Beethoven's Mass in C Major with Boston's Masterworks Chorale, Mozart's Requiem and Mass in C minor at Carnegie Hall, and Haydn's Mass and Mozart's Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center.

A native of Ninnekah, Oklahoma, Sanders holds degrees in Music Education from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma from which he received the 2004 Distinguished Young Alumni Award. He received his master's degree in vocal performance from Oklahoma City University and went on to receive a Certificate of Performance from Boston University.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jacob Longan | College of Arts and Sciences | 405-744-7497 | jacob.longan@okstate.edu

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