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Issue: 1188 Date: 5/30/2013
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A 'SING'-ULAR Performance!
Nationally celebrated artists raise their voices June 10
for concert to aid Siteman Cancer Center research

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TOP ROW: Carol Wong, Aubrey Allicock, Meredith Arwady, Deanna Breiwick and Matthew Burns.
        ST. LOUIS - Music lovers can enjoy the voices of world-class artists on June 10 while supporting cancer research. The fourth annual "Sing for Siteman" will feature nine vocal artists from around the world who will unite for one performance for the cause. The concert will be from 7:30-9 p.m. at Whitaker Hall on Washington University's Danforth Campus and will include a variety of musical genres, including Broadway, opera, spiritual and cabaret. An informal wine and dessert reception will follow, allowing guests to mingle with the performers. Tickets are $100 for preferred seating and $50 for open seating. Space is limited; reserve your seat early by calling the Opera Theatre's box office at 314-961-0644, or by visiting http://www.opera-stl.org/SingForSiteman .

        "Sing for Siteman" is the creation of internationally renowned concert pianist Carol Wong in honor of her mother and late father, both of whom battled cancer. Kim Eberlein and Janice Linehan are co-chairs of the event, and Stephen Lord is the host.

        Artists appearing in "Sing for Siteman" regularly perform around the globe, with many appearing on such renowned stages as The Metropolitan Opera, the English National Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. They will be in residence in St. Louis, singing in principal roles in The Pirates of Penzance, a double-bill of Il tabarro and Pagliacci, the world premiere of Champion, and The Kiss in the Wells Fargo Advisors 2013 Festival Season at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. "Sing for Siteman" performers will include: Mabel Dorn Reeder Prize-winner Aubrey Allicock, who will create the role of Young Emile in the world premiere of Champion; Corinne Winters; Deanna Breiwick; Hugh Russell; Thomas Hammons; Emily Pulley; Matthew Burns; Meredith Arwady; and Matthew Plenk.

        "The lives of many of these young artists have been touched by cancer, either personally or through close family and friends, and they want to do something positive, using their unique gift, to make a difference," said Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, director of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. "We are extremely grateful both to the artists for donating their time and to the volunteers for ensuring that this will be a moving and meaningful evening of music."

        The artists are dedicating their time and talents to aid Siteman's Discovery Fund, which provides critical support for promising new cancer therapies and treatments.

        ABOUT OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS

        Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is one of the leading American opera companies, known for a spring festival of inventive new productions, sung in English, featuring the finest American singers and accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony. As of 2012 Opera Theatre has presented 22 world premieres and 23 American premieres - which may be the highest percentage of new work in the repertory of any U.S. company. Described by The Sunday Times of London as "one of the few American companies worth the transatlantic fare," Opera Theatre of Saint Louis annually welcomes visitors from nearly every state and close to a dozen foreign countries. Although the size of the theater typically limits box office income to less than a quarter of the budget, the company has consistently produced work of the highest quality while never accumulating a deficit. Opera Theatre also has a long tradition of discovering and promoting the careers of the finest operatic artists of the current generation. Among the artists who had important early opportunities at Opera Theatre are Christine Brewer, Susan Graham, Nathan Gunn, Patricia Racette, Thomas Hampson, Jerry Hadley, Dawn Upshaw, Sylvia McNair, Erie Mills, Dwayne Croft, Kelly Kaduce, and Lawrence Brownlee. Opera Theatre has always been known for distinguished leadership: founding general director Richard Gaddes was succeeded in 1985 by general director Charles MacKay, with famed British stage director Colin Graham as artistic director and Stephen Lord (1992 - present) as music director. Timothy O'Leary was named general director in October 2008 with acclaimed stage director James Robinson succeeding Colin Graham. For more information, visit http://ExperienceOpera.org .

        ABOUT THE SITEMAN CANCER CENTER

        The Siteman Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Missouri, is ranked a top 10 cancer facility by U.S. News & World Report. Comprising the cancer research, prevention and treatment programs of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, Siteman is also Missouri's only member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. For more information about the cancer center, visit http://www.siteman.wustl.edu .

BOTTOM ROW: Thomas Hammons, Matthew Plenk, Emily Pulley, Hugh Russell and Corinne Winters.

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