Frederica von Stade

PROVO — Brigham Young University presents a concert by the mezzo-soprano hailed by The New York Times as "one of America's finest artists and singers," Frederica von Stade.

In addition to her concert, von Stade will teach a master class on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. in the de Jong Concert Hall. Tickets for this event are $10, or free for BYU students. (Admission to this event is free.)

The concert and educational outreach is funded, in part, by the BYU Performing Arts Series and the Nancy Peery Marriott Visiting Vocal Artist Series. This new endowment in the school of music supports academic excellence and artistic expression — the hallmarks with which von Stade has enriched the world of classical music for more than three decades. Since her 1970 debut, her career has taken her to the stages of the world's great opera houses and concert halls.

She has appeared with every leading American opera company and performed with many of the world's finest opera companies, conductors and symphony orchestras. Her numerous guest appearances include a performance with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games.

Von Stade's repertoire encompasses a rich variety, from the classical style of Mozart and Haydn to the popular songs of Broadway's greatest musicals. Her performance at BYU will include pieces by Ned Rorem, Franz Schubert, Fracois Poulenc, Aaron Copland, Claude Debussy, Georges Bizet, Maurice Ravel, Stephen Sondheim, Oscar Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein and her accompanist, noted composer Jake Heggie.

She holds honorary doctoral degrees from Yale University, Boston University, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Georgetown University School of Medicine and her alma mater, the Mannes School of Music. Her awards include a 1983 recognition of her significant contribution to the arts from President Ronald Reagan, six Grammy nominations and France's highest artistic honor, officer of L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

If you go . . .

What: Frederica von Stade

Where: de Jong Concert Hall, Harris Fine Arts Center, BYU campus

When: 7:30 p.m., Jan. 18

Cost: $20-$100/$5 student discount

Phone: 422-4322