Mezzo-Soprano to Sing at JBU

Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 8, 2005) — – John Brown University will present a concert by mezzo-soprano Diane Kesling on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jones Recital Hall on the JBU campus. This event is free and open to the public. Kesling’s performance theme at JBU will be the four seasons. She will sing selections such as Handel’s Furibondo spira il vento, Brahms’ Der Jager, Rorem’s Rain in Spring, and Gershwin’s Summertime. Diane Kesling joined the Houston Opera Studio upon graduation from Ohio State University. After winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition, she was invited to become a member of the Met’s Young Artist Development Program and a soloist with the company. She has performed in over 40 Met productions, including Cosi Fan Tutte (Dorabella), Otello (Emilia), La Traviata (Flora), Faust (Siebel), and Le Nozze Di Figaro (Cherubino). She has also sung in three of the four operas of Der Ring des Nibelungen, which became award-winning recordings on the Deutsche Grammophon label conducted by James Levine. Kesling has performed in such renowned places as the l'Opera de Nice, Houston Grand Opera, La Scala, Seattle Opera, Boston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She is currently an instructor of voice at Arkansas’ Henderson State University and resides in New York City and Hot Springs, Ark. For more information, call the JBU music office at (479) 524-7154. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,900 students from 43 states and 39 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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