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Two-Time Grammy Award Winner Sylvia McNair Performs for PAS Concert


November 7, 2002

[ Sylvia McNair Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Two-time Grammy Award winner Sylvia McNair will perform on Nov. 10 at 3:15 p.m. in Ohio Wesleyan's Gray Chapel as part of the University's 2002-2003 Performing Arts Series.

McNair, a Mansfield native, is at home on the stage in Lincoln Center or singing in The Rainbow Room. She boasts a repertoire ranging from the 17th and 18th century through today's commissioned works.

McNair has amassed more than 70 recordings during her 20-year career, while also appearing as a regular guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the National Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Salzburg Festival and the Metropolitan Opera.

During 1999 and 2000, she was featured in works commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society. She joined her husband, conductor and pianist Hal France, for a performance at the U.S. Supreme Court by the special invitation of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

When asked to reveal a few of her career highlights, McNair chose, "Singing a performance of the Bach B-Minor Mass with the Vienna Philharmonic for Pope John Paul II at The Vatican, signing for Hillary Clinton in Salzburg and just about any job I do with my husband."

McNair was honored with the Governor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts and Entertainment from Governor Bob Taft in 1999.

She earned a Master's degree with Distinction from the Indiana School of Music. She has received honorary doctorates from Westminster College in 1997 and in 1998 from Indiana University.

McNair and all the Performing Arts Series productions are open to the public. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. For more information or tickets call 740-368-3188.