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Ohio Wesleyan University’s Performing Arts Series Kicks Off with Leading French Baritone François Le Roux

October 16, 2007

François Le Roux
DELAWARE, OHIO – The sounds of Paris in the 1920s and ’30s will fill Ohio Wesleyan University’s Jemison Auditorium on Nov. 4 when renowned French baritone François Le Roux performs the music of Fauré, Ravel, Duparc, Debussy, Poulenc, and Dutilleux to kick off the university’s 2007-08 Performing Arts Series.

The concert will begin at 3:15 p.m. in the auditorium, located inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St. Le Roux will be accompanied by pianist Mikhail Hallack.

Le Roux began his vocal training at age 19, and is a past winner of international competitions in both Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro. He is renowned throughout the world for his performances in repertoire that ranges from baroque to contemporary music, from French art song to the major roles of the operatic stage.

He has been a guest with all of the major European opera houses and festivals, and was chosen as 1997’s “Musical Personality of the Year” by the French Critics Union. Le Roux has numerous recordings on EMI, Erato, REM, Hyperion Records, BMG-RCA, and Decca/Universal Records. To sample Le Roux’s music, visit www.hyperion-records.co.uk/artist_page.asp?name=leroux.

Additional 2007-08 Performing Arts Series events include:

  • 8 p.m. Nov. 10 – “The Cody Rivers Show: Stick to Glue.” Ohio Wesleyan graduates Mike Mathieu and Andrew Connor of Seattle bring their original, brash, high-octane sketch comedy to central Ohio. The show will take place in the main theatre inside Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave.
  • 8 p.m. Jan. 25 – The Chamber Music Project, featuring music director and recording artist, Christopher C. Lee. This rising New York City string quartet will perform a late 19th century repertoire. The concert will take place in Jemison Auditorium inside Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St.
  • 8 p.m. Jan. 26 – The Chamber Dance Project, featuring the contemporary ballet and dance of artistic director Diane Coburn Bruning and others. The performance will include a live string quartet accompaniment. The performance will be in Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave.

Tickets for all Performing Arts Series events are $15 for general admission and $5 for students (with a valid school ID) and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased online at www.ticketweb.com or by calling the Performing Arts Series phone messaging service at (740) 368-3629. College professors and high school teachers also may request complimentary event tickets (one week prior to each event) for their classes by calling (740) 368-3629. The event should complement classroom curriculum.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.