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Source: Thomas Jackson, 785-532-2354,
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News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415,

Friday, March 27, 2009


MANHATTAN -- The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, which performs a repertoire of music from three centuries, will bring the sound of America to Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5.

The performance features American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, who will perform Alan Smith's moving song cycle based on Margaret A. Frink's journal on her passage by covered wagon across the Oregon Trail to the gold fields of California.

Blythe has appeared in several of the world's most famous opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Royal Opera House at London's Covent Garden and the Opera National de Paris.

The public is invited to attend the McCain Conversations with Blythe and Reginald Pittman, K-State associate professor of music, before the performance at 6:30 p.m. in 204 McCain Auditorium. The free lecture is designed to inform, educate and engage audience members to help enhance their enjoyment of the performance.

The program also features John Antes' Trio in D minor for Strings, Op. 3, No. 2; George Gershwin's Lullaby for String Quartet; and Amy Cheney Beach's Quintet in F-sharp minor for Piano and Strings.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center is based out of New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. Through its performances, education, and recording and broadcasting activities, it draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind.

Tickets are on sale now. Prices start at $14 for K-State students and children 18 and under. General public tickets start at $28. Discounts for K-State faculty, seniors and military also are available. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or by calling 785-532-6428. More information also is available online at