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Released Februrary 5, 2004


LONG BEACH, Miss. -- In celebration of the 100th birthday of Walter Anderson, The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Ambassador Series will present Benno Schollum, baritone, and Dr. Theresa Sanchez, pianist Feb. 29.

The 5 p.m. concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs. Accompanied by Sanchez, Schollum will present lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Strauss, and Grieg. He will also include some American literature in the program.

Born in Klagenfurt, Austria, Schollum studied voice at the University for Music in Vienna. He has a varied repertoire that includes many opera roles as well as a large part of the classical-romantic Lied and Oratorio repertoire. Under the baton of conductors such as Menuhin, Rostropovich and Entremont, Schollum has performed with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, The BBC Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony, among others.

This season he will sing several times the Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Vienna, Lisbon, and the United States, Mahler's Kindertotenlieder with orchestras in Spain, a tour with Viennese music in Florida, and several recitals in Austria and the United States.

Sanchez enjoys a varied performing career as a soloist and collaborative musician. She has presented recitals in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Sanchez is presently a faculty member at Jones Junior College in Ellisville, Miss., and is a past president of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. She has been a national finalist in the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist Competition, and serves regularly as an official accompanist for the MTNA Southern Division competitions.

For more information call Joanne Edwards at (228) 863-9879.



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