World-renowned vocalist Denyce Graves to perform Feb. 2 at Claflin University

For Immediate Release

January 27, 2013



Charlene D. Slaughter ~ 803-535-5077 (office) ~ 803-308-1807 (cell) ~

Wendy Jeffcoat Crider ~ 803-535-5751 (office) ~

Orangeburg, S.C. – The Alonzo Webster Wright Lyceum Series at Claflin University will present internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.

Graves’ career has taken her to the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. The combination of her rich vocalism, elegant stage presenceand exciting theatrical abilities allows her to pursue a wide breadth of operatic portrayals and to delight audiences in concert and recital appearances. She is particularly well-known to operatic audiences for her portrayals of the title roles in “Carmen” and “Samson et Dalila,” and appears continually on the stages of leading theaters in North America, Europe and Asia.

Graves’ programs include classical repertoire of German lieder, French mélodieand English art song, as well as the popular music of Broadway musicals, crossover and jazz together with American spirituals. She appears regularly on radio and television as a musical performer, celebrity guest, and as the subject of documentaries and other special programming.

Graves is a native of Washington, D.C., where she attended the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts. She continued her education at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory. Graves is the recipient of many awards, including the Grand Prix du Concours International de Chant de Paris, the Eleanor Steber Music Award in the Opera Columbus Vocal Competitionand a Jacobson Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. In 1991, she received the Grand Prix Lyrique, awarded once every three years by the Association des amis de l’opéra de Monte-Carlo, and the Marian Anderson Award. In addition she has received honorary doctorates from Oberlin College, the College of Saint Maryand Centre College. She recently joined the voice faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.

The Lyceum Series was established by Vergil Wright, a former Claflin professor, who gave the University $100,000 to create a lyceum series in honor of his father and Claflin alumnus, the Rev. Alonzo Webster Wright.The Lyceum Series exposes the Claflin family and the community to well-known and established musicians while nurturing the academic and social growth of students.

Admission to the Feb. 2 concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Claflin University’s Office of Communications and Marketing at 803-535-5077.


Claflin University is an accredited, comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with The United Methodist Church. A historically black university founded in 1869 and located in Orangeburg, S.C., Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs.