Tenor Alok Kumar to Perform Solo Concert at The Ware Center, 11/8

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Internationally renowned tenor Alok Kumar will take the stage as a solo concert artist with a program including songs by Liszt, Brahms, and Rachmaninoff on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Ware Center. Kumar's performance will be uniquely influenced by Romani music and culture. The Ware Center is located at 42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster.

Born in India and raised in upstate New York, Alok Kumar is known for his lead roles in the operas of Verdi, Puccini, and Bizet. Some of his venues have included Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium, the Sanibel Music Festival in Florida, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Canada's Le Domaine Forget International Music Festival, Opera Delaware, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

Kumar has performed roles such as the Duke of Mantua in Verdi's Rigoletto, Don José from Carmen, Pinkerton in the excerpted love duet from Puccini's Madame Butterfly, the tenor soloist in Rossini's Stabat Mater, the tenor solo in the Thomas Cabaniss Cantata My Song is a Fire, and the tenor soloist in the New York premier of Stephen Paulus's To Be Certain of the Dawn. He recently collaborated with director Scott Schwarz and librettist Marc Aceto in Jeffrey Stock's musical adaptation of E. M. Forster's A Room with a View.

Kumar's concert credits have included works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Duruflé, Mozart, Brahms, Orff, and Handel, with art song credits including song cycles of Mahler, Vaughan Williams, and Schumann. He has appeared as a guest solo artist with symphonies in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Texas and Massachusetts, including Symphony Hall for the Richard Rodgers Centennial with the Boston Pops and Sanders Theatre with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Kumar has also recorded the role of Jesus of Nazareth in Marcos Galvany's operatic tableaux Oh My Son with members of the Washington National Symphony and Washington National Opera Orchestra under the baton of Michael Rossi. He performed the role of Jesus again in the work's European premiere in Spain in 2014.

Prior to his vocal transition, Alok Kumar earned a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. He is a member of the State Bars of New York and Massachusetts and maintains a law practice in New York, where he resides.

Tickets are $15 reserved seating, $12 for seniors, and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting ArtsMU.com or by calling 717-871-7600. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the Ticket Office located in the Student Memorial Center on Millersville's campus, or the Ware Center, located at 42 N. Prince Street, in Lancaster. Doors open one hour before each show for ticket sales, subject to availability.

The Millersville University Visual and Performing Arts Season is made possible by support from Season Platinum Partner Rodgers & Associates and Gold Season Sponsors Aussie and the Fox and Hagelgans & Veronis, and Silver Season Sponsors Clipper Magazine, The Hotel Lancaster, 12:34 MicroTechnologies, and Weber Advertising. First Friday Music Stage is sponsored by Fine Living Lancaster. This season's Luminary Donors include Ann Barshinger, John & Susan Garofola, Mary Burton & Laurent Horne, Linda Holman Marcks, William McIlwaine, Peggy Neff, Mary Kearns & Jon Walker, and Paul & Judy Ware.



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