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Soprano Ilah Raleigh performs in Minneapolis on March 2, 2008

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Ilah Raleigh, an African-American soprano with Minnesota roots, will present a recital of classical music at the Guild Hall of Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis, on Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. This vibrant program includes Debussy's ethereal "Forgotten Airs," poignant songs by Sicilian composer Donaudy, and delicious canciones by Obradors, a 20th century Spanish composer. Pianist Jim Reilly will accompany Raleigh and special guest Mary Kirchner, mezzo-soprano, will join her in two duets. Ilah Raleigh, an African-American soprano with Minnesota roots, will present a recital of classical music at the Guild Hall of Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis, on Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. This vibrant program includes Debussy's ethereal "Forgotten Airs," poignant songs by Sicilian composer Donaudy, and delicious canciones by Obradors, a 20th century Spanish composer. Pianist Jim Reilly will accompany Raleigh and special guest Mary Kirchner, mezzo-soprano, will join her in two duets. Admission for this benefit recital is $15 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12. All proceeds are designated for future studies in Europe.

Raleigh's talent for languages and passion for other cultures has propelled her into a career in opera and recital. She originally studied and then performed as a mezzo-soprano with such notable companies as the Washington National Opera and Wolf Trap Opera. This past year, while a member of Orlando Opera's Resident Artist Program, she made the vocal transition to soprano.

A native of Minneapolis, Raleigh holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Italian Studies (BA) from the University of Minnesota. She studied with noted mezzo-soprano Giulietta Simionato in Milan, Italy, during 1998-2000.

Raleigh possesses a rich, polished voice and a great sensitivity to the poetry she performs. Her warm, engaging manner and vivacious stage presence enable her to connect with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Her recitals include brief reflections about the music she performs, making the composers and their music come alive for the audience. For further information, see www.ilahraleigh.com.
 

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