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Renowned tenor to perform Friday  
Issachah Savage, world renowned tenor, will perform at Pittsburg State on Friday.

Renowned tenor to perform Friday  

Born into a musical and religious family in the Philadelphia area, Issachah Savage vividly remembers his first public performance — in church at age 7. 

Today, he's taking the opera world by storm as a performer with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Utah Symphony, and the Austin Lyric Opera, and has made appearances at the Kennedy Center and many other acclaimed venues from coast to coast. 

On Friday, Pittsburg State University will be added to that list. 

Savage will be the final performer in this season's Solo & Chamber Music Series. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Sharon Kay Dean Recital Hall in McCray Hall. 

His appearance is timed to coincide with the Barbara Rondelli Kansas Statewide Voice Competition, which will be hosted by Pittsburg State in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on Saturday. Competition finalists have been invited to attend the Friday evening concert as part of their visit to Pittsburg. 

Savage will be accompanied by pianist Jeremy Weissman. Their program will include songs by Ludwig van Beethoven, Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss, Samuel Barber, Roger Quilter, and arrangements of Spirituals. 

Savage has been described by reviewers with the San Francisco Chronicle and Opera News as singing with "a combination of power and finesse that is rare to observe," and having a voice that "has both impressive size and beauty...and by the time he finished, nearly half the audience was on its feet cheering." 

He is the winner of the 2014 Seattle International Wagner Competition earning the main prize, audience favorite prize, and orchestra favorite prize, as well as numerous other awards from institutions such as Wagner Societies of New York, Washington, D. C., and Northern California, Licia Albanese International Puccini Foundation, Olga Forrai Foundation, Jensen Vocal Competition, Opera Index, and Giulio Gari Foundation.  

Concert tickets are $12 for the general public and $8 for over 65/under 18. They are available in advance through the University Ticket Office in the Garfield Weede Building, or at the door prior to the performance. Full-time PSU students are entitled to a free ticket. 

The Solo and Chamber Music Series is supported by major funding from the PSU Student Government Association. For further details, contact the Department of Music at 620-235-4466, or access the series brochure on the department's webpage: 

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