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Baritone Anton Belov performs in Dalton

Feb. 2, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Russian-born American baritone Anton Belov performs at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University.

Tickets for the performance, which is part of the Young Concert Artists Series, are $10 each for general admission and $5 each for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at (269) 387-2300 and also at the door.

Belov was praised by the Washington Post for his Kennedy Center debut as having "a voluminous sound, appealing stage presence and a tone of rich vibrancy that remained consistent at all dynamic levels." His upcoming engagements include numerous operatic appearances and recitals throughout the United States.

A native of Moscow, Belov holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory and an artist's diploma and a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School. As a specialist in Russian lyric diction, he is the author of "Russian Opera Libretti in Word-to-Word Translation and IPA Transcription" (Leyerle Publications 2004). This volume continues a series of opera texts translated and transcribed by Nico Castel.

Belov's future publishing contracts include an anthology of Russian Arias for baritone, as well as a piano-vocal score of "Eugene Onegin" with a phonetic transcription. Belov won First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

Anton Belov at Western Michigan University is sponsored by the Donald P. Bullock Music Performance Institute of the WMU School of Music. For more information about the Bullock Institute, visit www.wmich.edu/mus_bpi.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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