University of Pittsburgh
February 3, 2005

Third Annual Valentine's Concert Featuring Daphne Alderson To be Hosted by Pitt Feb. 14

This event is part of the Heinz Chapel Pittsburgh Artists Series
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH—Cabaret and classical singer Daphne Alderson will perform in the University of Pittsburgh's Third Annual Valentine's Concert, titled "An American in Paris, 1945! A Celebration of the Songs of World War II," as part of the Heinz Chapel Pittsburgh Artists Series, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in Heinz Memorial Chapel, Fifth and Bellefield avenues, Oakland. The series is part of the chapel's larger Trio of Concerts Series.

The concert, featuring music formerly sung by such legendary performers as Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf, is held in honor of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Alderson will sing and narrate from the alternating points of view of an American soldier and a French chanteuse.

An adjunct applied voice instructor at Seton Hill University, Alderson made her 1998 debut in the New York City cabaret "Songs and Chansons." Since then, she has performed in New York City's Avery Fisher and Merkin halls; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; the Bach Aria Festival in Stonybrook, New York; and at various churches and arts organizations throughout the United States, Canada, and Italy. Her contralto voice has been featured in numerous opera performances in such roles as Hansel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, Dido in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and Rosina in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, among many others.

Remaining concerts in the Artists Series include "The Romantic Flute," rescheduled for March 1, and an April 16 University of Pittsburgh String Quartet performance, titled "…And stars will appear."

Admission for the Valentine's Concert is $20 and $12 for the other concerts.

For more information, call 412-624-4157 or visit