NEW YORK, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A recording of "The Lord's Prayer" and
"America The Beautiful" by mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, the songs which she
sang at Washington, D.C.'s National Cathedral on America's National Day of
Mourning following the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, will be
released by RCA Red Seal to commemorate the victims of the tragedy and benefit
the American Red Cross.
The album also includes the world premiere recording of the song "American
Anthem," which Graves performed at the invitation of Oprah Winfrey, on a
special edition of Oprah! the week after the attacks entitled "Music to Heal
Our Hearts." The only other time Graves has performed this song on television
was at the Inaugural Concert for President George W. Bush.
The full-length album of stirring songs and hymns from the rich RCA
catalogue also features performances by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops,
Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, James Galway, legendary opera star Marian
Anderson, Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony, The Robert
Shaw Chorale, Richard Stoltzman and many others. American Anthem will be in
stores on November 6.
Graves, an exclusive recording artist on the RCA Red Seal record label,
will sing the role of Federica in Luisa Miller at the Metropolitan Opera on
October 26 and 30, and November 3,7,10,13,16 and 21. Singled out by USA Today
as one of "the singers most likely to be (an) operatic superstar of the 21st
century," the American mezzo-soprano has been acclaimed internationally for
her portrayal of the title role of Bizet's Carmen as well as that of Dalila in
Saint-Saens' opera, Samson et Dalila. Graves has performed with Placido
Domingo and Andrea Bocelli among many other stars, and has sung at the White
House twice. In 1996 she was the subject of an Emmy-award winning profile on
CBS's "60 Minutes." She made her debut for RCA Red Seal with "Voce Di Donna"
and later recorded "America the Beautiful" as guest vocalist with Keith
Lockhart and the Boston Pops for their release, "A Splash of Pops." Consumer
demand for both recordings has soared since Graves' recent television
Among the other highlights of American Anthem are "The Star-Spangled
Banner" and "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops,
"Shenandoah" by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops and flute virtuoso James
Galway's instrumental version of Bette Midler's smash hit, "From A Distance."
American Anthem features two Aaron Copland works: "Fanfare for the Common
Man" performed by the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson
Thomas and "Variations on a Shaker Melody ("Simple Gifts") by the Philharmonia
Virtuosi. The Robert Shaw Chorale performs the patriotic songs, "America,"
"God Bless America" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Completing the
recording are "Amazing Grace" by multiple Grammy Award-winning clarinet
virtuoso Richard Stoltzman and Irma Vallecillo, contralto Marion Anderson's
classic rendition of the spiritual, "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"
and "Alleluia" by Musica Sacra Chrorus.
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