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Susan Graham to sing at Kennedy funeral

The Grammy® Award-winning mezzo-soprano Susan Graham will
sing at the funeral mass for Senator Edward Moore Kennedy. The service will be
held on Saturday, August 29, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in
Boston, Massachusetts. President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy.

Susan Graham
is one of today’s foremost stars of opera and recital. She can be heard in the
great opera houses and with the most prestigious orchestras in the world. Her
extensive discography includes a Grammy® Award-winning recording of the songs of American composer Charles
Ives on the Warner Classics label. An expert in French music, Graham holds the honorary
title of Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, bestowed by the French government.

Born in New
Mexico and raised in Texas, Susan Graham studied at Texas Tech University and
the Manhattan School of Music, which awarded her an honorary doctorate in
2008.  She won the Metropolitan
Opera National Council Auditions and the Schwabacher Award from San Francisco
Opera, as well as a Career Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation.  She was Musical America’s 2004
Vocalist of the Year, and, since 2006, her hometown of Midland, Texas has
proclaimed September 5 “Susan Graham Day.”

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