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BARITONE SIDNEY OUTLAW USES RED CARPET DEBUT TO SUPPORT PEDIATRIC CANCER RESEARCH
Baritone Sidney Outlaw showcased his support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the GRAMMY Awards. Outlaw, along with eight other professional vocalists and a host of other University of Michigan musicians and artists, were nominated in the Best Opera Recording category for their work on the first-ever recording of Darius Milhaud’s 1922 L’Orestie d’Eschyle.
LOS ANGELES (February 8, 2015) – GRAMMY nominated Baritone Sidney Outlaw used his red carpet debut during the 57th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday to show his support for a great cause – finding cures for childhood cancer and other pediatric illnesses that plague millions of children globally. Outlaw is a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which provides research and treatment for catastrophic diseases in children, primarily pediatric cancers.
The baritone was among nine professional vocal soloists and a bevy of University of Michigan musicians and artists to be nominated in the Best Opera Recording category for their first-ever recording of Darius Milhaud’s 1922 L’Orestie d’Eschyle (Orestia of Aechylus).
However, instead of solely focusing on his accomplishment, Outlaw used the opportunity to discuss how others could support St. Jude.
“It is a tremendous honor to be included among the world’s most talented and renowned musicians,” said Outlaw, who also wore at St. Jude lapel pin on his tuxedo jacket. “It is also a tremendous honor to be included among those who are committed to finding cures and saving the live of millions children across the globe.”
The recording that brought Outlaw to “music’s biggest night” is among five classical works that were nominated for Best Opera Recording.
The recording, produced by the University Musical Society located at the University of Michigan, is the result of the first North American performance of the entire work, which is believed to be the first anywhere in the world since 1963.
Outlaw’s rich timbre is highlighted in the groundbreaking recording, released by Naxos, on which he sang the role of “Apollo,” and is featured as one of nine vocal soloists. The massive recording showcases the University Symphony Orchestra of the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD); a 320-voice choir comprising the UMS Choral Union and SMTD’s Chamber Choir and Orpheus Singers; and the SMTD Percussion Ensemble. The concert took place in April 2013 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Hill Auditorium, the university’s renowned concert hall.
While Outlaw did not take home a GRAMMY, he is an award-winning singer. He is one of the recent winners of the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation’s International Competition, and is a previous winner of the Concurso Internacional de Canto Montserrat Caballe, an exclusive intercontinental opera competition.
Outlaw made his debut last spring with the Atlanta Opera as “Figaro” in The Barber of Seville. He also starred as “Moses” with the American Symphony Orchestra’s Moses. He also covered the role of “Mahmoud” in the Metropolitan Opera’s The Death of Klinghoffer. In addition, he performed in recital with Howard Watkins in the Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Recital Series. He rejoined the Oratorio Society in December for its annual performance of Messiah. In the summer 2015, he will make his Spoleto Festival debut as Jake in Porgy and Bess.
Learn more about Sidney at www.sidneyoutlaw.com.
Pictures of Sidney Outlaw at the 57th GRAMMY Awards are below.
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