Jan. 22, 2013

Metropolitan Opera assistant conductor to speak and perform


The semester's Distinguished Speakers Series kicks off this semester with a musician and conductor of one the most renowned opera companies in the world.

Dan Saunders, a native of Perry, N.Y., and an assistant conductor with The Metropolitan Opera in New York City, will discuss "My Life in Music" on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 2:30 p.m., in Wadsworth Auditorium.

Saunders also is celebrated pianist and will be performing during his lecture.

"We are truly honored to welcome an artist of Dan Saunders' caliber to our campus," said President Christopher C. Dahl. "It is always gratifying to see someone with roots in western New York succeed on the world stage. We look forward to hearing him perform and gaining insight into an exciting and distinguished musical career."

Saunders has performed in recital with many of the world's leading singers and has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall and the Bastille Opera in Paris, among other venues. Television credits include appearances on the "Late Show with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," as well as NBC's "Today Show." He has frequently performed with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and has been heard on "Live from Lincoln Center" and on the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts.

• Dan Saunders' speaking engagement, "My Life In Music" is free and open to the public. The All-College Hour Distinguished Speaker Series is organized by Milne Library and the MacVittie College Union and sponsored by the college's Divisions of Student and Campus Life and Academic Affairs.