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NMSU alumna and well known opera singer to join NMSU Choirs during annual festival

New Mexico State University Choirs will open their choral season with "Kirstin with Choirs" during the annual Jack Ward Festival at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at Atkinson Recital Hall.

Kirstin Chavez, a 1991 graduate of NMSU, will be the artist-in-residence at NMSU for the 2011-2012 academic year. Chavez is a noted mezzo-soprano and has traveled throughout the United States and internationally as the lead in the opera "Carmen."

"Chavez is a natural 'Carmen,'" said Sabine Kortals, Denver Post critic. "Her tone is rich, strong and sultry, and her delivery is cunning and convincing."

During the Jack Ward Festival, Chavez will perform the well known piece Habanera from "Carmen" and will perform selections with the NMSU University Singers. The second half of the program will feature Chavez with Combined Choirs in performances including "Ride On, King Jesus," "Deep River," "My Lord, What a Beautiful Mornin'" and more.

Chavez also has earned operatic roles such as Orfeo in "Orfeo ed Eurydice" by Gluck.

"Kirstin is my only student who has had a major operatic career," said Jerry Ann Alt, choral director. "She is also one of the most kind and humble human beings on the planet."

Tickets are available by calling the Pan American Center Ticket Office at 575-646-1420. For more information, call the NMSU Choral Office at 575-646-2067 or visit http://music.nmsu.edu/ensembles/choirs.