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Rice Magazine| The Magazine of Rice University | No. 3 | 2009

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Renee Fleming

Internationally acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming performed to a sellout crowd of 700 at the Shepherd School of Music’s recent gala. During the first half of the performance, Fleming was accompanied by her longtime friend and musical collaborator Richard Bado, director of Rice’s opera studies program, and during the second half by the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Larry Rachleff, the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestral conducting. The performance helped raise a record-breaking $2.4 million, which will benefit the opera program, which is gaining national attention; and increase endowed scholarships as part of Rice’s Centennial Campaign.