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Performing Arts Center Benefit Scheduled for Dec. 14

Opera Diva Ana Maria Martinez Performs “Songs from My Heart” for Benefit Concert

To celebrate the unveiling of a planned Performing Arts and Conference Center at the University of St. Thomas, world-renowned soprano and Houston Grand Opera favorite Ana Maria Martinez will perform a benefit concert “Cantos De Mi Corazon, Songs from My Heart” at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 14, in Zilkha Hall of the Hobby Center.

This memorable event, chaired by Martin and Kelli Cohen Fein, celebrates the University’s vision for enhancing the visual and performing arts for the campus and the Houston community. Thanks to a generous grant from The Alkek Williams Foundation, UST has engaged Studio Red Architects to begin the design of a Performing Arts and Conference Center that will occupy a block of University campus. UST friend and benefactor Margaret Alkek Williams will be honored for her generosity to the arts.

In keeping with St. Thomas’ philosophy that fine and performing arts are essential to its mission of educating leaders of faith and character, the design will include a mid-size concert hall, a black box flex theater and a multi-functional conference center. This world-class theater and conference center will add another jewel to Houston’s Museum District.

To kick off this inaugural fundraising event, Martinez will sing selections ranging from Broadway to Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Martinez is a Latin Grammy award-winning star whose dramatic range distinguishes her as one of today’s most sophisticated lyric sopranos. Her career spans the world’s opera houses, concert halls, recording studios and movie theatres. Most recently, Martinez made a major role debut as Cio-Cio-San, the central character in HGO’s performance of Madame Butterfly.

Tiered ticket prices begin at $250 per ticket balcony seating, $500 and $1,000 orchestra seating. $1,000 ticket holders will attend a private dinner with Martinez in Artista Restaurant immediately following the concert.

For tickets or more information, contact Sue Bradford at