Opera superstar and Washington, D. C. native Denyce Graves will be presented in a special recital at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m., in the Terrace Theater. Themed: “A Tribute to the Grace Bumbry Concert,” this special recital commemorates the historic White House recital given by legendary mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry during the Kennedy administration in 1962. Praised by The Washington Post as one who “sings with freedom and passion in a voice that seems to get only richer and more lustrous,” Ms. Graves honors Bumbry in a performance that references her historic concert. Featured is Duparc’s “L’invitation au Voyage,” a favorite work of Mrs. Kennedy, who was said to have sung along into the president’s ear in harmony with Grace Bumbry.

Recognized worldwide as one of today’s most exciting vocal stars, Graves continues to gather unparalleled popular and critical acclaim in performances on four continents. Her career has taken her to the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. The combination of her expressive, rich vocalism, elegant stage presence, and exciting theatrical abilities allows her to pursue a wide breadth of operatic portrayals as well as delight audiences in concert and recital appearances.

This program is a part of the special series of events entitled “The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration,” honoring the presidency of one of our nation’s most beloved leaders.

To purchase tickets, call 202-467-4600 or visit http://www.kennedy-center.org.

Patrick D. McCoy is an arts columnist and musician residing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. His online column can be read at examiner.com/kennedy-center-in-washington-dc/patrick-mccoy.