The LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts will commemorate Robert Grayson’s longtime voice career with the “Robert Grayson Tribute Gala” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the LSU Union Theatre, Raphael Semmes Drive.

The event recognizes Grayson’s 45-year career as a professional opera tenor, 40-year teaching career and 30 years teaching voice, directing opera and leading the voice program at LSU, from where Grayson will be retiring in May.

The evening will include the LSU Symphony Orchestra and vocal talents of the faculty, students and alumni of the LSU School of Music for a celebratory concert.

Grayson’s future plans do not dictate absolute retirement. He will take a sabbatical in fall 2016, return informally in the 2017 spring semester to mentor his continuing graduate voice/opera students and then rejoin the faculty in the fall of 2017 as the Kirkpatrick Professor Emeritus to mentor eight singers each semester through 2020.

Grayson started out as an associate professor of voice at LSU in 1985 and was promoted to a full professor in 1990.

From 1987 to 2016, Grayson has chaired the Voice/Opera Division of LSU’s School of Music, and he served as the LSU Opera’s artistic director from 1996 to 2001.

Grayson was general and artistic director of Opéra Louisiane from 2007 to 2011, and he also founded the Patrons of the LSU Opera.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and LSU faculty and staff and $10 for LSU students. For tickets, call (225) 578-3527 or visit wp.cmda.lsu.edu.