UUF Emerson Series Features Opera Performance

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship presents baritone Keith Harris, accompanied by Kenneth Bozeman, as part of its Emerson Cultural Series. The two will perform the opera The Andrée Expedition by Dominick Argento on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 pm.

In July 1897 three Swedish explorers, Andrée, Strindberg, and Fraenkel, set out to be the first men in history to travel to the North Pole and back in a hot air balloon. Their correspondence broke off three months later. Three decades later, their bodies were discovered and returned to Sweden. The notebooks of Andrée and Strindberg were published, and most of the text for the opera is taken directly from their writings. The opera, sung in English, covers the excitement and tragedy of this amazing expedition.

Harris, who currently resides in New York City, holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University and a Masters of Music from University of Washington-Seattle. He enjoys a diverse opera, recital and oratorio career, and performs throughout the United States.

Bozeman is Chair of the Voice Department and Frank C. Shattuck Professor of Music at Lawrence Conservatory of Music. He is an active performer of recitals and of oratorio, and has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Green Lake Music Festival, the Purgatory Music Festival of Colorado, the Louisville Bach Society, the Historical Keyboard Society of Wisconsin, and on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Live from the Elvehjem.”

Admission to the concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students. A reception will follow the concert with the opportunity to meet the performers.

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