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Baritone Kurt Ollmann to Perform
For UW-Eau Claire Artists Series

 MAILED:  Nov. 4, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — Baritone Kurt Ollmann will perform music by Benjamin Britten, Gustav Mahler, Francis Poulenc, Charles Ives, Paul Bowles and Joaquin Nin at his concert Thursday, Nov. 13, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Accompanied by pianist Jeffry Peterson, Ollmann will begin his Artists Series presentation at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Kurt Ollmann came to prominence singing the role of Riff in “West Side Story” under Leonard Bernstein, when the composer decided to record the entire score of his great musical with operatic voices in 1984. Ollmann is featured along with Kiri Te Kanawa and Jose Carreras in the documentary, “Leonard Bernstein Conducts ‘West Side Story’” (1985), a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Deutsche Grammophon recording.

Ollmann is heard regularly with opera companies, orchestras, chamber music groups and on many recordings, but he has always been especially devoted to the song repertoire. He has sung recitals in all the major New York venues, at Wigmore Hall in London, at La Scala in Milan, and in Geneva, Montreal and many other European and North American cities.

Born in Wisconsin, Ollmann began his career with Milwaukee’s Skylight Opera, and after performances in several prestigious venues he earned a place among Leonard Bernstein’s favored singers. His long association with the music of Bernstein includes recordings of “Candide,” “On the Town” and “A Quiet Place.”

An original performer of “The AIDS Quilt Songbook,” Ollmann also can be heard with Placido Domingo in Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette” (BMG), on Gershwin’s “Oh, Kay!” with Dawn Upshaw (Nonesuch), and Ravel’s “L’Heure Espagnol,” conducted by Andre Previn (Deutsche Grammophon).

Admission is $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office of University Centers and Programs.


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Updated: November 4, 2003