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Singer Alkema to be at APSU

Austin Peay State University and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts present mezzo-soprano Keri Alkema in concert.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

APSU students are admitted free with their Govs I.D. card. Non-APSU students may purchase tickets for $12. Regular adult tickets are $25. APSU students may pick up their free ticket (one per Govs card) from 6-7:15 p.m. before the concert at the Box Office in the MMC lobby.
Austin Peay State University and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts present mezzo-soprano Keri Alkema in concert.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21 in the Music/Mass Communication Building Concert Hall.

APSU students are admitted free with their Govs I.D. card. Non-APSU students may purchase tickets for $12. Regular adult tickets are $25. APSU students may pick up their free ticket (one per Govs card) from 6-7:15 p.m. before the concert at the Box Office in the MMC lobby.

Alkema has been praised by the New York Times as “being an excellent female lead” and for having “an appealing brew of dark and creamy colors in her mezzo, which she yields with an incisive musicality.”

During the current season, Alkema plays Charlotte in Massenet's “Werther” for a return engagement with the Chautauqua Opera, joins the Metropolitan Opera roster in its production of “Die Walküre” covering the role of Siegrune and sings Handel's “Messiah” with the Tucson Symphony. In Winter Park, Fla., she will be heard in Mahler's Symphony No. 2 with the Florida Bach Festival and in Mozart's “Requiem” with the Delaware Symphony. She also will offer a recital in Oberlin, Ohio, under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation.

In the 2006-07 season, Alkema made her New York City Opera debut as Suzuki in “Madama Butterfly” and her Naples Opera debut as Mother in “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and Suzuki in “Madama Butterfly.” She sang Brahms' “Alto Rhapsody,” Bruckner's “Te Deum” with the Florida Bach Festival and Handel's “Messiah” with the Virginia Symphony. She also participated in Opéra de Montréal's Annual Gala concert. In addition, Alkema gave a solo recital under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation in Winter Park.

For more information, contact the APSU Department of Music, (931) 221-7818. -- Barry A. Williams