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Sounds & Spirits: Kurt Ollmann @Unitarian Universalist Church

You know you’re good when you’re great in the eyes of the likes of Leonard Bernstein, so it’s safe to say lyric baritone Kurt Ollmann’s Saturday performance is going to be good, great, and beyond.

A singer who got his start with Milwaukee’s Skylight Opera, Ollmann easily transitions between musical comedy and opera, earning him great favor in the eyes of iconic composer and conductor Bernstein. Ollman starred in West Side Story, Candide, and more.

Ollmann’s is a stellar resume, packed with performances at esteemed venues from Carnegie Hall to London’s Barbican Centre to the Salle Pleyel in Paris to Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

The “lyric baritone of unusual beauty and cultivation,” as the New York Times once called Ollmann, will be joined by pianist Kelly Blackmarr Carlile to present a variety of works by 19th century European and American composers—think Debussy, Fauré, Brahms—plus songs by 20th century composers, including Ollmann’s famed work with Bernstein. When the focus turns to the work of composer Stephen Foster, keen an eye out for Savannah guitarist Bill Smith, bassist Mitch Hennes, and members of the Unitarian Universalist Vocal Ensemble, who will join Ollmann onstage.

Stick around after the performance for a reception in Rahn Hall.

Saturday, February 13, 4 p.m., $27.37 (, all-ages