Up for Arts pairs opera star with wildlife photographer

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The Up for Arts 2018 Spring Art and Concert series continues March 23. The musical performances paired with visual art are held at 7 p.m. at the University Place Civic/Library Atrium, 3609 Market Square. The March 23 edition will feature Seattle opera star and Tacoma native Ryan Bede along with Elisabeth Ellis, pianist. Bede will sing “Songs of the British Isles” with selections by Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Quilter, Finzi and more.

Born and raised in Tacoma, baritone Bede made his Seattle Opera solo debut in May 2017 as the Second Priest in “The Magic Flute,” followed by Prince Yamadori in “Madama Butterfly” and Fiorello in “The Barber of Seville” in the 2017-18 season. He recently sang Papageno in “The Magic Flute” with Opera Idaho and performed his fifth Schaunard in “La Boheme” with Coeur d’Alene Opera in partnership with the Spokane Symphony. He also returned to Tacoma Opera as Tiger Brown in “The Threeepenny Opera,” after having sung Papageno, Mercutio in “Roméo et Juliette,” and the Pirate King in “The Pirates of Penzance” in recent seasons.

He is a former Young Artist with Tacoma Opera and the Aspen Opera Theater Center, and was a two-time recipient of the Seattle Opera Guild Singers Training Fund Grant. He completed his studies at the University of Puget Sound and the University of Washington, and now frequently performs as a lecturer and preview artist for the Seattle Opera Guild. He presently serves as the baritone soloist and section leader at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, and teaches voice at University of Puget Sound and Tacoma Community College, as well as maintaining a private studio in the Tacoma area. For more on Bede visit www.ryanbede.com.

Dan Suckow is a local photographer focusing mainly on wildlife and nature. His career of 40+ years (now retired) as an electronic engineer by trade greatly complements the technical requirements of photography. With an interest in photography since childhood, his devotion to capturing images and creating photographic art has intensified in the last 10 years. He has won numerous awards in art and photography shows and juried exhibits. He recognizes that photography is a never-ending journey to develop not only technical abilities to capture what he sees, but more importantly to see the image in the first place. His conviction to generate photographic art is based less on what the scene looks like and more on how it feels and moves him. What he finds most rewarding about photography is how it forces him to look more closely at creation and develop an ever-increasing appreciation for the awe and wonder that surrounds all of us. For more information on Suckow, visit dansuckowphotography.com

Tickets are $15, $5 students. UP for Art members are free. Tickets are sold at the door. For more information, visit www.upforarts.org

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