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Currently the ne plus ultra bass of the Western world, Samuel Ramey is best known to Chicago audiences for his many Lyric Opera portrayals; what recital singing he has done has been mostly at big-bucks Lyric Opera parties. Now the true diversity and musicianship of this extraordinary artist can be heard in a single afternoon as Ramey appears in a recital at the annual Rosary College Trustee Benefit–his only appearance scheduled here for some time: he is not on the Lyric roster for next year (Lyric tends to alternate superstars every year or so). Tickets will be scarce, but if you can beg, borrow, or steal one, you won’t be disappointed. Included on Ramey’s program is music of Handel, Purcell, Schubert, Verdi, Ravel, Ives, and Britten. Sunday, 3 PM, fine arts auditorium, Rosary College, 7900 W. Division, River Forest; 708-366-2490, ext. 470.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Christian Steiner.