Opera News Editor and Acclaimed Biographer Brian Kellow To Speak at Boston University

in Arts, News Releases
December 3rd, 2007

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

Boston – On December 5, the Friends of the Libraries at Boston University, together with the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, will host an evening featuring highly regarded biographer and Opera News editor Brian Kellow. He will discuss his life and career, as well as sign copies of his new biography, Ethel Merman: A Life. Kellow’s papers are collected at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at BU.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, December 5
Time: 5:30 PM reception, 6:00 PM program
Location: Metcalf Hall (2nd Floor of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Admission: Free to Friends of the Libraries members and BU students; $25 per person for the public
Contact: For tickets/more information, call 353-1218 or email friends@bu.edu

Kellow’s latest book, Ethel Merman: A Life, was just published in November 2007. His lively re-telling of her dramatic life paints a vivid portrait of the Broadway diva. Kellow’s earlier biographies include Can’t Help Singing: The Life of Eileen Farrell (1999), about the celebrated opera and concert singer, as well as The Bennetts: An Acting Family (2004), which featured stage actor Richard Bennett and his through actress daughters Constance, Barbara and Joan.

Kellow began his career at Opera News in 1988. He now serves as the magazine’s features editor and also contributes his popular monthly column, “On the Beat,” in which he profiles leading performers. Past “On the Beat” subjects have included James Conlon, Natalie Dessay, Eileen Farrell, Maureen Forrester, Denyce Graves, Steven Mercurio, Tobias Picker, Joan Sutherland, Bryn Terfel, Dawn Upshaw, Deborah Voigt, Frederica von Stade and Christine Ebersole. Kellow has also contributed articles to other leading publications including Opera, BBC Music Magazine, Playbill and Newsday. Prior to writing, Kellow studied piano for 10 years.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theater, film, television, and political and religious movements. The Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public. For more information, email archives@bu.edu, call 617-353-3696 or visit www.bu.edu/archives.

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