The Andrée Expedition

Date: Friday Aug 04, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM
Price: $45, $25 students
The Story:
A hundred years ago the conquering of the North and South Poles were two of the few remaining geographical objectives not yet reached by civilized Europeans.  On July 11, 1897, Solomon August Andrée, Nils Strindberg, and Knut Fraenkel left on a doomed expedition to fly to the North Pole in a hot air balloon.  Thirty three years later, their bodies as well as their journals, letters, and diaries were found and returned to Sweden. Most of the text for this song cycle is taken directly from those documents.
" they lived and why they died. That Andrée, Strindberg, and Fraenkel failed to reach the North Pole in their balloon is of little consequence; that they died in the attempt is not the essential fact of the drama.  The most important point is that they made the attempt, fully aware that a successful outcome was virtually impossible.  And that they did so- as their journals and letters show- with courage, humor, strength, and grace is, for me, as significant an achievement as actually reaching the North Pole would have been.  Consequently, I regard their expedition not as a failure ending in a wintry death, but as a glowing affirmation of life, a triumph of the human spirit." - Dominick Argento

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