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NEOC Presentation
February 16, 2020


Climbin’ Up the Mountain:
A History of the Great African American
Opera Singers

Ed Tapper, Speaker

This presentation by the Weston Public Library is open to the public

Porgy and Bess

Some years back, guest lecturer Ed Tapper gave a presentation for the NEOC which focused on historic African-American singers and their struggle to gain entry to, and acceptance on, the operatic stage and concert platform. Since then, Mr. Tapper has continued to research the topic, and gather rare recordings by pioneering opera singers of color. As February is national Black History Month, he has received a commission to present a new audio lecture on the subject which will be given later in the month. Fortunately for us, Ed will be premiering the lecture for the NEOC on Sunday, the 16 at the Coolidge Corner branch of the Brookline Public Library.

The audio presentation will highlight several historically significant African American opera and concert singers from the 19th century to the present, who persevered in the face of racial prejudice and violence, blazing the trail for future generations of singers from every race. It will include rare vocal performances by these legends, many of them not commercially available.

Having taught music and opera history at both UMass/Boston and Suffolk University, Ed Tapper lectures extensively throughout New England as well as in New York. He writes music and film criticism for a popular online journal, with thousands of reviews to his credit. In addition to teaching and writing, he is the owner of Orpheus, located at 362 Commonwealth Avenue in Back Bay. It is an internationally known retail store that specializes in opera and classical music.


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Date:
February 16, 2020

Time:
3:00 PM

Place:
The Public Library of Brookline, Venue: Coolidge Corner
 31 Pleasant St, Brookline

Telephone:
617.730.2370

Directions
  • Follow MA-28 S and Storrow Dr to Charlesgate W. Take the exit toward Kenmore Square from Storrow Dr .
  • Follow Beacon St to Pleasant St in Brookline
  • Continue onto Charlesgate W
  • Turn right onto Beacon St
  • Use the middle 2 lanes to urn slightly left to stay on Beacon St
  • Turn right onto Waldo St
  • Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Pleasant St

 

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