The concert features University of Michigan alum and international recording artists Darryl Taylor, countertenor, and Louise Toppin, soprano. Willis Patterson’s Our Own Thing Chorale will also perform.
Please call (734) 769-2999 to purchase tickets: $20 general admission and $25 preferred seating. More info at
Proceeds from the concert support The George Shirley African-American Art Song and Operatic Aria Competition, for high school students, ages 14 – 19. Open to singers of all races and ethnicities, this competition focuses solely on vocal compositions written for the recital or operatic stage by composers of African-American descent. Five prizes from $100 to $1,000 will be awarded in January 2013.
Hurry! The deadline to apply is December 15, 2012. Learn more at http://www.videmus.org/index.php?fwa=georgeShirley
Part of the Library of Contress Prints and Photographs Division, the iconic image of Mr. Shirley was taken by photographer Carl Van Vechten for the Metropolitan Opera in 1961. Mr. Shirley was the first African American to perform in a leading male role at the Met. Click here to learn more about the artist, educator and Michigan Man in “Conversation Piece: Tenor George Shirley” by Bruce Duffie.