JUNE 30 CONCERT

THREE CHICAGO TENORS PAY TRIBUTE TO BLACK CLASSICAL TENOR LEGENDS

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CHICAGO—While Chicago is well known as the home of The Blues, that's not the whole story.  From early in our nation's history black singers have been excelling as classical musicians and have had a home on the city's South Side.  Now a long overdue tribute to one group of them will take place on Chicago's lakefront. South Shore Opera Company of Chicago presents a concert featuring the contributions made by Black American Classical Tenors.  This is an opportunity to discover a history that few are aware of, while listening to that extraordinary tenor sound; not to be missed.  The details are as follows:

Who: Cornelius Johnson III, Luther Lewis III, Henry Pleas III

What: Tremendous Tenors: Black Excellence in Classical Music...a concert featuring three of Chicago's preeminent Black Tenors paying tribute in song to the work of Roland Hayes, Charles Holland, George Shirley, Steven Cole, Vinson Cole, Rodrick Dixon, Lawrence Brownlee, Issachah Savage, Russell Thomas, and Noah Stewart.

Maestro Leslie B. Dunner, Interim Artistic Director and Music Director of South Shore Opera Company, leads the singers and chamber orchestra in a diverse program including works by Mozart, Puccini, Wagner, Gershwin and Coleridge Taylor as well as traditional hymns and songs. Soprano Elizabeth Norman hosts the concert and welcomes operatic legend George Shirley with a special tribute.

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