The African American Concert Singer in San Francisco 1900-62
San Francisco Public Library: Main Library
San Francisco, California
Sponsored by The African American Center of The San Francisco Main Library with a closing reception co-sponsored by The Bay Area Paul Robeson Centennial Committee, this well received exhibition documented and explored the underknown important history of The San Francisco Bay Area for African American Concert and Opera Singers from the turn of the 20th Century through the early 1960s.
The exhibition spotlighted the important story of 1930s-50s San Francisco Opera Concert Manager, Paul Posz’ stewardship in nurturing the careers of aspiring and established African American concert and opera singers.
Posz’ stewardship combined with the concurrent leadership of San Francisco Opera General Directors, Gaetano Merola, Kurt Herbert Adler and San Francisco Symphony Conductor, Pierre Monteux during the 1940s and 1950s ushered in a golden age which embraced and fostered the careers of promising young singers such as Mattiwilda Dobbs, Leontyne Price, the late Shirley Verrett and Leona Mitchell.
This was the inaugural exhibition which I curated and wrote exhibition text for.
The exhibition was a showcase exclusively of artifacts from my Performing Arts Archive.
A related showcase lecture with 100 power point images was given in February 2012 at The University of California Irvine, Claire Trevor School of The Arts during African American Art Song Alliance Conference. The lecture and the exhibition travel and can be configured for a loan to specific requests.
A highlight reel of The University of California Irvine Claire Trevor School of The Arts lecture is below.
In late August 2015, The San Francisco Historical Society and Museum published my notable treatise on the subject in their much lauded Journal, The Argonaut. To purchase the digital edition, use the Contact Us link to contact me.