Emancipation Proclamation: San Francisco and African American Concert Singers: In Paradisum 1880-2000 by Archivist/Historian, Bill Doggett
Published August 26th, 2015, THE ARGONAUT,
The Journal of The San Francisco Museum and Historical Society Volume 26, No.1, Summer 2015
This excellent 16 page Feature is filled with rare archival material from my Collection of African American Concert and Opera Singer History. The feature bespeaks a future larger book on the subject.
It is available in its digital form for $10.00
The hard copy version which includes additional major features on The San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper@150 years, San Francisco City Hall 1870-1906 and The 1950 Documentary Project in The Western Addition of San Francisco is available for $20.00
Read a sample here along with archival images that accompany.
Note, my narrative embraces the story of African American Concert Singers that extends beyond San Francisco.
It is also the story of Race and Race Relations in The Classical Performing Arts in New York City after World War II.
It is the story of Exile Emigre Jewish Artistic Director and General Manager of “The People’s Opera”-New York City Opera, Lazslo Halasz , who escaped Hitler’s Europe only because of the critical invitation/sponsorship of Arturo Toscanini to conduct in New York .
It is the story of progressive conductors Serge Koussevitsky, Eugene Ormandy, Fritz Reiner, Leopold Stokowski , Pierre Monteux fast forward to San Francisco Opera General Managers, Kurt Herbert Adler and Lotfi Mansouri who made it possible for the world to experience the gift to the classical performing arts and opera worlds embodied by African American Concert/Opera Singers.
To read more, purchase this 16 page Feature in digital format or the full hard copy here .