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AMERICAN SINGERS (MOSTLY) OF RECENT VINTAGE
by
JEFFREY JOHNSON

 


FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019 (THE FIRST FRIDAY!)
TIME: 7:30P.M. SHARP!
PLACE: CHRIST CHURCH - THIRD FLOOR MEETING ROOM,
PARK AVENUE AND 60TH ST., N.Y.C.
$3.00 Admission at the Door + FREE to Members of the Society

It is our great pleasure to welcome a most distinguished new name to our list of presenters!

Jeffrey Johnson is Professor of Music at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. An active journalist and writer, he has written more than 350 classical music reviews and feature articles for The Hartford Courant, The Boston Globe, The Stamford Advocate and The Greenwich Time. He has published four acclaimed books on music theory and performance practice with Greenwood Press and Dover Publications. He is a frequent lecturer on opera at The Quick Center at Fairfield University, and is pre-concert lecturer for the Bridgeport Symphony. He has a doctoral degree in musical composition from Boston University, a Master of Music degree from Eastman School, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Ithaca College. He has been an on-air host on WMNR since 2015 (Sunday mornings, from 9am to noon), and is curator for Evening at the Opera, a legacy program run for 30 years by Doug Fox on Tuesday evenings. Jeff has been a member of the VRCS for almost exactly one year (well, nobody’s perfect).

His first program for the VRCS will be focused on American Singers, most of whom he knew. These will include Shirley Verrett, Jan DeGaetani, Lucy Shelton, and Phyllis Curtin. The program will also include some early recordings by Geraldine Farrar (released by the IRCC from his current hometown of Bridgeport, CT) and fascinating selections from the very first American Ballad Opera, written in 1776 but never performed. The music was lost, but Samuel Adler reconstructed it during the American Bicentennial. Professor Johnson studied with Adler, and also with Stephen Albert, whose music will also appear on the program.

Please join us to welcome our new and most distinguished presenter for his first outing at the VRCS!

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DATE: FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019 (THE FIRST FRIDAY!) TIME: 7:30PM SHARP
PLACE: CHRIST CHURCH THIRD FLOOR MEETING ROOM, 60TH ST. & PARK AVE., N.Y.C.

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