Sergio A. Mims alerts us to the 90th birthday of Leontyne Price on February 10, 2017:
On Thursday, February 9, on the eve of her auspicious birthday, International House will present a 7 PM concert in a celebration of her music and spirit by rising young bass baritone Donovan Singletary, a recent resident there. Singletary, a graduate of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, will be joined by current International House residents. The program will include selections from "Porgy and Bess" and "Aida," as well as such personal favorites as the spiritual "I Will Overcome," "The Boy Next Door" from "Meet Me in St. Louis" (which Price enjoyed performing at resident recitals), and Samuel Barber's "Sure on This Shining Light."
The February 9 performance is the second of this year's new music performance series, Music at I-House: Then and Now. Tickets for the concert are priced at $30.00 in advance, $35.00 at the door (and $125.00 for VIP tickets) and are available HERE.
International House is located at 500 Riverside Drive in Manhattan. Proceeds from all performances support International House leadership programs and financial aid for deserving residents.
Leontyne Price, who became one of the first African Americans to perform in a lead at the Metropolitan Opera, while at International House worked at the front desk, and often gave impromptu recitals on Sunday afternoons in the Main Lounge, where the concert will take place. Ms. Price went on to serve on the International House Board of Trustees for more than 30 years and even gave a benefit concert at the House in 1992 to support resident programs.