Monday, February 9, 2015

Sergio A. Mims: Robert Sims & Christopher Brooks: “Roland Hayes: The Legacy of an American Tenor” in Chicago Feb. 23, 6 PM Harold Washington Library Center

Roland Hayes: The Legacy of an American Tenor
Christopher A. Brooks and Robert Sims
Indiana University Press

Christopher A. Brooks and Robert Sims

On January 16, 2015 AfriClassical posted:

Sergio A. Mims writes:
Robert Sims and Christopher Brooks discuss their new book "Roland Hayes: The Legacy of an American Tenor". Performing in a country rife with racism and segregation, the tenor Roland Hayes was the first African American man to reach international fame as a concert performer, and his trailblazing career carved the way for a host of African American artists. This engaging biography spans the history of Hayes's life and career and the legacy he left behind as a musician and a champion of African American rights.

In addition to their discussion, Robert Sims will also perform selections of spirituals arranged by Roland Hayes.

Christopher A. Brooks is Professor of Anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Robert Sims is Professor of Voice in the School of Music at Northern Illinois University.

Seating in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium is available first come, first served, 385 max. Books may be purchased and the authors will sign books at the program's conclusion.

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