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Longstanding VRCS friend Ed Tapper returns to us in May with an overdue program on a subject about which he is deeply interested and involved. Great Singers Around Boston: An Historical Survey will focus on renowned opera singers who were born and trained in the Boston area, as well as singers from elsewhere who made Boston their adopted home, spending the bulk of their careers entertaining local audiences. Some visited briefly, but became immensely popular in the Bay State, while others stayed on to teach voice at local schools and conservatories, passing on their art to future generations.
Born, raised and educated in Boston, Ed has taught Music History at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and also at Suffolk University, where he conducted a course entitled Music Around Boston. It dealt with the history of music in Massachusetts, focusing on the legendary figures of the citys musical past, as well as historic musical landmarks in Boston and throughout Massachusetts.
For over 20 years, Ed has been the owner of Orpheus, a retail store on Commonwealth Avenue specializing in operatic and classical music recordings, scores and historic memorabilia. During that time, he has culled several rare, unpublished recordings by fascinating local singers of the past. A large number of these one-of-a-kind documents, commercially unavailable in any form, will be featured on his program. Of course, the presentation will also include a number of great opera stars who divided their time between Boston and New York. Eds program promises to be an unusual and fascinating excursion into Bostons rich and varied vocal tradition.
This will be Ed Tappers twelfth program for the VRCS, and he has covered a wide range of topics dear to his heart, most recently two programs devoted entirely to The Great Romanian Vocal Tradition. All of his programs have been both unusual in subject and imaginative in execution, so we urge your attendance to find out what has been going on in Musical Boston over the last century or so that may have previously escaped your attention, as nothing escapes Eds attention!
FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2018 (THE SECOND
FRIDAY!) TIME: 7:45PM SHARP
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