The son of former slaves, Roland Hayes (1887-1976) was the first African-American man to gain fame as a classical singer throughout the world. In 1917 after hiring Symphony Hall in Boston at his own expense Hayes went on to tour Europe many times and received a command performance from King George V and Queen Mary.
Acclaimed American counter-tenor Michael Harper will discuss Hayes's career, recordings and place in musical history.
Part of Black History Month, a time when we highlight and celebrate the achievements of the black community and uncover hidden history about our communities.
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