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KCH’s Passing the Torch featuring renowned tenor George Shirley and rising mezzo-soprano Olivia Johnson

December 12, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

George Shirley and rising mezzo-soprano Olivia Johnson

Kerrytown Concert House concludes the Fall/Winter edition of Passing the Torch with a presentation that pairs world-renowned tenor and National Medal of Arts recipient, George Shirley, with rising mezzo-soprano, Olivia Johnson.

George Shirley has won international acclaim for his performances in the world’s great opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera, Deutsche Oper, and more. Shirley was the first African-American to be appointed to a high school teaching post in music in Detroit, the first African-American member of the United States Army Chorus in Washington, D.C., and the first African-American tenor and second African-American male to sing leading roles with the Metropolitan Opera, where he remained for eleven years.

Olivia Johnson is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned a Master’s degree while studying under George Shirley. She has performed with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Rackham Choir, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Shirley and Johnson will perform classic and new works for voice, shed light on their respective careers, and discuss the deep significance of intergenerational relationships in music. We hope you’ll join us as we continue to connect area master musicians with young, promising artists through this community mentorship project, made possible with support from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation!


December 12, 2021
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Kerrytown Concert House
415 N. 4th Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States
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