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Harlem Honors the Late Legendary Soprano Shirley Verrett

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New York City based musician Courtney Carey shares with Patrick D. McCoy. "The African-American Voice in Classical Music" exciting details about a special tribute concert held in memory of the late soprano Shirley Verrett. Ms. Verrett passed away on November 5, 2011. Her loss is tremendous, as she was one of the greats from the post-war era. This special concert, which will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church, is at present one of two in the country in her honor. The concert will include special spoken tributes by legendary mezzo soprano Hilda Harris, her accompanist for 40 years, Warren Wilson, co-author of her autobiography Christopher Brooks, and written tributes by Martina Arroyo and Leontyne Price, a special memorial chorus, soprano Janinah Burnett (Spelman c/o 2000), mezzo sopranos J'nai Bridges, Lucia Bradford-Wiggins, and a video montage which will feature clips of Miss Verrett and some never before seen photos. The evening will be emceed by another great mezzo soprano Barbara Conrad.