George Shirley is a national treasure. When he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama in September of this year, I felt so happy that his many years of national and international work as a tenor, professor, and mentor were rightfully being recognized on our national stage. The scholarship that bears his name is holding a fundraiser this Saturday, and I can think of a no better way to bring in the holidays. Countertenor Darryl Taylor has returned to Ann Arbor to perform, and will be singing my "From the Dark Tower," a setting of poetry by Countee Cullen, at the event. He will be joined by a host of wonderful musicians in what promises to be a festive evening. This fundraiser, called "A Heritage Holiday," celebrates not only the accomplishments of the iconic George Shirley, but the promise of those students who benefit from his scholarship and good works, making compelling art for future generations. Join in!
"Literacy in Music & Arts is one of your vital links to global citizenship!"
"Be sure to support the arts in *your* community!"