Recitals

BSR sponsors a regular recital series that showcases local singers and serves to promote art song and the recital format in the community. Over the last 6 years, more than 50 singers have been showcased in recitals built around specific themes:

  • Celebration of American Song: A Retrospective Recital Honoring Beverly Soll
  • The Gift of Song: Voices of Black America (featuring the late, great artist, Robert Honeysucker)
  • A Musical Tribute to Leonard Bernstein
  • A Musical Portrait of Emily Dickenson
  • All Music, All Delight: A Tribute to John Duke
  • Songs of the Sea

Past Recitals

Barbara Quintiliani
Taylor House Bed and Breakfast, Boston, Massachusetts

Join BSR for a special evening of music and cheer as we celebrate our new website and the campaign that made it possible. BSR board and staff will entertain you with a set of vocal music favorites, and soprano Barbara Quintiliani will be our special guest with her husband Stewart Schroeder at the piano. 

In addition to Ms. Quintiliani, performers will include Keith Eric Brinkley, Margaret Felice, Fran Rogers, and Jonathan Saxton. The celebration begins at 6:00 pm, and the music starts with a musical toast at 6:30. 

Celebration of American Song

A five-season retrospective recital of American art song, honoring outgoing Board Member and recital series artistic director Beverly Soll. The recital featured past BSR recital performers with Beverly Soll at the piano. Thanks to John Archer of Danvers for hosting the recital at his lovely home.

The Gift of Song poster
The First Church in Swampscott, Swampscott, Massachusetts

A unique celebration of the music and poetry of our African American heritage. In addition to the body of well-known spirituals, there is a wealth of powerful but little known poetry and music by African Americans whose lives span 1866 to the present. On this recital you will hear the “voices” of 15 composers and 15 poets, male and female. We will begin and end with songs of recently freed slaves as presented to the world by the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University in the years immediately after the American Civil War.