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

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 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.