This week, The Music Treasury is celebrating the life and works of mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry, on her 80th birthday.
An American opera singer, Grace Bumbry is considered one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation, and has been a major soprano for many years. She was a member of a pioneering generation of African-American opera and classical singers who followed Marian Anderson (including Leontyne Price, Martina Arroyo, Shirley Verrett and Reri Grist) in the world of classical music and paved the way for future African-American opera and concert singers. Bumbry’s voice was rich and sizable, possessing a wide range, and was capable of producing a very distinctive plangent tone.
Host Gary Lemco will be presenting a selection of her works, by composers Verdi, Handel, Gounod, Strauss, Wagner, Gluck, Schubert, and Bizet. The show can be heard this Sunday, 11 Feb 2018, on the host radio station at Stanford University, KZSU, from 19:00 to 21:00 PST, as well as concurrent streaming on the Internet at kzsu.stanford.edu.