“Porgy and Bess” at Howland Public Library

BEACON – On Thursday, February 25th at 1pm, join Tanisha Mitchell for a virtual talk, hosted by the Howland Public Library, about George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” that includes Ms. Mitchell performing in a pre-recorded aria. This folk opera continues to cast an indelible impression on black culture and the opera world. In this singing talk, Ms. Mitchell will explore the history behind the opera and play and perform a memorable selection from the legendary production. The audience will also discuss the poignant question: Is Porgy and Bess truly a black opera? This exciting, free, hour-long program is led by Ms. Tanisha Mitchell and is for adults and teens.

Email Adult Services Librarian, Alison Herrero, at adults@beaconlibrary.org for the Zoom invitation link.

Named a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal, Tanisha Mitchell is best known for her innovative work in the arts at the Metropolitan Opera and the Freeport Memorial Library. As a librarian, her curating and archival expertise in the Metropolitan Opera Music Library, which helped the institution discover rare, previously unknown, treasures that reflect its performance history. Ms. Mitchell is also the arts coordinator at the Freeport Memorial Library where she brings an invigorating perspective on classical music and opera programming.

The Howland Public Library is located at 313 Main Street, Beacon, NY. For more information, contact Alison Herrero, Adult Services Librarian at (845) 831-1134. To view all scheduled events at the Library, please go to www.beaconlibrary.org and click on Calendar.

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