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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Singing Schubert, Hearing Race: Black Concert Singers and the German Lied in Interwar Central Europe

Lecture | November 21 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Kira Thurman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

 Institute of European Studies, Center for German and European Studies, Department of History, Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington

Kira Thurman explores the rise in popularity of African American classical musicians in interwar Germany and Austria. Singing Lieder by Schubert, Brahms, and others, they challenged audiences’ expectations of what a black performer looked and sounded like in the transatlantic “jazz age.” Audiences labeled singers such as Marian Anderson and Roland Hayes “negroes with white souls,” and marveled at...   More >

Kira Thurman