African American Concert Singers in San Francisco 1900-1968

Event has passed (Tue Feb 12, 2013 - Tue Feb 12, 2013)
The Old San Francisco Mint
7:30 pm
City, Museums, History Museum


In observance of Black History Month, Bill Doggett – founding member of African Americans for LA Opera – will present a program on AA singers in SF, complete with rare historical ephemera/recordings. Learn about the challenges faced by gifted black concert singers at the time of 1890s Jim Crow, and how SF became a welcoming destination for musicians, irrespective of race, plus the SF arts scene during the Pan Pacific Intl Expo,and the emergence of tenor Roland Hayes, the 1935 arrival of Maestro Pierre Monteux and contralto Marian Anderson, and SF Opera’s nurturing of important young AA singers, including Mattiwilda Dobbs, the first AA to perform in SF, and the great Leontyne Price, who made her debut in Aida and Tosca.

Parking available at the Fifth & Mission Street Garage.

Bring your friends and neighbors and introduce them to SFMHS and all we have to offer them!
Reservations not required.
For more information, visit the website:, or call (415) 537-1105.
Programs will be preceded by a 7pm reception.
SFMHS programs are free for members; $10 non-members.

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  1. The Old San Francisco Mint
    88 Fifth Street, San Francisco, CA