Take Me Out to the Opera @ The DPL, Presented with the Detroit Tigers

November 1, 2017, 5:00-8:00 p.m., presentation at 6:30 p.m., Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit

Join us and the Detroit Tigers for a memorable evening of history, insightful perspectives, and performances that honor our Detroit heritage. The event will showcase the significance of the Detroit Stars Negro Leagues baseball team and the Detroit Negro Civic Opera Company in setting the stage for cultural change. These organizations provided much-needed opportunities for talented individuals in sports and arts who would go on to break barriers and enable future generations to fulfill their dreams. The event is part of National Opera Week with a theme of celebrating diversity in the arts.

Featured guests include:

  • Ron Teasley, a former Negro Leagues baseball player who played for the New York Cubans. He was also among the first Black players to sign with the Major Leagues and played for the Olean (NY) Oilers of the PONY (Pennsylvania-Ontario-New York) League, breaking the color barrier in the Class D circuit.
  • George Shirley, the first African-American tenor to perform a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera. He is also a former singer with the Detroit Negro Civic Opera Company.

The Ernie Harwell and E. Azalia Hackley collections from the Detroit Public Library will be on view.

Take Me Out to the Opera is a year-long educational and community outreach program that celebrates the stories of groundbreaking African-American artists and athletes who paved the way for integration in their fields. It culminates with Michigan Opera Theatre’s May production of Daniel Sonenberg’s The Summer King, an opera about Negro Leagues baseball legend Josh Gibson, considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

Space for this event is limited.

Free parking available in the Employee Lot off Putnam between Cass and Woodward. Entrance & Drop-off location for the physically-disabled via the horseshoe driveway on Cass.



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