‘Juneteenth’ concert to commemorate end to slavery in U.S.

  • Local pianist Julia Bady and Metropolitan Opera tenor Irwin Reese will perform at the Memorial Hall Museum on Sunday, June 17. Contributed photo

Recorder Staff
Monday, June 11, 2018

The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association will commemorate “Juneteenth” with a concert by nationally known and local musicians on Sunday, June 17.

Juneteeth, celebrated in many black communities, commemorates the June 19, 1865 end to slavery in the United States. The PVMA show will be held in Memorial Hall Museum’s music room at 3 p.m.

Metropolitan Opera tenor Irwin Reese will join local pianist Julia Bady in a concert of songs spanning many centuries, from the Renaissance to African-American art songs of the 20th century, as well as toe-tapping songs from Broadway shows and soulful spirituals.

Reese was a member of the chorus of the Metropolitan Opera for 23 years. He has also performed on international and national tours of Porgy and Bess with Houston Grand Opera. For the world premier of “X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X,” Reese sang with the New York City Opera.

Bady is a concert pianist and piano teacher based in Greenfield. She performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the New York/New England region and has had recordings of her performances featured on classical radio stations WCRB in Boston and WFCR in Amherst.

Admission to the concert is $10. For more information, call Memorial Hall Museum at 413-774-3768, ext. 800.