KCH's PASSING THE TORCH

featuring renowned tenor George Shirley
and rising mezzo-soprano Olivia Johnson

Sunday, Decmber 12th @ 7:30 PM


The Passing the Torch series is
made possible with support from the
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

Kerrytown Concert House concludes the Fall/Winter edition of Passing the Torch with a presentation that pairs world-renowned tenor and National Medal of Arts recipient, George Shirley, with rising mezzo-soprano, Olivia Johnson.

George Shirley has won international acclaim for his performances in the world’s great opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera, Deutsche Oper, and more. Shirley was the first African-American to be appointed to a high school teaching post in music in Detroit, the first African-American member of the United States Army Chorus in Washington, D.C., and the first African-American tenor and second African-American male to sing leading roles with the Metropolitan Opera, where he remained for eleven years.

Olivia Johnson is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned a Master’s degree while studying under George Shirley. She has performed with the Michigan Opera Theatre, Rackham Choir, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Shirley and Johnson will perform classic and new works for voice, shed light on their respective careers, and discuss the deep significance of intergenerational relationships in music. We hope you’ll join us as we continue to connect area master musicians with young, promising artists through this community mentorship project, made possible with support from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation!

Can’t join us inside the House? Click the button below to watch the free livestream of this performance at showtime. (Free livestreams are only available this season during the actual showtime.)

COVID-19 Safety Policy for Indoor Concerts

  • Moving forward, all patrons and artists who wish to attend or present performances indoors at KCH must provide a valid, complete COVID-19 vaccination card OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed within the previous 72 hours prior to entry. Such proof must be presented at concert check-in, may be displayed on a smartphone OR presented as a physical copy, and must also be accompanied by a matching, valid ID for verification.**
  • Additionally, according to current CDC recommendations, masks are required for audiences inside the House and can only be removed when seated with a beverage (when available). When performing, artists may wear a mask, or not, at their own discretion.

**Proof of vaccination exceptions will be made for children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious beliefs that prevent vaccination.  These guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours prior to entry.