David Bispham program at Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace - Saturday, Sept. 11
If Italy is famous for its tenors and Russia is known for its basses, then America is celebrated for its baritones. A sterling tradition highlighted by luminaries like Lawrence Tibbett, Leonard Warren, Robert Merrill and stretching all the way back to legendary figures like Clarence Whitehill and David Bispham at the turn of the 20th Century, the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace in lower Manhattan may afford us an opportunity to hear a new star in that distinguished line. Jimi James has received accolades in an enormous repertoire that stretches from Mozart to Verdi to verismo to the French repertoire and also the German Lied. It is only fitting, then, that Jimi James be featured in a celebration of David Bispham, the first in this notable tradition. For a number of listeners lucky enough to have heard James sing, Verdi is his truest metier. But his Mozart has also been highly praised and readers can sample it here.
Saturday, September 11th at 2 pm
American Landmarks Festival
A Musical Homage to
Theodore Roosevelt, David Bispham
and Pablo Casals
operatic baritone Jimi James
pianist/composer Roger Steptoe
cellist Andrew Yee
repertoire of Casals and Bispham ("TR's Favorite Baritone")
the New York City premiere of Steptoe's Sonatine II for Cello and Piano
Debussy's great Cello Sonata composed in 1915
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
28 East 20th Street, between Park and Broadway in Manhattan
Telephone 212-260-1616 for further information.