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100 years ago, the first Black performer sang at the Boston Symphony Orchestra

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Tomorrow will mark 100 years since tenor soloist Roland Hayes sang at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It was the first time a Black performer at appeared in front of the BSO.

On Sunday, the Cherry Street Music ensemble will mark that anniversary with a performance to honor Hayes. We learn more about his legacy and what it means for classical music today.

This segment aired on November 14, 2023.

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