Hometown and performing venue for Roland Hayes
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Sprinterman
N 34° 30.097 W 084° 57.432
16S E 687546 N 3819670
Quick Description: Roland Hayes a remarkable American born here and performed here.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 10/30/2007 7:26:36 PM
Waymark Code: WM2GGP
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Jeremy
Views: 33

Long Description:
Roland Hayes, the first internationally renowned African-American classical singer was born in Gordon County and performed at this site, the former Calhoun High School Auditorium. Hayes opened doors for African-American concert and opera performers and elevated Negro spirituals to the classical level, singing them in concert with operatic arias. He sang in seven languages. Hayes studied at Nashville's Fisk University and toured the United States, performing at Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall. His foreign tours included a command performance for King George V and Queen Mary at Buckingham Palace. At the height of his half-century career, Hayes was on of the word's highest paid singers. He made a number of recordings and published his music in the book "My Songs". In 1991 Roland Hayes was named to the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. On his 80th birthday, Hayes was honored with this tribute, " He is and ever was at once one voice, one race, one citizen, one triumph in belief, one compromise with nothing...he is a country to himself that borders not on nations whole or sundered, but on art, on life-on people prizing now and the nobility in man."
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