Last month saw the passing of Gerald Perman, the generous and unfailingly gracious music lover who did so much for the arts in my hometown. I fondly recall many wonderful musical experiences in the early days of the Vocal Arts Society (including the solo DC debut of a soprano named Renée Fleming).
Tim Page on the legacy of this wonderful man:
Gerald Perman, a Washington psychiatrist who became a concert impresario in his late 60s when he founded the Vocal Arts Society, a group that presented celebrated and unknown singers in classical repertory from around the world, died April 11 at his home in Washington. He was 91.