Dean Santos Musical Celebration
Join us via Zoom for a celebration of the music of Dean Santos on the afternoon of April 11. No long speeches, just the music that Dean loved to sing, plus a couple of surprises.
Dean was a vital part of Golden Link, loving to sing and to have people adding their voices and their harmonies to the chosen song. As Education Chair for many years, he brought a breadth of topics to the club, most notably his workshops on Not Ready For Primetime...Yet that served to get people past their nervousness about singing in a larger group setting, and Harmony Singing that culminated with a performance at a Fifth Tuesday Member’s Concert.
Dean’s day job was at NTID at RIT, in the Social Work Program, inspiring many classes of hearing impaired students to excel in that field. The concert will have sign language interpreters in honor of this part of Dean’s life.
Dean also was a co-founder of Hull House Revival, singing songs of social justice to celebrate the work of Jane Adams, the founder of the original Hull House. Several of the original members will present songs.
Dean was active in the choir of the Church of the Transfiguration, and they are presenting a hymn, with pictures from Dean’s life shown over the music. (Dean as a Viking? Well he was from Minnesota.)
Dean was a gifted songwriter, of both funny and inspiring songs. We will be sure to sing some of his songs. There will also be tribute songs written by family members, as well as a tribute poem written by Beth Ely Sleboda.
With vaccinations having rolled out, a group of performers will meet in person in order to sing on the choruses and add harmonies. Included are Dana Fine, Val Fowler, Vern Lindberg, David Russell, Niki Roosa, Sarva, and Dave Shaver.