The Herald has a wonderful article about the concert. Here is one quote:
“'Look at me. I’m a Californian, African-American former opera singer who decided to devote himself to music of a Jewish opera singer from the Ukraine who was born at the end of the 19th century,' said Russell. 'It all may seem rather highly unlikely, but it’s ultimately a testament to the power and beauty of Jewish music.'”
Read the entire article.