Gloria Rodriguez Kappel: A Life of Song and Friendship Celebrated
Six years ago – almost to the date - we shared a story about Milwaukee’s Romany Singers. In the 1940s and 50s they were a popular ensemble of teenage girls and young women.
We re-air the story in honor of the Romany’s founder – Gloria Rodriguez Kappel.
The Milwaukee native was a longtime vocal instructor at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
Kappel just celebrated her 100th birthday with some of her "girls."
The ones you heard are: Arla Liebsch, Audrey Sorenson, Estella Anderson and Mary Ann Beaumount.
A dozen Romany Singers still get together regularly.