Mass. Eye and Ear Celebrates World Voice Week with Power of the Voice Event

April 01, 2014

Special guests include WEEI's Gerry Callahan, Comedian Norm Crosby, Former Lead Singer of The Rivingtons Virgil Gibson, Verdi Soprano Barbara Quintiliani and Guitarist Chad Stokes

Contact: Mary Leach

BOSTON (April 1, 2014) -- Preserving and restoring voices to help people fully sense and experience life has been a Massachusetts Eye and Ear tradition for more than a century. Now Mass. Eye and Ear is celebrating the Power of Voice with a free evening of entertainment and education at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 to mark World Voice Week in Massachusetts. The free event will be held at Mass. Eye and Ear’s main campus, 243 Charles Street in Boston.

Special guests include Gerry Callahan, throat cancer survivor and host of the Dennis and Callahan Show on WEEI sports radio; Francis Carroll, a Mass. Eye and Ear Trustee, throat cancer survivor, laryngectomee and back-up singer; Norm Crosby, comedian, actor and writer, known for The Comedy Shop (1978), Tom Jones: In Concert (1971) and Eight Crazy Nights (2002); Virgil Gibson, former lead singer of the Rivingtons, known for the Billboard hit “Papa Oom Mow Mow,” Barbara Quintiliani, critically acclaimed Verdi soprano, and Charles Stokes Urmstron, musician with State Radio.

Other special guests, including people whose voices have been cared for by Ramon Franco, M.D., will share their talent and stories at this event. “We planned this event because we believe in the power of the voice – whether you are a professional singer, teacher or just someone who speaks,” said Dr. Franco, Assistant Professor of Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School, Director of the Division of Larynogology at Mass. Eye and Ear and Medical Director of the Mass. Eye and Ear Voice and Speech Laboratory.

Mr. Carroll, who has regained a voice thanks to medical innovation, is the brainchild behind this event, as well as the 2012 bill S. 2107, An Act Designating World Voice Week. “Mass. Eye and Ear is dedicated to treating disorders of the throat, voice box and upper airway. There is no more fitting place to hold this event which we hope will both entertain and raise awareness of this important sense.”

All are welcome to this free, inspiring program to celebrate the gift of voice. Seating is limited, so reserve today by calling 1-800-343-0939 ext. 0234. For more information, visit