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International performing artist in concert

March 28, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
The community is invited to join the University of Pikeville for a concert featuring distinguished American tenor Roderick George on Thursday, April 6, at 6 p.m., in Booth Auditorium.

George has garnered acclaim on the concert and opera stages throughout the United States and abroad. Regularly engaged as a soloist in major concert and oratorio works, his repertoire spans from Handel’s “Messiah” and Mozart’s “Requiem,” through Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” and Rossini’s “Stabat Mater,” to Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and contemporary works by Adolphus Hailstork and H. Leslie Adams.

“Roderick George is an artist of both technical and musical excellence,” said Phillip Westgate, D.M., associate professor of music at UPIKE. “His interpretation of art song repertoire is based on his complete understanding of his voice and the literature that he performs.”

He made his New York Lincoln Center debut as the tenor soloist in Handel’s “Messiah” with the National Chorale. Among his recent international engagements include performances throughout Russia with the Orpheus Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of the Krasnoyarsk State Opera and Ballet Theatre. As an advocate for the performance and preservation of the American Negro spiritual, George has recorded and toured extensively, including multiple tours of Europe and South America, as a regular soloist with the internationally acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble.

In addition to his performance endeavors, the Alabama native is a professor and coordinator of voice in the department of music at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. His credentials include a doctor of music degree in voice performance from The Florida State University College of Music and a master of music degree in opera and musical theater from the School of Music at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He received advanced training in opera at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

The concert is part of the university’s “Humanities on the Hill” celebration and is hosted by the division of humanities, department of music and experiential learning office.

The performance and lecture are free to the community. Everyone welcome. For more information, call (606) 218-5270.

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