Colton's Zion Episcopal hosts singer Lonel Woods Friday
COLTON – Zion Episcopal Church’s Fall into Christmas series concludes with a Christmas concert given by Lonel Woods Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
Woods adds his wonderful voice and his great stage presence to the wide ranging kinds of programming this concert series has offered for the Christmas season. He will be accompanied by Julie Miller.Woods (Tenor) is an active performer of opera, oratorio and musical theatre. He has performed with The Michigan Opera Theater, The Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Toledo Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Chamber Opera Chicago and Houston Grand Opera.
His recent performances include: Obadiah/Ahab/Tenor soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah with Oakland Choral Society; The Third Jew in Salome with Toledo Opera; Giuseppe in La Traviata with Michigan Opera Theatre; in concert with Detroit Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Sir Roger Norrington; Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi with The Blue Lake Opera Company; Alfredo in La Traviata with Bay View Music Festival; Mingo in Porgy and Bess, The Messenger in Verdi's Aïda and Parpignol in Puccini's La Bohéme with Michigan Opera Theatre; Lord Cecil in Donizetti's Roberto Deveraux, and Federico in Verdi's Stiffelio, with Washington Concert Opera; and has performed the roles of Atilano in Dona Frañcisquita and The Second Duelsman, in Dangerous Liaisons with The Washington National Opera.
He also performed, on Broadway and National tour, in Hal Prince's Tony Award winning revival of Showboat. In 2010 he performed in the cast of the Crane Opera Ensemble’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town.
In November of 2011 Dr. Woods returned to the cast of the Crane Opera Ensemble and performed as Balthazar in its production of Gian Carlo Minotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and he was soloist for the Crane Candlelight Concerts on December 4.
Woods is an Assistant Professor of Voice at The Crane School of Music. He graduated from DePaul University, with a degree in Music Education, received a Master's of Music from Catholic University of America with an emphasis in vocal pedagogy and received a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan.
Julie Welsh Miller has been teaching piano at the university level for over two decades, and her former students now teach at every level from elementary to university. While she is a frequent soloist, one of her principal interests throughout her career has been collaborating with other performers, giving 60-100 performances every year.
She has developed an extensive repertoire by playing for students, which has served her well in partnerships with colleagues and guest artists.
She has performed in innumerable faculty recitals, and specializes in preparing music for guest artists, involving quick turnaround and little rehearsal time.
She is currently an adjunct instructor of piano at the Crane School of Music.
Zion’s Fall into Christmas series purpose is to enhance community social activities and to benefit community projects. There is no admission charge. There will be an opportunity afforded to donate to the Colton Neighborhood Center.
Zion Episcopal Church is located at 91 Main Street, across from the Hepburn Library in Colton. A reception will follow in the church undercroft.