The Ordering of Moses

Saturday, May 4, 2024 • 7:30 p.m.
First Free Methodist Church (3200 3rd Ave W)

Harmonia Orchestra & Chorus
William White, conductor
Marques L.A. Garrett, conductor
Kimberly Jones, soprano
Cheryse McLeod Lewis, mezzo-soprano
Namarea Randolph-Yosea, tenor
Nicholas Davis, baritone
The Sound of the NorthwestElias Bullock, director


Program

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875—1912)
“La caprice de Nannette” from Petite suite de concert, Op. 77

Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)
Largo from Symphony No. 9, Op. 95

— intermission —

R. Nathaniel Dett (1882–1943)
The Ordering of Moses [Northwest premiere]


About the Concert

The Ordering of Moses is one of the truly great American oratorios, a richly scored work for soloists, choir and orchestra, built around African-American spirituals.


Guest Artists

Marques L.A. Garrett

A Virginia native, Marques L.A. Garrett is Associate Professor of Choral Studies at the University of North Texas. He earned his Ph.D. in Music Education (Choral Conducting) at Florida State University. Dr. Garrett is the founding artistic director of the Nebraska Festival Singers and has served as a guest conductor and clinician with numerous school, church, community and festival/honor choirs throughout the country. Possessing a versatile voice that performs both as a baritone and countertenor, Dr. Garrett has sung with several community, church and university groups as both a chorister and soloist, including the countertenor solos in the European premiere of Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo in Limerick, Ireland. Currently, he sings with the Festival Singers of Florida and Jason Max Ferdinand Singers. Dr. Garrett is an avid composer of choral and solo-vocal music whose compositions have been performed to acclaim by high-school all-state, collegiate and professional choirs, including Seraphic Fire and the Oakwood University Aeolians.


Kimberly Jones

Soprano Kimberly E. Jones is an alumna of the Ryan Opera Center with Lyric Opera of Chicago. Her performances with Lyric include Margru in the world premiere of Anthony Davis’ Amistad, Olga in Fedora, Princess Xenia in Boris Godunov, Pedro in Don Quichotte, and Despina in student matinee performances of Così fan tutte. She portrayed Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief with the Ryan Opera Center and appeared in Lyric’s “Opera in the Neighborhood,” including Rosina in The Barber of Seville and the title role of Cenerentola. She has also sung at Grant Park as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Adele (Die Fledermaus), and on WFMT’s Live from Studio One. Outside of Chicago, she has sung Clara in Houston Grand Opera’s international production of Porgy and Bess, for which she was nominated for an NAACP Award for Best Supporting Actress. Ms. Jones soloed in Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 5 at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig under the direction of Dennis Russell Davies, and was one of four Ryan Opera Center artists showcased in a series of concerts at the Châtelet in Paris. She captivated audiences in her Alice Tully Hall debut with the Little Orchestra Society and appeared with Leon Williams at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center for an evening of Porgy and Bess solos and duets. The recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Jones is on the voice faculty at Roosevelt and DePaul Universities.


Cheryse McLeod Lewis

Mezzo-soprano Cheryse McLeod Lewis, a native of Greensboro, North Carolina, enjoys a diverse career in opera, musical theater, concert, commercial, print and voiceover. She made her Spoleto Festival USA debut in 2022 as The Mother (Fatima) in the world-premiere production of Omar (an opera by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels that won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize in Music), a role that she reprised at Carolina Performing Arts in February 2023. Other recent role highlights include Bess Understudy/Ensemble Swing in the first National Broadway Tour of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Girlfriend 3/Congregant 3 in Blue (Seattle Opera); Carmen in Carmen (Asheville Lyric Opera, Capital Opera Raleigh), Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Asheville Lyric Opera, Mansfield Symphony, Central Georgia Opera Guild), Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Connecticut Opera, Greensboro Opera), The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Opera Carolina, Connecticut Opera), Cinderella’s Stepmother in Into the Woods (Village Theatre), and Annie in Porgy and Bess (Seattle Opera). On the concert stage, Ms. Lewis has appeared with Kirkland Choral Society, Eugene Concert Choir, Eastern Music Festival, Greensboro Symphony, Master Chorus Eastside and Greensboro Oratorio Society.


Namarea Randolph-Yosea

South Sudanese–American tenor Namarea Randolph-Yosea completed his Bachelor of Music at Western Washington University in 2019 and in 2022 earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Houston under the tutelage of Melanie Sonnenberg. On the concert stage, he was recently featured as soloist in Bach’s BWV 141 with the Mercury Chamber Orchestra, and in Adolphus Hailstork’s cantata I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes with Choral Arts Northwest. He has sung the Mozart Requiem with the WWU Symphony and Margaret Bonds’ The Ballad of the Brown King with Seattle Choral Company, as well as Bach’s Magnificat and the Evangelist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Kirkland Choral Society. On the operatic stage, Mr. Randolph-Yosea recently sang Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale with Union Avenue Opera, in which he wowed audiences with his “velvet smooth and sweet, sweet, sweet” instrument (Broadway World). He was selected for the 2023 Gerdine Young Artist program at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, singing the role of Cephus in Treemonisha, participated in the inaugural OTSL New Works Collective, performing the role of X in Madison Lodge, and was selected as an apprentice artist at Des Moines Metro Opera for its 50th anniversary season.


Nicholas Davis

Baritone Nicholas Davis recently made his role and company debut singing Marcello in Puccini’s La bohème and Leader in Weill’s Lost in the Stars with Annapolis Opera, and returned to Minnesota Opera for Paola Prestini’s Edward Tulane, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo. He debuted with Houston Grand Opera in the world premiere of Jeremy Beck’s Another City and sang the title role in Le nozze di Figaro with Knoxville Opera. For Volcano Productions in Toronto, he performed Ned in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha (in a production that will tour the United States in 2025). Mr. Davis has also performed at Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Michigan Opera Theater and Glimmerglass Opera. In concert, he appears this season as the baritone soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Eugene Concert Choir. He has previously performed with the Berkeley Symphony (as soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth), Jackson Symphony, Kentucky Symphony (as Abimélech in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila), Karlovy Vary Symphony, Fort Street Symphony (as bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah), National Theater of Prague Orchestra and Chicago Sinfonietta.