Crane tenor in concert Saturday evening at SUNY Potsdam
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 2:36 pm

POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music will present a concert featuring Dr. Lonel Woods, tenor, on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sara M. Snell Music Theater.

The performance will include works by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell. Woods will lead a community sing-a-long, to help commemorate Black History Month and celebrate the oral tradition of the African-American culture.

The sing-a-long will feature the music, as composed and/or arranged by Barnwell, of the internationally acclaimed African-American a cappella vocal ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Woods 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 the Oakland Choral Society; the Third Jew in "Salomé" with Toledo Opera; Giuseppe in "La Traviata" with Michigan Opera Theatre; in concert with Detroit Symphony Orchestra; 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 Bohème," all with Michigan Opera Theatre, and Lord Cecil in Donizetti's "Roberto Deveraux" and Federico in Verdi's "Stiffelio," both with Washington Concert Opera. Woods has also 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." Woods has served on the faculty of Spring Arbor University, Georgetown Day School and Aurora Public Schools.

Woods has professional affiliations with the American Guild of Musical Artists, the National Association of Teachers of Singing and New York State School Music Association.

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