Tenor Scott Williamson, music and program director at Temple Emanuel and a Fulbright Scholar, will give a concert featuring war-inspired songs by the English composer Benjamin Britten and selections from American musical theater, including SOUTH PACIFIC and THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Williamson will spend the 2019-20 season as a guest artist on the faculty of West University in Romania. General and Artistic Director of Opera Roanoke from 2010-2018, he created their Apprentice Artist program and produced notable company premieres, from Handel and Wagner to Rodgers and Hammerstein. A
n internationally recognized tenor, the Times of London called his debut at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, “brilliant.” His work has been praised in The New York imes and Sun, Opera News, and The Washington Post. His performances of Mendelssohn and Dallapiccola with the American Symphony Orchestra are available on iTunes.
His “Night by Silent Sailing Night: A Performance of John Cage’s STEPS: A Composition for a Painting,” was acclaimed upon its creation at the Taubman Museum of Art where he is guest curator in music. Dr. Williamson serves on the faculties of Hollins and Washington and Lee Universities, and is music and program director at Roanoke’s Temple Emanuel. His poetry has appeared in Atlanta Review and Tupelo Quarterly.
The program will be accompanied by projections. Thanks in part to support from The Roanoke Valley Veterans Council and the Thursday Morning Music Club, there is no admission charge.
Depending on schedules, interviews with Dr. Williamson may be arranged on request. South Roanoke Church is handicapped accessible, and street parking is available.