On Sunday, April 21, Roger Sherman will conduct the Choral Society’s performance of Mozart’s “Requiem” with orchestra at Orcas Center. The following weekend the chorus will present the same program at Seattle’s Saint Mark’s Cathedral.
The soloists for these two performances are established professionals with experience in opera and oratorio roles. Orcas Island’s own Sharon Abreu will be the soprano soloist. Before coming to Orcas, Abreu was based in New York where she sang lead roles in several Mozart operas.
Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Weld (who will sing the alto solos) is on the voice faculty of Western Washington University and has been featured on recordings with dozens of choirs. Seattle resident Neil Jordon was trained as a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge University and was a soloist at the Queen’s 70th Birthday Celebration concert. Jordon is also Microsoft’s chief strategist for Healthcare Provider initiatives.
Baritone Charles Robert Stephens sings a diverse repertoire including operas, oratorios, musical theatre and early music. After 20 years based in New York City, he has become a well-known soloist.