Norwood Village Green presenting the “In Memory of Dr Lonel Woods – 1967-2021” concert | County of Saint-Laurent

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NORWOOD – On Sunday, the Norwood Village Green Concert Series will feature a “In Memory of Dr. Lonel Woods — 1967-2021” concert. Dr Woods was Dean Emeritus of the Crane School of Music.

The artists will be Jordan Davidson, Crane 2012, Toni Zvgadlo, Crane 1973, Julie Welsh Miller, accompanist of Crane, and Shavon Lloyd, Crane 2019.

There will be a special departure time at 6:30 p.m. when the Carriage House String Quartet with Maggie McKenna, Crane 2011 and three faculty members from the Crane School of Music, Erin Brooks, Jennifer Kessler, Crane 1991 and Robert Docker perform the prelude of ‘opening. selections, The concert will start at 7 p.m.

The Norwood Village Green Concert Series was scheduled to present a double poster on Sunday with Jordan Davidson accompanied by Toni Zvgadlo and Lonel Woods accompanied by Julie Welsh Miller but Lonel Woods died on May 17, at the age of 53. He was going to perform American Spirituals and music by black American composers.

The concert then evolved into a memorial event with the guidance and assistance of accompanist Julie Welsh Miller. There will be few words spoken at this concert but there will be a lot of music in honor of the beloved friend of the community Lonel Woods.

Mr. Davidson holds a doctorate in musical arts from James Madison University. He worked under the tutelage of Grammy Award-winning Canadian baritone Kevin McMillan. He previously obtained a Masters of Music from JMU and a Bachelor of Music and Music Education from the Crane School of Music. Toni Zygadlo was her high school music teacher at Indian River Central School. Most recently, he was part of the singing faculty at the University of Virginia. He is currently the choir director at Brooke Point High School in Stafford County, Virginia.

Davidson’s performance highlights include performances with Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Lawrence Brownlee, Lisa Vroman, with Opera Saratoga, and the Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater. Last summer he made his debut with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival performing the role of Lysander in Benjamin Britten’s Shakespearean opera “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Tony Grieco Zygadlo graduated magna cum laude from the Crane School of Music. She retired after 35 years as a choir director and music coordinator at Indian River Central School. SUNY Potsdam’s Crane Alumni Board honored him with the Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Music Teaching Award. The prize is awarded each year to former students of music education in public schools who have demonstrated exemplary service in one of the fields of choral, instrumental or general music education.

Julie Welsh Miller has been teaching piano at the university level for thirty years. One of his main interests is to collaborate with other musicians; she gives 60 to 100 recitals per year. She has developed an extensive repertoire by performing for students, colleagues and guest artists.

Miller graduated in piano from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Illinois. She graduated from OU with highest honors and was the Outstanding Senior of the College of Fine Arts. She completed graduate studies at Michigan State University and the University of Southern California. She has taught at Henderson State University, Ouachita Baptist University, McNeese State University, and SUNY Potsdam.

Shavon Lloyd is an award-winning professional baritone, conductor, educator and composer. As a recent graduate of SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, Class of 2019. Lloyd has had the opportunity to perform for a wide range of audiences and compose for many ensembles from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to professional groups. . His works have won numerous competitions, including the New Music for New York Competition by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble based in New York, the 18th Street Singers ‘Composition Competition based in Washington DC, and the Orpheus Chamber Singers’ Composition Contest based in Dallas. , Texas.

While studying with Lonel Woods, Lloyd became a two-time winner of the CFLNY-NATS Singing Competition and performed alongside Lisa Vroman, Patti LuPone and Canadian Brass. Also in Crane, under the direction of Maestros Duain Wolfe and Kent Tritle, Shavon has performed solos with the Crane Chorus and the Crane Symphony Orchestra in “Serenade to Music” and “Mass in C Major” by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart , respectively . Most recently, Lloyd won the Hal Leonard Musical Theater Singing Competition and the Grand Prize in the Classical Singer Singing Competition. Shavon currently resides in Watertown, where he conducts the choir at Indian River High School in Philadelphia.

Miller, Lloyd, and Lonel Woods have collaborated on projects together in the past.

The series is supported in part by the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature as well as many individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations.

There is no fixed fee, but there is a “pass the bucket”. The concert starts at 7 p.m.

For more information, see the series website: nvgcs.org or call 315-353-2437 or 315-261-2866.

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