Thy Will Be Done: An Easter Oratorio
April 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thy Will Be Done, a ninety-minute Easter oratorio by Lexingtonian and preeminent female composer Angela Rice, tells the story of the life, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Now in its ninth season, Thy will Be Done returns to Kentucky with new music for local audiences.
“The production is an amazing combination of Kentucky talents and world-class performers,” said Everett McCorvey, whose National Chorale performed the work with Turay at New York’s Lincoln Center in 2018.
Featuring an incredible number of Kentucky artists: ninety classical musicians from the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra, one-hundred and twenty members of the Lexington Singers, and fourteen featured international opera soloists including Centre College’s Alltech Artist in Residence Gregory Turay; this performance will be a hallmark of the spring arts season in the Bluegrass.
“It’s been a humbling and transformative experience for me performing this role, as the music and the story has made an impact on the audience each and every year,” Turay has said.
Gregory Turay, Producer
in partnership with
Norton Center for the Arts,
The Lexington Singers, &
The Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra
Saturday, April 13
About Gregory Turay
A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions at the age of 21 and an alumnus of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists Development Program, Centre College’s Alltech Artist in Residence Gregory Turay made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Bringhella in Ariadne auf Naxos and has returned for many engagements.
Turay’s distinguished career is punctuated by his creation of the role Rodolpho in William Bolcom’s opera A View from the Bridge for the world premiere at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the ensuing recording of the original cast; numerous performances at the Metropolitan Opera; a televised gala honoring Seiji Ozawa of Haydn’s Creation with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of James Levine; and Saito Kinen Festival debut as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni under the baton of Seiji Ozawa.
Most recently, Turay has been heard with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring Act III of La Boheme under the direction of Robert Spano and with the Netherland Radio Orchestra for the rare performed Davide Penitente by Mozart.
An admired chamber recitalist, Turay has appeared under the auspices of the Marilyn Horne Foundation in New York and Palm Springs; the 92nd Street Y and Alice Tully Hall under the auspices of Young Concert Artists; and at the Edinburgh Festival, among other locations.
Other honors include the Richard Gaddes Award from the Opera Theatre of St. Louis; winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions; first prize in both the D’Angelo Young Artists and Catherine E. Pope Competitions; and the Orchestra New England Soloist Prize.
About Angela Rice and Thy Will Be Done
After years of studying voice and piano, teaching others, and tirelessly supporting the arts, Angela Rice decided to turn her considerable talents to composing. Her oratorio Thy Will be Done was hailed by Rich Copley, music critic for The Lexington Herald-Leader, as “sterling” and “an ideal hit in the church choir world.”
And audiences have been packing performances since the work for choir and soloists was first performed by The Bluegrass Opera. The work also received national attention when it was selected to be part of the Music Reading Session at the 2013 Montreat Presbyterian Music Conference in Montreat, N.C.
Since the debut during the 2012 Lenten season, Rice has expanded the work from a cantata of 16 musical numbers to the current oratorio of 30 pieces about Jesus’ life, ministry, crucifixion, resurrection and impact. “I’ve tried to use the music to depict the emotions of the characters in the specific biblical contexts,” said Rice. “I hope that as you listen you can hear the love, surrender, obedience, despair, humility and awe – emotions that the characters experienced.”
While Rice has composed in many genres, she is perhaps best known for her vocal music, which runs the gamut from soaring opera to children’s songs. A gifted singer and pianist from an early age, Rice studied piano under Robert Harris of the Julliard School, and voice at the New England Conservatory under Sahar Hassan after graduating from the University of Louisville.
She also formed a close collaboration with composer and UK professor Joseph Baber, who helped her orchestrate Thy Will be Done.