Roderick performs his program, "Poetry in Song: Celebrating the Legacy of Langston Hughes" with Laurie Middaugh (piano) and Lori Ardovino (alto saxophone) at the University of Montevallo on Monday, November 4, 2019.
Left: Doug McConnell, composer
Above: Jackie Edwards Henry, pianist and Gail Levinsky, saxophonist
Roderick George was a featured guest artist in a concert titled “The Langston Cycles: A Musical Celebration of the Poetry of Langston Hughes” for the School of Music and Theatre at Heidelberg University in Ohio on Friday, March 15th. He performed “Langston’s Lot,” a song-cycle of seven settings for tenor voice, alto saxophone and piano on poetry of Hughes composed by Dr. Douglas McConnell, Heidelberg professor of composition and music theory. He was accompanied by Dr. Jackie Edwards Henry, professor of piano at Mississippi State University and Dr. Gail B. Levinsky, saxophonist and associate professor of music at Susquehanna University.
On February 16, 2019, Roderick George was the featured faculty tenor soloist, performing Moses Hogan's arrangement of I Want Jesus to Walk With Me with the University of Montevallo Concert Choir for their debut performance on the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. The performance was part of the Gotham Sings! Choral Festival and Ensemble Showcase presented by Sechrist Travel, LLC.
Roderick received favorable reviews from critics for his recent performances in the role of the Leader in Kurt Weill's LOST IN THE STARS with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis. Here's what the critics had to say:
"Tenor Roderick George sang commandingly as the Leader." (Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
"Roderick George shows a beautiful voice as the leader of the chorus..."
(Steve Callahan, Broadway World)
"Operatic voices are relatively few, but those are realized as exquisite musical instruments by the likes of Roderick George as Leader, the narrator of sorts for this tragic tale who opens the show with a strong resonance that carries throughout."
(Mark Bretz, Ladue News)
"George leads with confidence and his bright tenor is an anchor for the audience."
(Tina Farmer, KDHX Theater Reviews)
Photo credit: John Lamb
Roderick was the featured tenor soloist in a performance of Mozart "Requiem" with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, April 2019. Maestro Devin Patrick Hughes was the conductor.
Dr. Roderick George traveled to the United Kingdom and France with the University of Montevallo Concert Choir as the featured faculty soloist, May 12-23, 2019. Among the tour highlights was a performance at the world famous Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris (left).
Photo credit: Becky Halliday
Roderick George was the featured guest soloist for the annual National Day of Prayer event at the American Village in Montevallo, Alabama, May 10. James Spann, Chief Meteorologist for Birmingham's 33/40 was the keynote speaker.
Roderick returns to St. Louis this summer to perform the role of Leader in Kurt Weill's musical tragedy Lost in the Stars, based on Alan Paton's novel, Cry, the Beloved Country. Performances are August 17, 18, 24, and 25 during Union Avenue Opera's 2018 Festival Season.