Marquita Raley, mezzo-soprano & Deah Harriott, piano

Friday, March 11, 2016, 11:00am & 7:30pm
Concerts are free and open to the public.
Doors open 30 minutes in advance of concert.

ARTISTS

Marquita Raley, mezzo-soprano
Deah L. Harriott, piano

PROGRAM - 11am

In Springtime (Shakespeare)
Betty Jackson King
(1928-1994)

Von ewige Liebe
Johannes Brahms
(1833-1897)

Watch and Pray
Undine Smith Moore
(1904-1989)

I’m a poor lil orphan in this world
Julia Perry
(1924-1979)

Come Down Angels (Trouble The Water)
Undine Smith Moore
>Anybody here that do love Jesus

Three Dream Portraits (Hughes)
Margaret Bonds
>Minstrel Man
>Dream Variation
>I, Too

My Dream (Hughes)
Margaret Bonds
(1913-1972)

Dry bones
Margaret Bonds
(1913-1972)

Song to the Dark Virgin (Hughes)
Florence B. Price
(1887-1953)

Lord I just can’t keep from cryin’
Margaret Bonds
(1913-1972)

Night (Hughes)
Florence B. Price
(1887-1953)

Free at Last
Julia Perry
(1924-1979)

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
Margaret Bonds
(1913-1972)

My soul’s been anchored in the Lord
Florence B. Price
(1887-1953)

 

PROGRAM - 7:30pm

In Springtime (Shakespeare)
Betty Jackson King
(1928-1994)

Von ewige Liebe
Johannes Brahms
(1833-1897)

Watch and Pray
Undine Smith Moore
(1904-1989)

I’m a poor lil orphan in this world
Julia Perry
(1924-1979)

Come Down Angels (Trouble The Water)
Undine Smith Moore
>Anybody here that do love Jesus

Three Dream Portraits (Hughes)
Margaret Bonds
(1913-1972)

>Minstrel Man
>Dream Variation
>I, Too

Intermission

My Dream (Hughes)
Margaret Bonds
(1913-1972)

Dry bones
Margaret Bonds
(1913-1972)

Song to the Dark Virgin (Hughes)
Florence B. Price
(1887-1953)

Lord I just can’t keep from cryin’
Margaret Bonds
(1913-1972)

Night (Hughes)
Florence B. Price
(1887-1953)

Free at Last
Julia Perry
(1924-1979)

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
Margaret Bonds
(1913-1972)

My soul’s been anchored in the Lord
Florence B. Price
(1887-1953)

BIOGRAPHY

Marquita Raley, mezzo-soprano

Washington D. C. native Marquita Raley’s rich, vibrant mezzo-soprano has been lauded and recognized around the globe. Ms. Raley has toured the United States, the Carribean, Germany, Austria, and Italy in a repertoire spanning the Baroque to 20thCentury Classical. Her operatic repertoire includes: Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), 3rd Lady (Die Zauberflöte, Anne (The Mother of Us All), Gianetta (L’elisir d’amore), Fountain Voice (Ainadamar), Martha (Iolanta), and Madame Flora (The Medium). As a soloist she has performed for former President of the United States William Jefferson Clinton, the late poet-laureate Dr. Maya Angelou, and prominent classical musicians including Denyce Graves, William Stone, Matthew Polenzani, Marilyn Horne, Suzanne Mentzer, Craig Rutenburg, and Stephen Lord. Ms. Raley completed residency at the Chautauqua Institute, and received degrees from The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Deah L. Harriott, piano

Although raised as a Cornhusker in Lincoln, Nebraska, Deah Lovelyn Harriott is a native of Buffalo, NY. Classically trained in piano from the age of three, Deah has been honored with numerous awards in the areas of teaching, singing, piano performance and directorship. Heralded as fostering an appreciation for cultural music throughout the state of Nebraska, Ms. Harriott is the recipient of the prestigious Mayor's Art Award, Cultural Celebration. Hailed as one of the youngest artists to receive a grant from the Nebraska Arts Council, Ms. Harriott toured throughout the Midwest with the gospel group Deah Harriott & Images. She is most recently a 2014 honoree and recipient of the Concerned Women of Brooklyn Inc.'s Outstanding Leadership Award where she was recognized for her contributions to the community of Brooklyn, NY.

Featured in Who's Who Among American Colleges & Universities, Deah Harriott graduated with a bachelor’s degree and numerous musical accolades in Music Education from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2000.

After graduating, Deah taught vocal music (pre. K-12) in the Dallas, Texas, Lincoln/Omaha, Nebraska and a variety of cities throughout the continental United States. Deah privately owned and successfully ran DH Music Studio, specializing in both piano and voice, with emphasis in vocal coaching and fine-tuning workshops both individually and chorally.

She has been blessed to visit most of the 50 states of America as well as tour South America and Europe, all because of the awesome power of music. She is the author of numerous published choral works, chamber, and various other genres of music. Deah has conducted everything from orchestras and brass bands to jazz ensembles and choirs. Ms. Harriott continues to come highly recommended by many as a clinician and adjudicator to numerous gospel/vocal music workshops and a variety of choral competitions.

Currently a proud resident of New York, NY, Deah is the minister of music at Bethany Baptist Church of Brooklyn, NY. Deah is an MD (music director) currently at 3 other NY-area churches as well. She is a sought after MD (music director) and accompanist specializing in piano and organ (Hammond and pipe), with focuses in classical, jazz, r&b and gospel music. Ms. Harriott is also a frequently requested background vocalist for various artists in the tri-state area, as well as a featured soloist, currently working on her debut solo EP slated for release in 2015.

One of her favorite accomplishments is conducting the Tony Award winning musical “The Wiz.” She is the director and founder of gospel music group Deah Harriott & Images for which she wrote and produced the studio project “Sacrifice.” The project is currently available online. As a result of her love of people, Deah will further her education as she pursues a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy through North Central University. Her passions include God, people, studio production, song writing and most importantly music ministry. Deah's joys in life are COOKING, LAUGHTER and LOVE. She is also the proud mother of two (canines), Jackson Thomas and Mr. Bentley James.