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Cheryse McLeod Lewis presents Then Sings My Soul

Cheryse McLeod Lewis brings her entertaining solo show Then Sings My Soul to the Concert Hall of the McIntyre Music Building at Central Washington University on Friday February 9that 7pm. This amazing concert is sure to satisfy the soul with a program that showcases uplifting and inspirational American music including Broadway, jazz, spirituals, and American art song!

Cheryse McLeod Lewis is an award-winning performing artist who has created a uniquely diverse performance career. Trained as a classical singer, Ms. Lewis is an accomplished performer in opera, concert, recital, and Broadway. Ms. Lewis has performed on the 1st National Broadway Tour of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess as Understudy Bess and Ensemble Swing. While on tour, she appeared in the title role (Bess) numerous times to critical acclaim. 

During the 2017-2018 season, Ms. Lewis will make her Seattle Opera solo debut singing the role of Annie in Porgy and Bess and her Village Theatre debut singing Cinderella’s Stepmother in Into the Woods. Some of her past principal roles include the title role in Carmen (Capital Opera Raleigh; Asheville Lyric Opera); Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia (Asheville Lyric Opera, Mansfield Symphony, Central Georgia Opera Guild); Hansel in Hansel and Gretel (Connecticut Opera; Greensboro Opera); The Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Opera Carolina; Connecticut Opera); Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus (Vashon Opera; Greensboro Opera); Flora in La Traviata (Piedmont Opera); the Page in Salome (The Opera Company of NC; Connecticut Opera); and Papagena in The Magic Flute (Houston Ebony Opera).

Ms. Lewis also appears in concert and recital to rave reviews and has performed as a soloist with Orchestra Seattle, Boise Philharmonic, Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Eugene Concert Choir, Kirkland Choral Society, Philharmonia Northwest, Gettysburg Festival, Eastern Music Festival, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony, New Britain (CT) Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, MOJA Festival, and Greensboro Oratorio Society.

Each and every Then Sings My Soul performance has its own unique character.  Ellensburg audience members can expect to hear such popular tunes as “Ride On, King Jesus,” “The Impossible Dream” (The Man of La Mancha), “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (Carousel), and Lee Hoiby’s stirring musical setting of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.  CWU’s very own Chamber Choir will also join Ms. Lewis at the end of the program to perform two spirituals. Cheryse McLeod Lewis enjoys interacting with the audience from the stage and narrates the concert with interesting anecdotes throughout the evening.

Admission is free for this event which is part of the Guest Artist’s Series supported by the CWU Music Department.

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