Steve Milloy will Guest Conduct at our Spring Concert “Rise Up!”
Rise Up! will feature the local premiere of “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” a 14-minute choral work in 7 movements composed by Joel Thompson and first performed by the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club in 2016. This powerful and emotional choral work is based on the final words of 7 black men who died at the hands of authority figures.
“Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” will be conducted by Special Guest Conductor Steve Milloy. Milloy is the Artistic Director of Cincinnati Men’s Chorus. He is also the Music Director of the Martin Luther King Coalition Chorale and Artistic Director of the DiverseCity Youth Chorus in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Milloy, performed the work in June of 2016.
“Ben was interested in bringing in a guest conductor for ‘Seven Last Words of the Unarmed’,” explains Executive Director Jeff Heine. “In my initial conversations with Jane, she echoed this interest in bringing in a guest conductor. We cannot wait for our audiences to hear this important choral work under Steve’s direction.”
A powerful, emotional piece for these challenging times, the work will be embraced by an equally inspiring songbook of music.
Steve Milloy is the Artistic Director of Cincinnati Men’s Chorus. He is also the Music director of the Martin Luther King Coalition Chorale and artistic director of the Diverse City Youth Chorus in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has spent over three decades coaching and directing singers in schools, churches, theaters, and concert stages across the midwestern United States. He has performed in many venues: theme parks, entertaining troops overseas, TV and radio, and singing with the acclaimed a cappella octet, Pieces of 8, in the United States and the United Kingdom. He has worked at the keyboard and/or on the podium with choruses and theater troupes in St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati.
With Dr. Charles Beale of the New York Gay Men’s Chorus he co-authored the books “Popular Voiceworks 1 and 2” for Oxford University Press and has just finished and premiered “The Man Behind the Dream,” a narrated choral work on the life of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, commissioned by Jane Ramseyer Miller and One Voice Mixed Chorus.
Milloy received a BA in Music from Miami University and a MM in conducting from the University of Cincinnati/ Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Rise Up! – March 23 and 24, 2018, 8pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall.
Tickets available online and by calling the UofM Tickets and Events Office at 612-624-2345.