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Singer Wilson-Toliver To Perform in Concert

Miles Wilson-Toliver

WHEELING — Bass-baritone Miles Wilson-Toliver is featured in the anniversary music series of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 1410 Chapline St., with a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday.

A free-will donation is accepted at the door. St. Matthew’s is accessible to wheelchairs from its 15th Street entrance.

Wilson-Toliver’s program at St. Matthew’s will include an abundance of selections from the Broadway, spiritual and opera repertoire. He will perform Burleigh’s classic settings of “Give Me Jesus,” “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” and “Stan’ Still, Jordan”; arias from Mozart and Wagner operas; and renditions from the Broadway and club stages selected from “Ragtime,” “Man of La Mancha”and Sinatra’s jazz standards. Parish music director Robert Troeger will accompany at the piano.

Previously, Wilson-Toliver was heard in Wheeling in 2016 as the the bass soloist at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church’s and West Liberty University’s performance of Mozart’s Requiem, under the direction of Scott Glysson.

In 2017, he joined the lineup at St. Matthew’s Independence Day Extravaganza which included a memorable duet performance with tenor Edward Washington of “Au fond du temple saint” from Bizet’s opera, “The Pearl Fishers.”

Wilson-Toliver created the role of City in the new jazz opera, “A Gathering of Sons,” which premiered in 2017 in Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s 40th season.

Earlier in 2016, he proved his versatility as an actor and singer while appearing in Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s productions of “Carmen the Gypsy” (Le Dancaire), “The Silent Woman” (chorus) and “Kiss Me, Kate” (Bill Calhoun). In the ensuing months, he proved the same flexibility and versatility in singing the old and the new in a concert tour of African-American spirituals.

Wilson-Toliver is a 2017 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in vocal performance in the studio of renowned baritone Daniel Teadt. He pursued and completed graduate study in music in May at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

He is in high demand as a solo vocalist, stage performer and instructor in voice. He will begin an academic position at Xavier University this fall.

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