IlluminArts and Oolite Arts present
Roscoè B. Thické III: Parables
April 16, 2022 @ 7 PM
The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse
Join us for the 4th annual collaboration between IlluminArts and Oolite Arts as we highlight the first solo show of Oolite Arts resident artist, Roscoè B. Thické III. Roscoè is a Photographer and Visual Artist born and raised in Miami, Florida. After graduating from Miami Norland Senior High school, Roscoè traveled the world to find his voice and to serve his country. These travels took him to diverse lands such as Jordan, Iraq, South Korea and El Paso, Texas. While traveling, Roscoè attended various colleges, studying art at every turn, including design and photography at Broward College. This service to his country combined with personal experiences gave Roscoè an appreciation for the present and a longing to document his surroundings through photography. Roscoè uses his photography and visual artistry to tell stories that invoke feelings and a sense of understanding in the viewer.
This musical and spoken word performance event will weave Roscoè's photography and stories together with music sung by “vocally sumptuous” (Chicago Tribune) soprano Whitney Morrison. Through storytelling developed and crafted by Roscoè and poet Arsimmer McCoy, this dramatic presentation will introduce audiences to Roscoè: Visual Artist, Veteran, Brother, Photographer, Father and Confidant. The musical program will feature works by Terence Blanchard, Jessie Montgomery, Nina Simone and more.
Roscoè B. Thické III
Roscoé B. Thickè III is a Photographer and Visual Artist born and raised in Miami Gardens, Florida. After graduating from Miami Norland Senior High school Roscoé traveled the world to find his voice and to serve his country. These travels took him to diverse lands such as the Jordan, Iraq, South Korea and El Paso, Texas. While traveling, Roscoé attended various colleges studying art at every turn to include design and photography at Broward College. The service to his country combined with personal experiences allowed Roscoé to see the world thru his own distorted yet divine point of view. Roscoe enjoys capturing the beauty in the mundane to present new perspectives to his audience. His goal now is to get the unique images and viewpoints out of his mind and into platforms to share with the world.
Rising star Whitney Morrison has earned praise for her “big, gleaming soprano” (Chicago Classical Review) and “vocally sumptuous” performances (Chicago Tribune). A Chicago native and recent alum of the Ryan Opera Center, Morrison champions the African American aesthetic in classical music, embracing a style of performance that blends classical singing technique with elements of the gospel singing tradition. Of her most recent performance in the LyricOpera of Chicago’s virtual concert, “Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter,” Opera News raved, “Whitney Morrison was simply astonishing in everything she sang...This is a voice we need to hear live.”
Morrison’s future engagements include 7 Deaths of Maria Callas with Marina Abramović at the Greek National Opera Athens, her debut with Michigan Opera Theatre as Louise/Betty in The life and Times of Malcolm X, and the cover for the role of Billie in Fire Shut up in My Bones with the Metropolitan Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She appeared earlier this season as Leonie Baker in the world premiere of Freedom Ride at Chicago Opera Theater, prompting The Wall Street Journal to declare, “One impassioned aria caught my ear: Leonie Baker (soprano Whitney Morrison)” and Classical Voice America to say, “the production’s big surprise was soprano Whitney Morrison, who nearly stole the show.”
A 2020 National Semifinalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, Morrison also counts among her many accolades first place in the National Classical Singer University Competition, top honors in the Musicians Club of Women Competition, selection as a finalist in the Luminarts Classical Music Competition and recipient of a She Shines Award from Girls Inc. of Chicago. Morrison is a two-time recipient of the UNCF John Lennon Endowed Scholarship and also trained at the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in Italy and the Neil Semer Vocal Institute in Germany.
Writer and Poet
International poet, educator, cultural worker, performance & collaborative artist, Arsimmer McCoy, is from Richmond Heights, Florida. McCoy’s work is shaped through conversations about identity, human connectivity, legacy, validation, and explorations of the city’s community threading. Arsimmer has been featured in RootWork Journal, Mixed Magazine, The Lighthouse Review, Creatures Mag, and Opal Literary. Her pieces have been published in Venice Magazine’s Power issue (2020) and Waterproof: Evidence of a Miami Worth Remembering, a collection of micro-elegies to Miami places. A commissioned piece through Bakehouse Art Complex (“Ode to Bakehouse” created with artist Chris Friday) is on view via a mural, on the building’s north-facing wall. Other commissioned work includes a poem/poetry performance in multi-disciplinary artist GeoVanna Gonzalez’s art film, How to: Look at you. The short film You can always come home, produced by Monica Sorelle & directed by Juancy Matos (for architect/artist Germane Barnes) includes a collective poem written by McCoy and Reginald O’neal, and premiered at the New Orleans Film festival in November of last year. Arsimmer was asked by the Perez Art Museum to co-curate an ekphrastic program, pairing poets with the PAMM collection to create new pieces, performed live, in the museum. McCoy creates workshops and her newest series “Make a Masterpiece of Me'', will be presented in collaboration with the Atlantic Center of the Performing Arts, (Co-curated with with creator Eve Payor, Dir. of Community programs), in New Smyrna Beach. Arsimmer is a 2022 AIRIE fellow, recipient of the 2021 Miami Foundation racial equity grant, Locust Project’s 2021 Wavemaker grant, and Oolite Arts Ellie Creator award winner. McCoy holds a BA in English from the historic Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, and is the Director of Programming for Bookleggers Library; a nonprofit mobile book store distributing and exchanging free literature, in Miami.
Grammy Award-winning pianist and arranger Craig Terry enjoys an international career regularly performing with the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. Currently, Terry serves as Music Director of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago, following eleven seasons at Lyric as Assistant Conductor. Previously, he was an Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera after joining its Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
Terry has performed with such esteemed vocalists as Jamie Barton, Stephanie Blythe, Christine Brewer, Lawrence Brownlee, Janai Brugger, Nicole Cabell, Sasha Cooke, Eric Cutler, Danielle de Niese, Joyce DiDonato, Renée Fleming, Christine Goerke, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Bryan Hymel, Brian Jagde, Quinn Kelsey, Kate Lindsey, Amanda Majeski, Ana María Martínez, Eric Owens, Ailyn Pérez, Nicholas Phan, Susanna Phillips, Luca Pisaroni, Patricia Racette, Hugh Russell, Bo Skovhus, Garrett Sorenson, Heidi Stober, Christian Van Horn and Laura Wilde. He has collaborated as a chamber musician with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchester, and the Pro Arte String Quartet. His performances have taken him to five continents and some of the greatest concert halls, festivals, and venues in the world.
Terry’s 2021-22 recital performance schedule includes more than thirty concerts in North America, Europe, and South America with artists including Christine Brewer, J’Nai Bridges, Janai Brugger, Lauren Decker, Joyce DiDonato, Christine Goerke, Will Liverman, Ana María Martínez, Latonia Moore, Whitney Morrison, David Portillo, Hugh Russell, Andreas Schager, Ann Toomey, Elza van den Heever, Michael Volle, and Laura Wilde. His discography includes “Diva on Detour” with Patricia Racette, “As Long As There Are Songs” with Stephanie Blythe, “Chanson d’Avril” with Nicole Cabell, and “French Horn Recital from 24 Preludes, Op. 11 - Alexander Scriabin” with Lyric principal horn Jonathan Boen. His latest recording project with Joyce DiDonato, “Songplay,” released by Warner Classics, received the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.
Terry has appeared on numerous television, radio, and streaming programs, including multiple appearances on both “Live from Lincoln Center” and “Great Performances” for PBS, as well as NPR’s “Tiny Desk” series. In May 2021, he was the pianist for the Metropolitan Opera’s “Wagnerian Stars Live in Concert,” transmitted from the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Nathaniel Taylor, an African-American/Filipino cellist, is establishing himself as a passionate and charismatic performer with a variety of solo, chamber, and orchestral music engagements. Nathaniel is the Grand Prize winner of the 2016 ASTA Masters Competition and the 2017 Boston Conservatory Concerto Competition, and has received fellowships at Tanglewood Music Center and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Nathaniel made his solo debut in 2016 with Jonathan McPhee and the Boston Conservatory Orchestra. An active chamber musician, Nathaniel has received chamber music coaching from Yo-Yo Ma, Emmanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, and the Juilliard Quartet. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Nathaniel received his Artist Diploma from Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he studied with Rhonda Rider and Patrice Jackson.