IlluminArts and
Oolite Arts present 
Roscoè B. Thické III: Parables

IlluminArts and Oolite Arts present
Roscoè B. Thické III: Parables

February 12, 2022

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 to include design and photography at Broward College. The 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 unforgettable event will weave Roscoè’s stories and photography together with music that will move and inspire. This event will  feature soprano Whitney Morrison.

Artists

Whitney Morrison

Whitney Morrison

Soprano

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.