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June 27, 2018
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Woods Hole Diversity Initiative Presents Countertenor Reginald Mobley in Performance July 10

200 Years of Music by Black Composers to be featured

Acclaimed soloist and countertenor Reginald Mobley will offer selections from black composers at a special concert on July 10 at 6 p.m. at Church of the Messiah in Woods Hole. The program, sponsored by the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative and the Church of the Messiah, will feature "200 Years of Music by Black Composers." Mobley will be accompanied by Henry Lebedinsky on piano. This event is free and open to the public.

Noted for his “crystalline diction and pure, evenly produced tone” (Miami Herald), as well as “elaborate and inventive ornamentation” (South Florida Classical Review), Mobley is gaining acclaim as a soloist in baroque, classical, and modern repertoire. “Peace in Our Times,” a recent CD compilation of pieces Mobley performed as soloist with the San Francisco-based group Agave Baroque, has received praise from a number of organizations including Early Music America.

A longtime member of the twice GRAMMY┬«-nominated professional vocal ensemble, Seraphic Fire, based in Miami, Mobley has performed with other ensembles in the United States and abroad, including the Dartmouth Handel Society, Apollo’s Fire, Vox Early Music, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and the North Carolina Baroque Ensemble. He has also performed with Ensemble VIII, San Antonio Symphony, Early Music Vancouver and Symphony Nova Scotia under the direction of Alexander Weimann, and the Oregon Bach Festival under the direction of Matthew Halls.

Mobley has appeared in several musical theatre productions as a principal or in a secondary role, including the title role in Rupert Holmes’ Mystery of Edwin Drood, and as “Jacey Squires” in Meredith Willson’s The Music Man. In addition to his work in musical theatre, he has performed many cabaret shows and sets of jazz standards and torch songs in jazz clubs in and around Tokyo, Japan. He has also performed opera in the title role of “Paris” in the Florida premiere of John Eccles’ Judgment of Paris, under the direction of Anthony Rooley and Evelyn Tubb.

Participating institutions in the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative and its Diversity Advisory Committee are the Marine Biological Laboratory, National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center), Sea Education Association, U.S. Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Woods Hole Research Center.