Edenton Street United Methodist Church - Sanctuary
Organ: 7:00, 9:00
Opera: 8:00 pm, 10:00 pm
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Dr. William Weisser:
Dr. William J. Weisser retired in 2011 as Minister of Music at Edenton St. United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC where he had been responsible for seven singing choirs, three handbell choirs, three dance ensembles and instrumental ensembles with over 460 participants for over 35+ years. He has acted as Conductor and Artistic Director for many choral groups in the area.
Dr. Weisser is a graduate of Westminster Choir College where he studied Organ, Conducting and Voice. At Westminster he was a member of the world famous Westminster Choir.
He has held a number of leadership positions in various musical associations such as the American Guild of Organists, the Chorister’s Guild, and the American Choral Director’s Association.
Dr. Weisser has performed with the Chicago Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony. He has performed many organ recitals in the Southeast and is in demand as an accompanist for oratorios as well as a Choral Conductor. He has served on the faculty of Louisburg College and was Interim Conductor of the Raleigh Oratorio Society.
He was the founding Director of the Children’s Choir of Duke Chapel. He has published with Abingdon Press. Dr. Weisser was invited to give a pre-concert lecture on the life of Felix Mendelssohn and his Elijah for the North Carolina Symphony.
His Edenton Street United Methodist Church’s choirs have performed in famed and prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
Dr. Weisser was selected to appear in Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who in Religion, and named International Man of the Year for 1992/1993 and 1996 by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge England. In 2001 he released a CD of 20th century organ works titled “Music for A Sunday Afternoon” available on Itunes; CDBaby.com; and Amazon.com.
NC Opera Singers:
North Carolina Opera was formed in 2010 from the merger of The Opera Company of North Carolina and Capitol Opera Raleigh. It is dedicated to presenting operatic performances at the highest level throughout the Triangle. North Carolina Opera brings international level artists to Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and also engages the best in local Triangle talent. As the Triangle’s only resource for exceptional live opera since 2010, North Carolina Opera takes this responsibility seriously. The company is committed to shattering your expectations with every performance. Each season the breadth of NCO’s productions continues to expand to bring Triangle audiences one-of-a-kind performances at the highest level of artistic excellence.