Flat Rock – The Episcopal Church of St. John in the Wilderness and Friends of Music are presenting tenor Alexander Harrelson in the third in a series of concerts entitled “Accent on Youth” on Sunday, August 1 at 3:30 pm in the Parish Hall.
The Tryon native will sing a varied program of music from Scarlatti, Samuel Barber, Beethoven, Lehar, as well as songs from musical theater. He will be accompanied by Music Director Dewitt Tipton.
Harrelson is a graduate of Davidson College and studied at the Musica Lirica in Novafeltria, Italy and at the International Vocal Artists Academy in Payerback, Austria. He competed at the national level of the Classical Singers Convention and has won prizes in the YoungArts competition.
Alex Harrelson has performed with the Hendersonville Youth Symphony Orchestra (in Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne), attended the North Carolina Governor’s School for Choral Music, and attended Cannon Music Camp after receiving a generous scholarship from Laurel Lake Music Society.
Alexander Harrelson is a 21-year-old tenor from Tryon, North Carolina. In May of 2021, he graduated with a B.A. as a Music Major from Davidson College, where he studied with Jacquelyn Culpepper. He performed the role of Priest in The Magic Flute his freshman year and performed arias in the Davidson College Opera Workshop production his sophomore year. He was also a member of the Davidson College Chorale and Collegium Musicum, an early music ensemble.
Singing has taken Alex across the United States and Europe. Alex was also accepted to the Brevard Music Center Summer Institute where he was to perform in several opera productions. Unfortunately, Covid-19 ended Alex’s summer plans before they began.
In June, 2021 Alex returned to La Musica Lirica where he performed Gastone in La Traviata, in the chorus of La Cenerentola, and as Don Ottavio in the sextet from Don Giovanni. He had the privilege of working with renowned conductors Marcello Cormio and Joseph Rescigno, as well as directors Michael Scarola and David Ronis.
Alex speaks German, is an Eagle Scout, and will pursue a Master’s in Vocal Performance at the University of Utah beginning in August.
The concert is free and open to the public. The Parish Hall is located at 1905 Greenville Highway across Rutledge Drive from the church. Donations will be accepted, all of which will go to the concert artist.