Holy Family Hosts Debut Performance
2/11/2018 ~ by William Pattillo
In its 4th season of free concerts, The Episcopal Church of the Holy Family is pleased to present baritone Jarius Cliett in his Pickens County debut on Sunday, February 18, at 3:30 in the afternoon. The concert is free and all are welcome.
A native of Atlanta, Jarius started his musical journey at the age of fourteen playing the harp with the Urban Youth Harp Ensemble under Elizabeth Remy Johnson and director Roselyn Lewis. Upon entering high school, Jarius decided to apply for the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School.
He received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from The University of Alabama, where he studied with Dr. Susan Fleming and Dr. James Seay. During his time in UA’s opera program, Jarius was featured in productions of Menotti’s The Consul, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience, and his final performance with UAOT, as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
For two seasons, Jarius participated in GSU’s Harrower Summer Opera Workshop as Starveling in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pistola in Verdi’s Falstaff, and Bartolo in scenes from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
Jarius recently finished his graduate studies at Georgia State University under the vocal instruction of Richard Clement and was also a part of Georgia State’s Opera Theater program. While involved with the GSU Opera Theater, he was featured with Atlanta Chamber Winds for their “Mozart in the Garden” concert as Bartolo in Jonathan Dove’s Figures in the Garden with excerpts from Le nozze di Figaro and as Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Jarius was also featured in GSU Opera Theater’s production of The Mikado, where he performed the title role of The Mikado. His final performance was as Leporello in GSUOT's production of Don Giovanni.
This past summer Jarius spent time in Waimea, Hawaii, in the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. During the program, Jarius participated in The Mikado once again performing as the nobleman Pish-Tush. Upon returning from Hawaii, Jarius was in the ensemble of My Fair Lady with the Atlanta Lyric Theatre in Marietta, Georgia. Recently, Jarius worked with Capitol City Opera for their Rising Star Concert and was the bass soloist in Handel's Messiah at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Cliett's program on February 18 includes spirituals and other songs and will be accompanied by John King Carter, Holy Family's organist and choirmaster.
Following the concert, the parish choir, under the direction of John Carter, will sing choral evensong and Jarius will join in the anthem and hymn.
Future free concerts at Holy Family are: March 18, 2018, Titan Winds; April 15, 2018, Kennesaw State University Trumpet Ensemble; and May 20, 2018, Jasper United Methodist Church Youth Choir.
The Episcopal Church of the Holy Family is located at the intersection of Griffith Road and Cove Road, across from Dollar General in Jasper. For more information, please see www.holyfamilyepiscopalchurch.net or call 770-893-4525.