Americolor Opera Alliance
 

Father’s Day Memorial Concert

Honoring Oliver R. Sueing

Prelude…………………………………………………………………………Adrian J. Ford, Pianist

Director of Music, Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church

Greetings and Prayer……………………………………………………… The Rev. Gary Dean, Pastor

Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church

Solo…………………………………My Tribute, Andrae Crouch…………….Kathye J. Gary, Soprano

Introduction……………………………………………………Dr. Sharon J. Willis, Americolor Opera

Solo…………………..Then Shall the Righteous Shine Forth, Felix Mendelssohn……………Sam Hagan

Solo Artist, 3 Inspirational Tenors

Remarks…………………………………………….Dr. James Gleason, New Life Presbyterian Church

Solo………………………………Stand Still Jordan, arr. Harry Burleigh………………Ralph Freeman

3 Inspirational Tenors, Song Sermon Ministries, Inc.

Solo……………………………………Ave Maria, S. J. Willis………..…….Bernice H. Hall, Soprano

Solo…………………………………..Cornerstone, Lari Goss………………..Richard Morton, Tenor

Remarks………………………………………………………………..Dr. Emmanuel McCall, Pastor

First Baptist Church, East Point

Solo……………………………..Wasn’t That a Wide River, arr. Burleigh….Michael McBride, Baritone

Solo………………………………..Alleluia from Revere Mass, S. J. Willis…..Juliet V. Anderson, Soprano

Solo……………………………….Come Sunday, William Grant Still…..Adrian Willis Sueing, Trumpet

Quartet……………………………..Let the Church Roll On, Spiritual………………….AOA Quartet

Darrell McGhee, Alonzo Taylor, Michael McBride, and Jonathan Blanchard

Solo……………………………I Stood on the River of Jordan, arr. Burleigh…….Rickey Powell, Tenor

Birmingham, Alabama

Solo……………………………………Set Down Servant, arr. Willis…………Reisha Lauren, Soprano

Solo…………………………………….Lamentation from Soliloquy, Willis……Adrian Sueing, Trumpet

Chorus……………………………The Lord’s Prayer from Herndon Opera, Willis……Americolor Opera

Solo……………………………….Beautiful City from Heaven Cantata, Willis…..Reisha Lauren, Soprano

Prayer of Remembrance……………………………………………………………………Dr. McCall

Solo……………………………………Try to Remember, Harvey Schmidt……Darrel McGhee, Tenor

Tribute Message……………………………………Sanctuary Choir, Ben Hill United Methodist Church

Solo………………………………………Kyrie from Alexander Mass, Willis…….Kathye J. Gary, Soprano

Closing Hymn……………Come, Come Ye Saints, William Clayton – Sacred Harp……….Congregation

Executive Director

Benediction……………………………………………………………………………Reverend Dean

Postlude………………………………..When the Saints Go Marching In………………Brass Ensemble

Pianists: Mr. Phillip V. Skerrett, Jr. and Dr. Sharon J. Willis

Brass Ensemble: Mr. Adrian W. Sueing and Mr. Rayshon Bethune, Trumpets

Dr. Forrest Watkins, French Horn Mr. Keifer Johnson, Trombone

Americolor Opera Voices: Vernay Dabney, Sacha Hall, Deborah McCrimmon, Ophelia T. Dargan, Terumi Todd

Bettye M. Gilbert, and David Vaughn

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Oliver Roland Sueing, born May 17, 1950 was the son of Bennie Westbrook Wilson and Charles Albert Oliver Sueing Photo 3wideSueing, Sr. (December 20, 1926 – May 10, 1994). An honors graduate of George Washington Carver High School in Memphis, Tennessee, he served as Student Council President, ROTC Battalion Commander in command for five city schools; he was also a choir soloist. His vocal gift was recognized early on by his mother, a music teacher, pianist and outstanding singer in her own right. She enrolled him in formal voice training when he was fifteen years of age under the tutelage of Madame Adria Brunati.  Away from school, he was an Eagle Scout and a Certified Swimming Instructor.

After graduating from Carver, Oliver was accepted at Morehouse College and immediately joined the Morehouse College Glee Club under the baton of Dr. Wendell P. Whalum. While at Morehouse, Sueing became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; and was awarded a Charles E. Merrill Overseas Travel Scholarship to study in Vienna, Austria (1971-1972 academic year). There, he enrolled in the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES); and was accepted into the Vienna Academy of Music where he studied voice, joined the Wiener Jeunesse-Chor (Wiener Youth Choir) and performed in Jerome Kern’s Show Boat with the renowned Vienna Volksoper featuring international opera bass-baritone William Warfield.

Before returning to the States, Oliver R. Sueing met and married Pamela Blockey (O’Brien) in 1972. To that union was born Jessica Alexis Sueing now married to Vincent Salerno. Sueing returned to Atlanta and continued his music career as a much-in-demand tenor soloist while working for the City of Atlanta Watershed Management. His career highlights during this period included singing with the Atlanta University Community Chorus “The Impossible Dream” at the Inauguration of President Jimmy Carter, January 20, 1977; and singing under the baton of Maestro Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as tenor soloist for more than nine years. Oliver relocated to Nashville, Tennessee (1977) as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative for Pfizer, Inc. During this time, he sang with the Grammy Award winning Bobby Jones and The New Life Singers on the Nashville Gospel Television Show. He also traveled with Bobby Jones on a trip of a lifetime to Israel; this had a very profound impact on the singer’s life. Oliver R. Sueing and Sharon J. Willis were married from 1978 to 2010 and to that union were born Adrian Willis Sueing and Amarylis Jeneé Sueing, both excellent musicians. By 1988, Sueing had been hired by Glaxo and became the President of the National Association of Professional Pharmaceutical Representatives, a group founded by Art Terry of the Wyeth Chapter and other black representatives to mentor others in expanding their careers. His friend Det Treadwell became the President of the Pfizer Chapter. This organization transformed the career options for hundreds of African American Pharmaceutical Representatives.

Sueing had an affinity for languages and spoke fluent German acquiring this talent while a Merrill Scholar overseas studying with Herr D. Weiskopf, professor. He also spoke French; and learned enough Hebrew that the Israeli flight attendants assumed that he spoke it fluently because he spoke in the native accent as he did German and French.

Oliver performed solo orchestral renditions with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Emory University, as well as a number of opera companies: Opera South, The Georgia Opera Company, Phoenix Opera Company and Americolor Opera. By special request, he sang at the funeral of Mayor Maynard Holbrook Jackson (March 23, 1938 – June 23, 2003); and the funeral of the esteemed Morehouse College President Emeritus and Atlanta School Board Chairman, Benjamin Elijah Mays (August 1, 1894 – March 28, 1984). Oliver sang with several professional ensembles including the Ascendants (Fannie E. Ross, Sharon J. Willis and Richard Morton) who in 1985 sponsored the National Tribute Event for Civil Rights Advocate and Baptist Preacher, the Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy (March 11, 1926 – April 17, 1990) who worked very closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and Ensemble Jubalaté, Solo Quartet (Sharon J. Willis, Kimberly Edwards-Hall, and Oliver Greene). The Ensemble traveled to Rome and sang at Saint Peter’s Basilicas in June of 1999. In 1995, after watching the Three Tenors: Domingo, Carreras and Domingo, Dr. Sharon J. Willis had the idea of organizing The Three ‘Inspirational’ Tenors with Oliver R. Sueing, Ralph Freeman, and Samuel Hagan and long-time friend Harding Epps, Sr. as the piano accompanist. The classically trained tenors focused on Christian music as their repertoire. The group was very successful and traveled to Rome singing in Saint Peter’s Basilicas in 1999. Their premier recording entitled “Ole Time Religion” was released in 2007 with the title song being arranged by Willis.

As a professed man of faith, Oliver R. Sueing always had a profound connection with the Church Community beginning with Metropolitan Baptist, his home church in Memphis, Tennessee, followed by Ben Hill United Methodist Church during the pastoral leadership of Dr. Cornelius Henderson; Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church; New Life Presbyterian Church; and finally reconnecting with his Baptist denomination through First Baptist Church of East Point (formerly the Fellowship Group) during Dr. Emmanuel McCall’s leadership. His music ministry was far reaching and all inclusive as he was a regular guest at Central Baptist Church in Newnan, Georgia, Dr. Joel Richardson, Pastor; was presented in concerts at Newnan Presbyterian Church, Dr. Harry Barrow, Pastor during the 1990’s; he also traveled to Merida, Mexico with Newnan Presbyterian Church on one of their many Missionary trips where he was presented in recital. From November of 2002 until his death, Oliver served as cantor for St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lilburn, Georgia, Mr. Thomas Van Soelen, Music Coordinator.

Oliver R. Sueing, in his later career, served as an Educational Advisor Recruiter for DeVry University and before retiring in 2012 earned a Masters of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management. After retiring, he loved playing golf, swimming and grilling on his Green Egg. He also began gardening, a hobby that was inspired by his mother’s green thumb and his aunt, Juanita “Nee’Nee” Stanback (February 13, 1927 – April 1996). In December of 2013 he married Joann Hightower; they lived in Sharpsburg, Georgia until his death. Oliver R. Sueing was a man who loved and supported his children and mentored many others in his own special way.

Father

Jessica Alexis Sueing Salerno, Adrian Willis Sueing, Amarylis Jeneé Sueing

Honorary Father (Uncle, Grandfather, Godfather, Mentor, Guardian)

Gia Broadway (niece); Brook J. Richardson (niece) Christopher Sueing (nephew); Nicholas Sueing (nephew); Eric Sueing (nephew); Elizabeth Sueing (niece); Lauren A. Travis (niece); Vincent Jones (nephew); Kristen Sueing (niece); Justin Sueing (nephew); Cameron Sueing (nephew); Nile Sugarmon (great nephew); Noah Broadway (great nephew); Josh Broadway (great nephew); Isabella Salerno (granddaughter) Luca Salerno (grandson); Sophia Salerno (granddaughter); Rebekka Kuntschik (stepdaughter); Ashley Joyner (goddaughter); Shannon Joyner (godson); Nicole McCoy (goddaughter); Sheldon McKenzie (godson); Rohonda Isis Grant (niece, daughter of Ronald B. Willis); and Khalil X. Bonton (nephew, son of Carole Willis).

Americolor Opera Alliance

In collaboration with

Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church

presents

A Father’s Day Memorial Concert

Honoring the late

Oliver Roland Sueing

May 17, 1950 – February 16, 2016

Father’s Day, Sunday June 19, 2016

4:00 p.m.

The Rev. Gary Dean, Senior Pastor

Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church

2545 Benjamin E. Mays Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30311