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Kerry Wilkerson



Biography

Kerry Wilkerson’s solo career has taken him from coast to coast performing renowned oratorios and exciting recitals. A resonant singer with unique evenness in register, the Washington Post has described him as an ‘exuberant’ performer having the ‘amber tone of a lyric baritone with the imposing weight demanded by Handel’s low-lying writing’. He has enjoyed a celebrated career as a member of the United States Army Chorus; singing and conducting for world leaders, Supreme Court Justices, politicians and dignitaries of many nations during official ceremony and protocol events.

In addition, Kerry has sung professionally with the US Air Force Singing Sergeants and the critically acclaimed Robert Shaw Festival Singers in many of the most prestigious concert halls throughout the United States and Canada. Kerry is well known to Washington, DC audiences through his solo recitals and regular guest appearances with choruses and orchestras such as the Händel Choir of Baltimore, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, City Choir of Washington, Choralis, and the Oratorio Society of Virginia. The 2018/19 season includes performing the role of Sparafucile in Verdi's Rigoletto with Opera Roanoke, Vaughan Williams' Five Mystical Songs with American University Chorus, Händel's Messiah with the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra, Rachmaninoff's The Bellswith Spokane Symphony, Faure's Requiem with Eugene Concert Choir, Kodaly's Te Deum with Oregon Music Festival, Bach's B minor mass with City Choir of Washington, Mendelssohn's Elijah with Choralis and Durfle's Requiem with the Washington Chorus.

Kerry's Carnegie Hall debut was made in June of 2017, as baritone soloist in Vaughan Williams' Sancta Civitas, presented by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY). Highlights during the 2017/18 season included performances with the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Bach's Magnificat, Händel's Messiah with Austin Symphony, Mozart's Requiem with Fairfax Symphony and as a featured artist in a Bernstein & Friends concert with Close Encounters with Music in the Berkshires.

Kerry is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (B.M.) and George Mason University (M.A.).

Upcoming Performances

Video 12/23/2018: Messiah Sing-Along

Be part of Washington’s most popular free holiday event, the Kennedy Center’s Messiah Sing-Along. Back by popular demand, the evening concert features conductor Nancia D’Alimonte as she leads members of the Opera House Orchestra, guest soloists, a chorus of 200, and a very enthusiastic audience in Handel’s masterpiece. A family and community tradition since 1971!

Handel's Messiah - Novello Edition will be available for purchase at the Kennedy Center starting a week before the performance. 

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at approximately 4:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Dec 23 - Kerry Wilkerson