A local singer is the latest performer set to take the stage for the Fremont Midland Entertainment Series.
Camille Metoyer Moten, who has entertained Omaha area audiences for the past 25 years, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Fremont. Tickets will be available for non-FMES members at the door for $20.
Metoyer Moten grew up in a home where Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson and Carmen McCrae were played many hours of the day. She soaked in the jazz styling and phrasings.
Upon graduating from high school, she ventured to New Orleans to further her education at Xavier University and to sharpen her singing skills in the jazz genre. While at the school, she sang solos with the Xavier jazz band which gave her the opportunity to be accompanied by Ellis Marsalis (father of Wynton).
Metoyer Moten honed her skills by dividing her time between training as a classical singer and absorbing the jazzy notion of the New Orleans sound.
After moving back to Omaha, she began to embrace the musical theater scene while balancing her music ministry with the church. Her first audition cast her in the lead role at the Orpheum Theater in a production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”
This began her career of solo, choral and studio singing.
Metoyer Moten has performed in venues ranging from opera to musical theater, jazz and gospel. She has earned awards for her portrayals of Eva Peron in “Evita” and Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
She also has performed at The Rose Theater, Dundee Dinner Theater and Stages of Omaha as well as with Opera Omaha. She has toured regionally with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra and Cabaret Theater, and is a featured performer at many events throughout Omaha.
Her musical travels have taken her to Barcelona, Spain. She has performed with world-class artists such as Sylvia McNair and enjoys performing her one-woman cabaret show, which features popular jazz songs of the 20th century.
In the 2006 season, she starred in two productions at the Omaha Community Playhouse, “Swing” and “Ragtime,” for which she won the Barbara Ford best supporting actress in a musical award and the Omaha Entertainment Award. She also has several commercial jingles to her credit.
In 2007, Metoyer Moten released her first CD featuring Christian music titled, “Go Forward.” Collaborating with Omaha composer David Murphy, she released a CD of Christmas songs in 2010 called “A Simpler Christmas.”
The concert sponsors are Charlie and Mary Lou Diers and Rupert and Ruth Dunklau. Season FMES sponsors are the Fremont Tribune, Midland University and Community First Media of Nebraska. For more information, contact Amy at 402-719-8053.
A pre-Valentine’s Day show titled “Love Notes” also will take place on Saturday. This concert featuring four quartets from the Pathfinder Chorus will begin at 7 p.m. at Fremont Opera House.
The participating quartets are 7th Avenue Revue, Beat Street, Buckle Up! And Major League. The quartets will each perform a set of their favorite tunes.
Tickets for the performance are $15 and may be purchased in advance at the Fremont Tribune, Blue Bottle Coffee, Coffee Bistro and L&L Gifts, or by email at email@example.com. Seating is limited.