Harding University To Present Several Free Student Concerts In April

The Harding University Department of Music will present concerts featuring the Chorus, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Choir, Jazz Band, Chamber Singers, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble throughout April.

Tuesday, April 10, 7 p.m., Percussion Ensemble, Reynolds Recital Hall

The Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Wesley Parker, will present a unique evening of percussion music.

Thursday, April 12, 3 p.m., Opera Scenes Forum, Reynolds Recital Hall

This performance is the final project for a University department of music class on Opera music. Fifteen students will perform featured scenes including solos, duets and ensemble pieces from Verdi’s “Falstaff,” Donizetti’s “Elixir of Love,” Adam Guettel’s musical “The Light in the Piazza,” Menotti’s “The Consul,” and Aaron Copland’s “The Tender Land.”

Tuesday, April 17, 7 p.m., Combined Chorus, Searcy High School Performing Arts Center

The combined chorus concert will feature performances from the Harding Chorus, Searcy High School Choir and Harding Academy Chorus. Each chorus will perform individually and then come together for a combined performance showcasing more than 200 singers.

Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m., Wind Ensemble, Administration Auditorium

The Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Michael Chance, will perform pieces by Bert Appermont, Mark Camphouse, Gary D. Ziek, Percy Grainger and Morton Gould. The group is made up of more than 50 musicians performing on instruments such as flutes/piccolos, clarinets, bass clarinets, oboes, bassoons, saxophones, trumpets, horns, trombones, euphoniums, tubas, harp, piano and percussion.

Sunday, April 22, 7 p.m., Chamber Singers, Reynolds Recital Hall

The Harding University Chamber Singers will present a varied program of poetry set to music. The group includes more than twelve singers directed by Dr. Kelly Neill.

Monday, April 23, 7 p.m., Belle Canto and Concert Choir, Reynolds Recital Hall

The 60 women of Belle Canto, under the direction of Stacey Neely, will join forces with the 90-voice Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Kelly Neill, to perform Chinese, French and Swahili pieces.

Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m., Symphony Orchestra, Administration Auditorium

The Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Michael Chance, will perform “At the Movies” including music from “Frozen,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Wicked,” “The Lord of the Dance,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Hamilton.”

Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m., Jazz Band, Reynolds Recital Hall

Two jazz bands, one led by Dr. Wes Parker and the other by Dr. Andrew Cook, will perform blues, swing, Latin, funk and contemporary styles.

Saturday, April 28, 2 p.m., Brass Quintet Performance, Reynolds Recital Hall

The Brass Quintet will perform a student-directed concert featuring a french horn, trombone/baritone, tuba and two trumpets.

All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.harding.edu/music or call 501-279-4343. For other events and free and low cost services Harding provides to the community, visit www.harding.edu/community.

Harding University is a private Christian, liberal arts university located in Searcy, Arkansas. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, it is the largest private university in the state. Harding’s student body represents all 50 states and 54 nations and territories. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate majors; graduate and professional degrees at the master’s, specialist and doctoral levels; as well as numerous study abroad opportunities including locations in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information, visit www.harding.edu.

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