Concert and Chamber Choirs To Present Concert November 17

MONTICELLO, AR — The concert and chamber choirs of the University of Arkansas at Monticello will perform with guest artists Andy Wen and Scott Bearden in a concert November 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

            The program will include performances of Four Pastorales by Cecil Effinger, Five Mystical Songs and the Libera Me from Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Laudamus Te by Francis Poulenc, Hallelujah, Amen by G. F. Handel, Ave Verum Corpus by W. A. Mozart, and Sing Unto God by Paul Fetler. Dr. Kent Skinner, director of choral activities at UAM, will conduct with piano accompaniment by Dr. Paul Becker of the UAM music faculty.

            Wen is an associate professor at UA-Little Rock, a founding member of the Arkansas Saxophone Quartet and plays principle alto saxophone in the Little Rock Wind Symphony.  He has performed in 25 states and 11 countries on three continents.  His performances include concertos with bands and orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber concerts.  He has premiered four concertos and recorded two CDs.

            Wen presented the first saxophone recital in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, was the 1990 National Collegiate Artist Competition winner, and has premiered over 35 solo and chamber compositions.

            Baritone Scott Bearden was the first prize winner at the 2008 Irene Dalis Vocal Competition. In 2007, he won the Audience Prize in the same competition. Also in 2007, Bearden won the second Chester Ludgin American Verdi Baritone Competition in front of a jury made up in part by Placido Domingo, Mignon Dunn and Maestro Julius Rudel.
            His past performances include the title character in Verdi’s Falstaff with Opera San Jose, Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West with the Knoxville Opera and as Satan in a jazz opera, Omnia ad dei Gloriam, as part of the New York Music Theater Festival.
            Bearden has performed with Opera New Jersey, the Mercury Opera of Rochester, N.Y., and Opera Grand Rapids.     Other past engagements include Rigoletto with Opera Theater of Connecticut, Falstaff, Tonio in I Pagliacci, the title role of Gianni Schicchi with Mississippi Opera, Un ballo in maschera with Opera Memphis, Falstaff at the Tanglewood Music Festival under the baton of Maestro Seiji Ozawa, Three Penny Opera, La Boheme, and Tosca with West Bay Opera, Tosca and La Boheme with the Midland Symphony, Cosi fan tutte and Tosca with the Sanibel Music Festival, Falstaff, Tosca, Il Tabarro with IVAI, and with Opera San Jose, both as a resident artist as well as a guest artist, Mr. Bearden performed in L’Elisir d’amore, Rigoletto(two productions), Madama Buttterfly, Falstaff (two productions), Manon, Cosi fan tutte, La Boheme, I Pagliacci, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
            Bearden holds a bachelor of music degree from Central Michigan University and a master of music degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

            For more information, contact Dr. Kent Skinner, at (870) 460-1060.


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