The UALR Concert Choir will perform seven different concerts in Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, and Niagara Falls in Canada beginning this weekend. The choir is made up of 25 UALR students.
Music professor and native Canadian, Bevan Keating, will conduct the performances, some of which will be joint concerts with choirs Keating began more than 15 years ago.
“The choir has been practicing in Gallery I in the UALR Fine Arts Building because the acoustics are similar to the basilicas and other facilities in which we plan to perform, “ said Keating. “They have learned a different style of singing to accommodate this acoustic situation.”
Choir member Sharon Downs said that it took a year’s worth of fundraising to make this trip possible. “We’ve raised money through various sales and have given promotional concerts with paid admission,” she said. The University is also sponsoring the trip.
To read the blog and see photos of the UALR Concert Choir’s trip to Canada, go to http://ualrconcertchoir.ning.com/.
The UALR Concert and Chamber Choirs are the two premiere ensembles at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The auditioned singers within these choirs represent the music department as well as many academic disciplines from within the university.
Under the direction of Keating, both groups perform large works such as Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, Regina Coeli KV108 by W.A. Mozart, Dixit Dominus by G.F. Handeland, and Mass of the Children by John Rutter. In addition, the Concert and Chamber Choirs perform many major choral works with the UALR Community Chorus.