CANCELED: Celebrate Valentine's Day at UALR Choral, Opera Program

 Notice: This event has been canceled due to inclement weather conditions.

UALR celebrates Valentine’s Day with “Lucious Love Songs,” featuring tenor Kevin Park, who is gaining attention as an international opera star, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the UALR Fine Arts Building.

The concert will benefit UALR’s choral and opera programs. Tickets are $75, including a champagne reception in the Bailey Alumni Center following the concert. For tickets, call the Music Department Box Office at 501-569-8993 or visit ualr.edu/music/index.php/home/box-office.

A native of Korea, Park has performed a number of operatic roles, including Romeo in Gounod’s “Romeo et Juliette” and the title role in Mascagni’s “L’Amico Fritz.” This year he made his debut at England’s Aldeburgh Festival in Handel’s “Saul.” He has also sung in Italy and in Spain. In 2011, Park will embark on a joint concert tour of Asia with famed soprano Barbara Bonney.

Park has performed with the St. Louis Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Fort Worth Opera, and the Chautauqua Opera. The tenor is also in demand for concerts; he recently sang Handel’s “Messiah” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

“Kevin has a classically beautiful lyric tenor voice – perfect for love songs,” said Edward Crafts, director of the UALR Opera Theatre. “He has a unique ability to make each listener believe he is singing only to them. If you missed him a few years ago on the Bechstein Hall concert series, this is a rare chance to hear him on this continent.”

UALR faculty performers include Crafts, a former Metropolitan Opera singer; Met veteran Diane Kesling; former Chicago Lyric Opera soprano Susan Belcher; mezzo-soprano Heather Crafts; guest soprano Kira Keating; and pianists Kristina Marinova, Rolf Groesbeck, and Trudy Kincaide.

The UALR Concert Choir, directed by associate professor of music Bevan Keating, will join the solo performers in selections from the Broadway musicals “The Music Man” and “Kismet,” and in several songs from Brahms’ “Liebeslieder Walzes.”

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