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UALR celebrates Valentineâ€™s Day with â€śLucious Love Songs,â€ť 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 UALRâ€™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 Gounodâ€™s â€śRomeo et Julietteâ€ť and the title role in Mascagniâ€™s â€śLâ€™Amico Fritz.â€ť This year he made his debut at Englandâ€™s Aldeburgh Festival in Handelâ€™s â€śSaul.â€ť 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 Handelâ€™s â€śMessiahâ€ť at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
â€śKevin has a classically beautiful lyric tenor voice â€“ perfect for love songs,â€ť said Edward Crafts, director of the UALR Opera Theatre. â€śHe 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.â€ť
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 â€śThe Music Manâ€ť and â€śKismet,â€ť and in several songs from Brahmsâ€™ â€śLiebeslieder Walzes.â€ť