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Vocal Arts

Voice at UALR

If you love to sing, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers opportunities to perform as a member of our choral and opera ensembles, or to shine as a soloist in jazz ensemble, oratorio, opera or song recital. Our experienced, world-renowned faculty offers private and class voice lessons, teaches classes in diction and performance skills, and leads a summer study program in Italy.

UALR students regularly perform with area professional music and theater organizations, such as The Rep, The Arkansas Symphony, The Hot Springs Music Festival and Wildwood Park.

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Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30, 2014: Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana

The UALR Community Chorus presents an innovative interpretation of Carl Orff’s 20th-century masterpiece Carmina Burana, in collaboration with Arkansas Festival Ballet, the choir of Second Presbyterian Church of Little Rock, and choirs from five local high schools, including J.A. Fair, Little Rock Central, Maumelle, Mount St. Mary Academy, and Parkview.

For tickets, contact a member of the UALR Community Chorus, Arkansas Festival Ballet, or the choirs of the participating high schools — or visit the UALR Box Office website.  Follow our journey as we prepare for this monumental production by liking our Facebook page: Carmina Burana - Little Rock 2014.

This staged extravaganza features 200 singers, professional orchestral accompaniment, and choreography developed exclusively for the 2014 production by Arkansas Festival Ballet choreographer Rebecca Stalcup.  Dr. Bevan Keating, associate professor of music at UALR, conducts the orchestra and combined choirs.

Touching on themes of love and loss, victory and despair, and suffering and ecstasy, Orff’s powerful music is a perennial favorite at symphony houses and stages around the world. The opening and closing movement, Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi, permeates popular culture as background music for numerous movies, advertisements, and video games.

Artistic director Bevan Keating and producer Bruce Rentz dramatize this music through the stories of three couples as they progress through the triumphs and defeats dealt to them by the goddess Fortune’s whims. Each couple is personified by two singers and two dancers who bring their own unique spin to Orff’s words and music.

Updated 3.15.2014