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Vocal Arts

Concert Choir

Conductor: Dr. Bevan Keating
Accompanist: Kristin Harwell

Rehearsals: MWF 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and Thur. 7 - 9 p.m., FA 101A
Registration: MUEN 4113, 1 credit hour

Upcoming Concerts for 2014 - 2015:

Thursday, Nov. 13 — Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the UALR Community Chorus — Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, UALR campus, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4 — Winter Concert — Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, UALR Campus, 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 15 — Handel’s Messiah by Candlelight with Praeclara — Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20 — UALR Commencement Ceremonies — Jack Stephens Arena, UALR Campus, 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 28 — Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Arkansas Festival Ballet and Praeclara, Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, UALR campus, time TBA

The flagship ensemble of the UALR choral program, this auditioned 28-40 voice choir is open by competitive audition to all UALR students. The members of this choir come not only from the Music Department, but from across many academic disciplines. This ensemble performs 4-7 concerts per semester for audiences ranging from the general public to guests at elite events.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Concert Choir performs a wide variety of distinctive choral literature chosen from all periods of music history, both a cappella and accompanied.  The Concert Choir often performs major works with the UALR Community Chorus and members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Its past joint performances have included such works as Handel’s Messiah, Rutter’s Mass for the Children, Haydn’s Te Deum, and Mozart’s Requiem Mass K626; last season’s performances included a repertoire of English sacred music and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria (both December 2012) and selections from Bach’s Mass in B Minor in An Evening of Bach (April 2013).

This ensemble performs on campus and in the community, and its members tour the state, the nation, and internationally. The Concert Choir has performed the national anthem in UALR’s Jack Stephens Arena, has performed chorus roles in Copland’s opera The Tender Land, and performed with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in My Fair Lady (2007), Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (2012), and Verdi’s Requiem (March 2014).  In 2009, the choir performed on a concert tour in Canada; it toured Houston in summer 2012 and Chicago in summer 2013.

Note: Grant-in-aid is available to members of this ensemble.  Membership in Concert Choir fulfills voice scholarship requirements for participation in a major choral ensemble.

For more information about the UALR Concert Choir, contact Dr. Bevan Keating at 501.569.3499 or btkeating@ualr.edu.

Updated 10.4.2014