Schola Cantorum to Kick off 2019-20 Concert Season With All-American Program
The UA Schola Cantorum in the Department of Music kicks off its 2019-20 concert season with a program of all-American music, featuring three never-before heard manuscripts from the Florence B. Price Archive and two little-known works by William Grant Still. Both Price and Still are African American composers with deep ties to Arkansas.
Nicole Dominguez, a Schola Cantorum soprano and Honors College student, said, "I think it's really interesting that Florence Price is an Arkansas native. It is so neat that we get to re-discover her lesser-known pieces and bring them to life in her home state. It's truly an honor to be singing her compositions."
Commissioned in 1941, Still's Plain-Chant for America, "acknowledges the mistakes our nation has made in the past while simultaneously celebrating our triumphs," said Garrett Vogel, senior voice major. "Overall, singing this piece makes me feel happy, positive, and proud to be an American."
The program also includes Cecil Effinger's Four Pastorales, Dale Trumbore's Breathe in Hope, and Ward Swingle's Country Dances.
The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Jim and Jocye Faulkner Performing Arts Center on campus. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $10 general admission. To reserve online, visit faulkner.uark.edu.
Stephen E. Caldwell, associate professor
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