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University Singers and Vocal Jazz to Perform April 26


JONESBORO – The Department of Music will present the University Singers and the Delta Vox jazz ensemble in concert on Tuesday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall.  This program is free and open to the public.

Delta Vox is directed by Dr. Kyle Chandler.  The group will open with “Fields of Gold” which was recorded by Sting in 1993. It received several accolades around the world, including a top charting of No. 2 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart. “Fields of Gold” was re-released in 1994 and 1997 and re-recorded by Sting in 2006 as a result of the continuing popularity of the song.

They will also perform “This Masquerade,” originally recorded by Leon Russell in 1972. Over a dozen other artists have created their own versions of the song, including George Benson in 1976. Benson’s version of “This Masquerade” charted in the top 10 on multiple charts including Billboard Hot 100, and Hot Soul Singles. This version also won a Grammy for Record of the year in 1977 and was additionally nominated for Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male.

The University Singers will take the stage next under the direction of Cherie Collins, adjunct professor. The groups will also be directed by Matt Crociata, Loren Snook and William Weaver. 

The University Men’s Choir will perform “Shout for Joy” by Dan Davison, the traditional hymn “Precious Lord Take My Hand,” “Der herr Segne Euch” by J.S. Bach, and “Mama Look Sharp” from 1776.  Chris Dixon is their collaborative pianist.

The University Women’s Choir will present their portion of the program with the following pieces: “Heaven Bound Train” arranged by Stephen Hatfield, “Wir eilrn mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten” by J.S. Bach, and “The Seal Lullaby” by Eric Whitacre.  They will also be premiering a new arrangement of “Don’t Worry About Me” by British artist Frances.  Collaborative pianists are Yi Bao and Aaron Fisher.

For more information about this concert or any other A-State music event, one may contact the Music Department at (870) 972-2094.

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