PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Vesper Choir, under the direction of Dr. Michael J. Bates, assisted by Dr. Melissa Davis, will present their annual spring concert on Friday, May 3rd at 6:00 pm in the J.M. Ross Theatre of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building on the UAPB campus. This free, public concert concludes a season that included performances to large and appreciative audiences at Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, MS; Southeast Arkansas Community College in Forrest City, AR; and South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado, AR. The Choir also sang for schools and churches in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Dermott, Memphis, Southaven, MS, and Pine Bluff. The Vesper Choir survived a potentially tragic bus accident at the beginning of their annual spring tour and went on to present concerts and sing for the worship services at eight churches and five schools in Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit.
The spring concert program will be a concert of classical choral literature, spirituals, choral jazz and gospel selections. Featured on the program will be Dr. Melissa Davis, Instructor in Voice and Assistant Vesper Choir Director. Included on the program will be “Babethandaza“, an arrangement in the Zulu language of a traditional South African song accompanied by African drumming.
The concert will be dedicated to the memory of Mr. James “Jimmy” McKissic, internationally famous concert pianist, Vesper Choir and UAPB alumnus. Mr. McKissic was presented with a plaque at the 2012 Vesper Choir spring concert in recognition of his professional career and numerous accomplishments.
For more information about the concert, call (870) 575-8907.