The internationally recognized University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir will be performing a concern in celebration of Black History Month at 5 p.m. Feb. 18 at Palarm Chapel M. Baptist Church in Mayflower.
The show is titled, “The Place Called Palarm.”
Director Michael J. Bates —in his 18th year with the choir — said this is the first time the 70-member choir has performed in the Mayflower area.
He said the choir, now in its 70th year of existence, will perform compositions by Undine Smith Moore, Moses Hogan, Roland Carter, William L. Dawson, Raymond Wise and other composers.
“The program will also feature gospel selections conducted by UAPB [alumni] Jerron Liddell,” Bates said.
Other participants for the event include 8-year-old Sydney Hopson, who will recite Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I Have A Dream,” speech.
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The traditional college choir has a body of work that ranges from classical choral literature, spirituals, contemporary choral literature, choral jazz and gospel music.
In 2006, choir members traveled to Italy and performed two concerts each in Rome — including a performance at the Vatican in St. Peter’s Basilica — Florence, Venice and Milan.
In 2015, the Vesper Choir was the recipient of $334,000 from UAPB/AM&N alumni John E. Smith to establish the John E. Smith and Charlene Smith-Gaines Vesper Choir Endowment.
In 2015, the choir’s annual spring tour took them to New York City where they presented a concert in the Trump Tower and a concert at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the 4th largest Christian church and cathedral in the world.
In December of 2016, the Vesper Choir presented its 63rd annual performance of Handel’s, “Messiah,” and in February of 2016, they were featured in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Leonard Bernstein’s, “Chichester Psalms,” in Hebrew.
In March of this year, the choir will be traveling to Spain to perform in both Madrid and Toledo.