By JEANETTE ANDERTON
UCA MEDIA OFFICE
The American Boychoir will visit the University of Central Arkansas as artists-in-residence and as part of UCA Public Appearances’ Night Out Series Feb. 28-March 1.
The Public Appearances concert is set for 7:30 p.m. March 1 in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall.
Dr. Ryan Fisher, UCA assistant professor of music education, said the young group was able to entertain audiences of all ages.
"They are an incredible performance ensemble," Fisher said. "Even though they are young boys, they make beautiful music that will move the audience. They just love to perform.
"If you enjoyed the Vienna Boychoir, you will love The American Boychoir."
Critics consider The American Boychoir to be the premier concert boys’ choir in the United States. The choir includes boys in grades four through eight from across the country.
The members pursue a rigorous musical and academic curriculum. Fisher said the boys who will perform are selected two weeks prior to the performance.
"The tour choir is a highly selective, competitive process," Fisher said. "The boys are chosen by a number of criteria including their performance in school. They have to work hard to be in the tour choir."
The American Boychoir School was founded in 1937 and has been located in Princeton, N.J., since 1950. The Boychoir has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
The American Boychoir will lead a workshop for area choir students from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Feb. 28 in UCA’s Reynolds Performance Hall as part of its continuing artists-in-residence activities. On Friday, March 1, the choir will give a presentation to UCA’s music education students from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Snow Fine Arts Recital Hall.
The Artist-in-Residence program is funded by UCA’s arts fee and is administered by the College of Fine Arts and Communication. For more information, call the Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, at 450-3293 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for the March 1 public concert, available at the UCA Ticket Central Box Office, range from $30-$40, $10 for children, and are free for UCA students with a current student I.D. (limit of two tickets). For tickets, call (501) 450-3265.