Harding University to present free concerts in April

The Harding University Department of Music will present free concerts in April, including Chorus and Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Band, and Symphonic Band.

Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m., Chorus and Orchestra, Administration Auditorium

The Chorus will perform Brahm’s “Eine Deutsches Requiem” in English. The chorus performed this piece in February with 200 other singers and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. The last time the University Chorus and Orchestra performed this piece on campus was in 1983. Mike Chance, the director of Harding Orchestra, is preparing the two groups for their performance, and Dr. Cliff Ganus will be directing.

Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m., Percussion Ensemble, Reynolds Recital Hall

Under direction of Dr. Wesley Parker, this ensemble will showcase percussion instruments exclusively and cover a variety of musical styles. The concert repertoire includes pieces with varying percussion instruments such as “Stubernic,” which will feature three percussionists performing on marimba, and “Wired,” which will feature four percussionists playing 51 different instruments.

Friday, April 15, 7 p.m., Jazz Band, Reynolds Recital Hall ­­

Under the direction of Dr. Andrew Cook, the Jazz Band performs blues, swing, Latin, funk and contemporary styles at campus concerts and area jazz festivals. The group was featured last month in Spring Sing, the University’s musical variety show, which draws more than 10,000 audience members to multiple performances.

Saturday, April 16, 1 p.m., Symphonic Band, Reynolds Recital Hall

Comprised of around 20 students from various majors, the Symphonic Band will perform music from W. A. Mozart, Georges Bizet, Leonard Bernstein and John Williams.

All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the department of music at 501-279-4343.

Harding is the largest private university in Arkansas and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report for the 22nd consecutive year as a top 25 school in the South. Harding also maintains study abroad programs in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information visit www.harding.edu.