Harding University Presents Faculty Voice Recital Jan 19

The Harding University Department of Music will present to the public a faculty voice recital featuring “Arthur Shearin and Friends” on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Reynolds Center Recital Hall. 

Performers will include Professor of Music Arthur Shearin, baritone; Assistant Professor and Chair of the Music Department Kelly Neill, tenor; Instructor of Music Laura Eads, soprano; and Instructor of Music Susan Shirel, soprano. Piano accompanists are Associate Professor of Music Scott Carrell and Instructor of Music Lis Jones. For the first time in Harding’s history, all six of its full-time voice and piano faculty hold master’s or doctoral degrees in their respective performance areas.   “This collaboration with my colleagues is special to me,” Shearin said. “Returning to full-time teaching a couple of years ago has allowed me to get back into more concentrated voice studio work.” 

The first half of the program begins with the ensemble performing Mozart’s familiar motet “Ave verum corpus.“ The remaining numbers in the first half of the recital primarily feature Shearin, with a selection each from Haydn’s “The Seasons” and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah;” Brahms’s “Four Serious Songs” (set to Old Testament texts); and, with Neill, the tenor-baritone duet from Bizet’s opera “The Pearlfishers.”

The second half will feature selections from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera.” The recital is free and open to the general public. For more information, contact the music department at 501-279-4343. 

 For more information visit www.harding.edu.