The Music Department at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is presenting two uniquely different performances in April -- a vocal performance workshop on April 22 and a jazz night on April 24 -- at UAFS at Second Street, 101 N. 2nd St.
The Vocal Performance Workshop will include a series of vignettes from Broadway musicals, and the UAFS Jazz Band and Jazz Catz will perform a repertoire of jazz selections. Both performances, which are free and open to the public, begin at 7:30 p.m.
April 22 -- Vocal Performance Workshop:
The Vocal Performance Workshop on April 22 will be directed by George Mann of Fort Smith, UAFS adjunct professor of music appreciation. Students will present the culmination of their semester's efforts in a program titled “Broadway Classics -- Yonder ’til Yet.”
Mann said this series of vignettes reaches back to the 1950s with songs from “The Sound of Music” and extends to modern favorites like “Wicked,” “Chicago” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Other musicals represented include “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Ragtime” and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”
“Each vignette provides only a morsel from each show,” said Mann, “just enough to entice the listener to want to make a trip to Broadway.”
April 24 -- Jazz Night:
Jazz Night on April 24 combines the talents of the UAFS Jazz Band and the Jazz Catz vocal group.
The Jazz Band will perform an assortment of jazz favorites in styles ranging from gospel to swing to Latin, according to director Dr. Matt Vangjel of Fort Smith, assistant professor of music (high brass).
“Jazz Night is a fun concert for the students,” said Vangjel. “It gives us a chance to play a few new tunes and have one last performance of some student favorites from this year.”
Don Bailey of Fort Smith, director of jazz studies, will direct the Jazz Catz, both as a group and in solo and duet student performances. Selections for the Catz include “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “All the Cats Join In.” Additionally, Bailey will perform a featured number on the saxophone.
According to Bailey, the Catz always look forward to joining the Band “for a fun evening of jazz.”
Both directors said they like the off-campus venue of UAFS at Second Street.
“We always enjoy performing at Second Street,” Bailey said. “It's a great venue, and it brings our show into the heart of downtown Fort Smith.”
“Second Street is a great place for us to play,” he said. “The atmosphere is intimate, laid back, and fun. What could be more perfect for a jazz concert?”
For more info about either of these events, contact the UAFS Department of Music at 479-788-7558.