By John Anderson
College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

CONWAY—The University of Central Arkansas Choir and Chamber Singers will present A Homecoming Concert welcoming new UCA President Houston Davis Thursday, Oct. 26.

The performance, set for 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall, is free and open to the public.

John Erwin, associate professor and director of choral activities at UCA, said the choirs — auditioned ensembles that have garnered international acclaim — were excited to perform in honor of Davis, whose investiture as 11th president of the university will be Thursday, Oct. 26. The concert will also celebrate the investiture.

“The program will be an expansive double choir composition by Jacob Handl titled ‘Pater Noster’ from the Renaissance; a stunning eight-part piece by Antonio Lotti, ‘Crucifixus’ from the Baroque era; a Romantic Motet, ‘Locus iste’ by Anton Bruckner and contemporary works by Frederick Sixten, Karl Jenkins and Part Oosberg,” Erwin said. “At the Investiture service, the choir will sing ‘Simple Gifts’, arranged by Bob Chilcott, and ‘Prayer’ by Morten Lauridsen — both pieces the choir will repeat at the evening concert. The choir will end the concert with a set of comical settings by Norman Loboff, a moving South African song, ‘Indodana,’ and ‘Rocka My Soul’.”

For more information, contact Erwin at 501-450-5757 or

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