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ACCOMPLISHED BRITISH A CAPELLA GROUP VOCES8 TO VISIT UCA

VOCES8 (left to right): Sam Dressel, tenor; Barnaby Smith, countertenor; Andrea Haines, soprano; Jonathan Pacey, bass; Emily Dickens, soprano; Chris Wardle, countertenor; Rob Clark, bass; and Blake Morgan, tenor.

VOCES8 (left to right): Sam Dressel, tenor; Barnaby Smith, countertenor; Andrea Haines, soprano; Jonathan Pacey, bass; Emily Dickens, soprano; Chris Wardle, countertenor; Rob Clark, bass; and Blake Morgan, tenor.

By Hanna Lowery
College of Fine Arts and Communication Media Office

CONWAY — The British choral ensemble VOCES8 will be on the University of Central Arkansas campus as Artists in Residence Nov. 9-10.

As part of the residency, the group will be in public concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 in Reynolds Performance Hall.

The group, formed in 2003, performs everything from Renaissance polyphony to modern jazz and pop. VOCES8 often collaborates with world-renowned composers and tours all over the world. They have performed at venues such as Royal Festival Hall, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House, National Concert Hall Taipei, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Dijon Opera House and Shanghai Concert Hall. The group has also appeared with the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic orchestras.

Amanda Horton, director of Reynolds, said she was “thrilled that these international artists will be not only performing for the Central Arkansas community but also sharing their expertise and talent with our students through a residency.”

Tickets for the public performance range from $27-$40. UCA students will be admitted free with valid student I.D.

Tickets may be purchased online uca.edu/publicappearances/night-out/voces-8/.

For additional information, contact Horton at (501) 450-3682 or AHorton@uca.edu.

As part of the residency, the octet will also hold vocal classes where UCA students and other local students can explore techniques and skills, including a presentation on professional opportunities for vocalists and ensembles; a VOCES8 Method masterclass for UCA and high school choral students; and a vocal techniques masterclass.

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 about the program, call the Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication, at 501-450-3293 or e-mail jdmiller@uca.edu.

The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Music, and Film, Theatre and Creative Writing as well as the School of Communication. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit www.uca.edu/cfac or call (501) 450-3293.