By Kasiana Pettus
College of Fine Arts and Communication Office

The Hevreh Ensemble will perform Tuesday, March 12 as a part of its residency on the University of Central Arkansas campus. The concert, free and open to the public, is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

Hevreh is Hebrew for “circle of friends,” and the chamber musicians in Hevreh Ensemble are all classical musicians trained at the Julliard Conservatory of Music, Manhattan School of Music, SUNY Stony Brook, Brooklyn College, and the Jerusalem Conservatory in Israel.

Based in New York City, The Hevreh Ensemble performs original contemporary pieces by group member and composer Jeff Alder. The original compositions feature religious, racial tolerance, environmental sustainability and world peace themes.

“The Hevreh Ensemble’s masterful blend and knowledge of classical, jazz, and world music has the power to bring people together,” said Dr. Lorraine Duso Kitts, music professor of double reeds at UCA.

The Ensemble recently returned from an Eastern European tour, where they performed in Poland, the Czech Republic, Netherlands, Austria, and Germany. For more information, visit https://www.hevrehensemble.com/.

Other Hevreh Ensemble activities during the two-day residency include:

  • 10 a.m., March 12: Musical workshop for fourth and fifth graders from Springhill Elementary’s VIP after-school program in Greenbrier;

  • 1:40 p.m., March 12: “Discussion of the Native American Flute” in Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall;

  • 1:40 p.m., March 12: Piano Improvisation Class with UCA’s Dr. Neil Rutman, professor of piano, in Snow Fine Arts Center room 304;

  • 6 p.m., March 12: VIP rehearsal in Snow Fine Arts Center Recital, open to the public;

  • 10 a.m., March 13: Demonstration and lecture on “Diversity of Music” in STARS Residential College, UCA’s Short/Denny Hall;

  • Noon, March 13: Composition Class with UCA’s Dr. Paul Dickinson, professor of composition, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital room 302;

  • 1 p.m., March 13: Lunch with students that includes an informal Q&A discussion, UCA’s Christian Cafeteria;

  • 2 p.m., March 13: Woodwind Lecture in collaboration with UCA’s Dr. Carolyn Brown, professor of flute, and Dr. Kelly Johnson, professor of clarinet, Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

For more information, contact Kitts at (501) 450-5769 or lduso@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 uca.edu/cfac or call (501) 450-3293.‬