André Chiang, baritone
Winner of the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition and the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards Competition.
Admission is free. Arts Engagement credit can be received for this performance.
Touted by the Oregonian as “vocally commanding”, baritone André Chiang brings his lyrical voice to repertoire spanning from G.F. Handel to Phillip Glass. Mr. Chiang’s recent engagements include Schaunard in La bohème with Mobile Opera, Charlie in Three Decembers with Painted Sky Opera, Escamillo in La tragédie de Carmen with Louisiana Opera, Belcore in L’elisir d’amore with Opera Birmingham, and King Melchior in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opéra Louisiane.
Along with his stage work, he is equally comfortable in recital and concert. These credits include “A Romantic Evening” with La Grange Symphony Orchestra, an orchestrated concert of Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel under the baton of George Manahan, baritone soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Richmond Symphony, baritone soloist in Carmina Burana with the New Orleans Symphony Chorus. Mr. Chiang was a Regional Finalist for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the La Grange Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition Winner, finalist in the Liederkranz Art Song/Lieder competition, winner of the Grand Concours de Chant for French song, winner of the Eisenberg–Fried Concerto Competition for Voice at the Manhattan School of Music, winner of the 59th National Federation of Music Clubs 2017 Biennial Young Artist Competition in Men’s Voice, which has sent him around the nation singing at state-wide and national conferences for the NFMC, a 2018 National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern mentored by Dr. Brian Gill of Indiana University, and winner of the 45th National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards Competition.
Mr. Chiang completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of South Alabama and his Master of Music degree at the Manhattan School of Music. He is currently residing in Baton Rouge, LA and studies with Dennis Jesse, Associate Professor of Voice, at Louisiana State University in pursuit of a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance.
Alpha Psi Omega will set up in Verser Lobby and have shoes, clothes, and other various things out to be sold to students. It will be set up kind of like a thrift store in that things won’t be priced too high, but affordable and appeals to the buyer for either TWIRP week or just something they might want in their closet.
The Bob Boyd Sounds In Concert
“A Tribute to the Great American Songbook”
Admission is free. Arts Engagement credit can be received for this performance
With the renewal of interest in music of the Swing and Big Band Era, The Bob Boyd Sounds are having the time of their lives playing and singing songs from the thirties through the nineties. Word has gotten around that these four guys will knock you out when they play music of the big bands. All four of the members sing, solo and in harmony, music from Sinatra, the Four Freshmen and the Modernaires, to Stevie Wonder! They play smooth, listenable jazz, if you can manage to keep your feet still. But when they play, unlike much jazz, in their music you can always recognize the melody!
The leader of the band Bob Boyd says, “All four of us are bandleaders in our own right. But the sum is greater than the parts. We have played together so much that we can anticipate each other’s every move, every note. The joy in playing I first had is back! I enjoy writing vocal arrangements for us. I look forward to every concert, to every tune. Sometimes all our new ideas just tumble over each other in exuberance. Jazz began as fun music and we have put the fun back into it.”
“Everyone tends to want to classify or pigeonhole a band as playing a particular style of music. So far, we have successfully resisted that. We have presented Dixieland, Cajun, Polka, Mariachi, Italian, Irish and Western Swing-style band shows. But most of the time, we play a mix of popular standards, swing and popular jazz from all the decades. All four of us sing lead on some tunes, and we present many tunes in 4 part harmony, a la the Four Freshmen (‘Its A Blue World’) or Manhattan Transfer (‘Tuxedo Junction.’).”
Fall Break is a great time to get away from the craziness and rest in God’s creation. Spend the weekend camping and relaxing at Petit Jean State Park. We will hike to a cool waterfall and some cave paintings and spend a day rock climbing as well.
Date: Thursday-Saturday, October 4-6, 2018
Place: Petit Jean State Park
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 2, midnight
What to Bring: Download the Fall Break Packing List
Meeting Place/Time: SPEC parking lot outside Climbing and Rental Center / Thursday 9:00am
Program End Time: Saturday approximately 5:00pm