Vocal arts ensemble to perform 'Songs of Freedom'

The Vocal Arts Ensemble will hold a spring concert at noon April 13 in the Studio Theater of Blaisdell Hall.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the university's Spectrum series. A light lunch will be served as part of the event.

“We will be doing a program entitled 'Songs of Freedom,' a selection of musical works that explore the struggle for and value of freedom in all its manifestations,” said Dr. Joshua Groffman, assistant professor of music and director of the group.

“We'll do a mixture of pieces from different styles, including popular music selections by Irving Berlin (composser of 'God Bless Ameria'), Imogen Heap, and Bob Marley, folk songs, and classical works.”

The ensemble, which reherses regularly throughout the academic year, will also travel to Buffalo, New York, to perform the same program at the Ellicott Square Building. 

Solos will be performed by Anne Frick, a psychology major from Bradford; Falon Ljunggren, an interdisciplinary arts and accounting major from Orem, Utah; Brooke Imbriale, an interdisciplinary arts major from Beaver Falls; Lanessa Hickman, a history-political science major from Lees Summit, Missouri; Juhana Mbassa, an undecided student from Philadelphia; and Eduardo Gonzalez, an undecided student from Sugar Hill, Georgia.

Piano accompaniment will be provided by Scott Reed Jr., winner of this year's Robert C. Laing Creative Arts Award in music. He is an exercise science major from Philadelphia.