Baritone Scott Bearden will perform as the featured soloist with the University of Arkansas at Monticello concert choir in the ensemble’s fall concert December 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the UAM Fine Arts Center auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.
Bearden, winner of the 2008 Irene Dalis Vocal Competition and the 2007 Chester Ludgin American Verdi Baritone Competition, will perform selections from Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah. The UAM choir will perform the entire oratorio on April 25 with the Arkansas Choral Society, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and soloists, including Bearden, at Christ the King Catholic Church in Little Rock.
Other selections to be performed at the December 3 concert include selections by Orlando di Lasso, Carl Orff, Mack Wilberg, and works to honor the centennial of composer Benjamin Britten, including his short cantata Rejoice in the Lamb.
Bearden’s 2013 performances have included portraying the title character in Verdi’s Falstaff with Opera San Jose. The season began with performances of Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West with the Knoxville Opera and continued with an appearance at The Sanibel Island Music Festival, and performances as Satan in a jazz opera, Omnia ad dei Gloriam, as part of the New York Music Theater Festival.
Performances in 2012 included Scarpia in Tosca with Opera New Jersey, Iago in Otello with the Knoxville Opera and Zambri in Rossini’s Ciro in Babilonia at the Caramoor Festival.
The UAM concert choir is under the direction of Dr. Kent Skinner, director of choral activities.