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African-American Songs & Spirituals Concert part of ASU’s BHM Celebration

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In celebration of Black History Month, the Department of Music at Alabama State University is sponsoring its second annual African-American Art Songs and Spirituals Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Recital Hall of Tullibody Music Building on ASU campus.

The concert is free and open to the public.

A reception with refreshments will immediately follow the concert in the lobby of the Tullibody Music Hall. Performers will be on hand at the reception.  

The collection of art songs and spirituals by African-American composers offers faculty and student singers and performers from the Department of Music a rich trove of fresh new repertoire to present to the audience.

​The concert is coordinated by Dr. Cordelia Anderson, ASU assistant professor of Voice, and Tyrone Hayes, ASU instructor of Voice.

About Dr. Cordelia Anderson

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Anderson earned a B.A. in vocal performance from Alabama State University, M.M. in vocal performance from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a D.M.A. in vocal performance from The University of Nevada Las Vegas.

As an outstanding lecturer and performer in operatic and African-American music, Anderson has had the honor to perform for the unveiling of the U.S. stamp of world renowned opera singer, Marian Anderson, and she’s also a three-time winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singers Vocal Competition for the Alabama chapter and Cal-Western Region. She has toured the world performing operas and African-American art song and spirituals. Those countries include China, Europe (Graz, Austria) and recently Spain.

She has conducted master classes in Denia, Spain, on many genres of music: opera/classical, gospel, jazz, blues, etc.

The roles that Anderson has performed include Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Suor Angelica in Suor Angelica, Lakme’ in Lakme’ (Flower Duet Scene), Madama Butterfly in Madama Butterfly (Flower Duet Scene), Fiordiligi in Cozi Fan Tutte (Duet Scene). On the concert stage she has been a soloist for Handel Messiah, John Rutter Requiem, Dubois Seven Last Words, and Mendelssohn Elijah.

About Tyrone Hayes

Hayes is a native of New Orleans. He is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in voice performance and pedagogy at the University of Southern Mississippi. He received his master’s degree in voice performance from Southeastern Louisiana University and bachelor's degree in music from the University of New Orleans. His teachers include Dr. Maryann Kyle, Dr. David Bernard and Dr. Valerie Francis. He has worked with vocal coaches Carol Rausch, Janna Ernst, Wayne Wyman, Dr. Jeffrey Peterson and Jerome Shannon.

Roles that Hayes, a baritone, has performed include Marcello in La Bohème, Renato in Un Ballo in Maschera, Count Monterone, the title role in Rigoletto, the title role Gianni Schicchi, Tonio in I Pagliacci, The Wolf in Seymour Barab's Little Red Riding Hood, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and Dr. Bartolo in The Barber of Seville. On the concert stage he has been a soloist in the premiere of Edwin Penhorwood's An American Requiem, Faure's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, and Charpentier's Christmas Oratorio.

For more information, call the Department of Music at 334-229-4341.

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