Vesper Choir to perform at HBCU concert


The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Vesper Choir will be one of four choirs performing for the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Scholarship and Recruitment Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Camden Fairview Middle School.

The event is sponsored by the Camden Chapter of the UAPB/AM&N Alumni Association and Ouachita County Ministerial Alliance and is a free public concert. Proceeds of the concert will benefit area students that attend or plan to attend an HBCU throughout Arkansas and the Delta.

The Vesper Choir is the select singing ensemble at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The choir has been in existence for more than 70 years, having been organized by professor Ariel Lovelace in the 1940s. Professor Shelton McGee conducted the Vesper Choir for more than 40 years before his passing in 1999.

Michael J. Bates, interim chair of the UAPB Music Department and professor of music, has conducted the Vesper Choir since 1999. Since that time the Vesper Choir has continued the tradition of performing choral music of the highest quality. In addition to annual performance tours that have taken the choir across this country, in 2006 the Vesper Choir toured Italy and performed concerts in Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan, including performances at the Vatican and at historic St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice.

For more information about the event, call 870-575-7001.