ASU Choir to Perform in Rector and Piggott

Thursday, October 17, 2013
The ASU choir in front of the high altar in the Vatican during their 2010 tour of Italy. The A-State choir has performed three times in New York's Carnegie Hall and once in Lincoln Centre.

Two special fundraiser concerts will be held Sunday, Oct. 20 in Clay County by the Arkansas State University Concert Choir. The choir will be performing at 10:15 a.m. Sunday morning during services at the First Baptist Church in Rector, and at 6 p.m. during evening services at the First Baptist Church of Piggott.

"The choir will present a variety of gospel songs, hymns and spirituals--and I'll lead the audience in some old hymns and newer praise songs," noted ASU choir director Dr. Dale Miller. "Several of the members will also sing sacred solos and duets, assisted by Luca Strazzullo, a staff pianist in the ASU Music Department."

Proceeds from the hour-long concert will benefit the ASU choir members who are raising funds to take part in a 10-day performance tour to Barcelona, Valencia, and Madrid, Spain, during Spring Break 2014. Although no admission fee will be charged, a freewill offering will be taken to help defray the students' travel expenses.

"I believe that travel to significant musical destinations allows our ASU students to have first-hand experience performing the great music of the world in world-class concert halls and historic churches," Miller said of the bi-annual trips. "In addition to the Italy trip, we performed with the Krakow, Poland Opera Orchestra in 2006. On every trip we've had some university funds, some donations, and some fundraising to help the students who committed to the trip and the fundraising efforts."

Choral selections slated for Sunday's performances will include hymns and spirituals by Moses Hogan, "Ride the Chariot," Cert'nly Lawd" and "I Surrender All", as well as a spiritual arrangement by Vicki Courtney titled "I'm a Sinner Man." "Celebrate Music" by Joseph Martin and "Ave Maria" by Spanish composer Javier Busto will also be on the program. Miller indicated soloists and small groups from the choir will sing as well.

Dr. Miller noted the public is invited and encouraged to attend. He also indicated several spots were still available on the trip, and encouraged interested potential travelers to contact him at 870 972-3841 or by email at

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