AU SMTD presents virtual Evening of Excellence

Anderson University’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance (SMTD) will virtually present Evening of Excellence on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. The beautiful performances can be viewed via YouTube and Facebook

Amid the numerous postponements and cancellations of concerts and events due to the coronavirus, the SMTD has worked diligently to ensure that the show must go on. The special event will feature student performances and awards, including performances from two vocalists who were the winners of AU’s Concerto Aria Competition just one month before the pandemic was declared. Both vocalists will be accompanied by a virtual orchestra made up of music faculty performing the orchestra parts and conducted by Dr. Richard Sowers.

Hannah Knop (soprano), sophomore performance major, will perform Mozart’s “Porgi amor” from Le Nozze di Figaro and Puccini’s “Se come voi” from Le Villi with the virtual orchestra. Senior vocal student, Tim Blaisdell (bass), will perform Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The Roadside Fire” from Songs of Travel and Verdi’s “Il lacerato spirit” from Simon Boccanegra. Blaisdell is also this year’s winner of AU’s Composition Competition, and his original work, “Songs of Late Night Pondering,” will be performed by Ben Elliott (baritone), and Rebecca Edie (piano). Throughout the evening, students will be inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and faculty from AU’s SMTD will announce academic and scholarship awards for outstanding students.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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