ASU-Beebe:  Guest Musician to Present Concert

Feb 7th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Entertainment

The Arkansas State University-Beebe Music Department will sponsor guest musician Dr. Ken Bohannon on Monday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Building Lecture Hall on the Beebe campus. The concert is open and free to the public.

Bringing more than 30 years of professional experience to the stage, Dr. Bohannon has put together a recital that reflects not only where he has been as a vocalist, but offers hints toward the future. “Opera is my first love,” Bohannon says, “but I also enjoy the challenges of musical theater and contemporary music as well….With so many musical riches available to the modern performer, it’s hard to stay chained to just one.”

The performance will feature “Bella siccome un angelo,” (or Beautiful as an Angel) from Gaetano Donizetti’s comic opera, Don Pasquale. Bohannon first performed the aria – or song—with the Sarasota Opera Company. Also slated is, “O better far to live and die” from Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, a piece Bohannon first performed with the Brown County Community Theater of Knoxville. The recital will also feature songs composed by Claude Debussy, Gabriel Faure and Alessandro Scarlatti among others.

Bohannon, an associate professor of music at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO), will be accompanied on piano by Dr. Stephen Weber, professor of music and chair of the arts and humanities division at USAO. The duo is also scheduled to present material composed by Weber, including selections from The Unofficial Guide to Above-Average Singing Quips, Quotes and Quibbles. This piece takes short quotes about music from composers and other creative people and turns them into short but memorable songs.

Bohannon previously taught music at Lyon College in Batesville and Harding University in Searcy.  He earned a doctorate degree in music from Indiana University and has been a member of the USAO faculty since 1995, where he also serves as coordinator for the music department and the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series.

The Feb. 11 performance at ASU-Beebe is part of the faculty talent exchange program. Dr. Brent Bristow, director of bands and associate professor of music at ASU-Beebe, is slated to perform at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on March 25.

The Science Building is located at 300 Peach Street in Beebe. For more information, call (501) 882-8951 or visit the ASU-Beebe web site at