The Concert Choir will be there. The Wind Ensemble will, too.
In fact, all of the Southern University Music Department’s concert ensembles will be performing on Friday, May 3, at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church.
Throw in a few solos by the department’s vocal and piano professors, and you have the music department’s Potpourri: The Sounds of Spring concert.
“This is a gala concert, and it’s a celebration,” Charles Lloyd said.
Lloyd is professor in the music department and director of the Concert Choir. There have been plenty of students participating in the choir, as well as the department’s other groups in the last two years, but new students have not been able to pursue a major in music.
“The Board of Regents did away with the curriculum, because they said we didn’t have a good completion rate,” Lloyd said. “So, we haven’t had a music curriculum in the last two years, and it was scary.”
But that fear has since subsided. The curriculum has been restored.
“So, we’re celebrating,” Lloyd said. “This concert celebrates the fact that our program is back, and we’d like to make this an annual event.”
The concert not only will feature Southern’s Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble but also the Symphonic Band, the Opera Workshop and the Jazz Ensemble.
Southern professors Richard Hobgood and Jaquelyn Paige-Green will perform vocal solos, and Joao Paulo Casarotti will perform a piano solo.
“The choir and jazz ensemble are going to do a tribute to Duke Ellington,” Lloyd said. “I haven’t decided which Ellington songs we’ll be singing, so I won’t talk about the songs yet.”
But anything by Ellington surely will meet the audience’s approval.
The gala concert also is a fundraiser for the music department, which has produced a souvenir program to be sold at the door. Proceeds from ticket and program sales will be used for scholarships, instrument repair and other improvements in the department.
But this isn’t Southern’s only scheduled music event during the week.
The spring concert will be preceded by the Concert Choir’s Spring Concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the DeBose Recital Hall on campus. That will be followed by a faculty piano recital by Casarotti at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, also in the DeBose Recital Hall. And a student piano recital is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in DeBose.
Finally, the “Potpourri” spring fundraiser will serve as the grand finale.
“Our students are excited about this event,” Director of Bands Lawrence Jackson said. “This should be a fun engagement for everyone.”