The Department of Music at Southwest Baptist University will present its Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 1 in Pike Auditorium. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Masterworks, the department’s massed choirs and orchestra will present Requiem (K. 626) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Since 1965, the Masterworks presentation annually provides southwest Missouri audiences the opportunity to experience musical works that are best presented by the combined efforts of SBU, its music department and the community. The repertoire has included the great classics, unfamiliar pearls and significant modern compositions.
Featured soloists include Dr. Kathy Brown, soprano; Dr. Paula Patterson, alto; Dr. Andrew Campbell, tenor; and Dr. Chris A. Thompson, baritone. Dr. James R. Tarrant, professor of music and director of choral studies, is musical director for the event.
Dr. Kathy Brown currently serves as professor of music at SBU and coordinator of the applied voice area. She has studied with notable figures such as Caterina Micieli, Elizabeth Mannion, Martha Lipton, Anna Boynton, Martha Longmire and Ted Harris. She has been a clinician for Missouri public schools and the Missouri Baptist Convention. Her voice students have won competitions sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Missouri Music Teachers Association. Her book, “Lotte Lehmann in America: A Legacy of Singing Artistry,” was published by the College Music Society. Dr. Brown serves as organist of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church of Bolivar.
Dr. Andrew Campbell currently serves as associate professor of music at SBU and directs the SBU Concert Choir and Bolivar Community Choir. In addition to serving as orchestra conductor for SBU’s musical and opera productions, he is an active tenor soloist and has performed numerous works with orchestra.
Dr. Patterson has performed leading roles with numerous opera companies including the Spanish National Opera in Madrid, Ohio Light Opera, Texas Opera Theatre in Houston, Opera Carolina in Charlotte, Opera Iowa, and Heartland Opera Theater in Joplin. In recent years, he has performed solo recitals in Qingdao, China; Oswego, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Memphis, Tennessee; and Bowling Green, Ohio. Other concerts include solos with the Springfield Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks, and the Ozarks Chorale in Arkansas, as well as with various student performing groups of Southwest Baptist University and Evangel University. Dr. Patterson is associate professor of voice at Missouri State University and music director at Grace United Methodist of Springfield.
Dr. Chris A. Thompson has performed leading lyric baritone roles across the United States and England ranging from Figaro in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” to the title role in “Elijah” to Carl Magnus in “A Little Night Music.” He made his Carnegie Hall debut in January 2012 singing “Posh,” a song cycle by composer Mohammed Fairouz. He has appeared in several world premieres, including “Guest from the Future,” “The Scrimshaw Violin,” “Box and Cox,” and “Hester Prynne at Death.” In addition, Dr. Thompson made his Off-Broadway debut in Fermat’s “Last Tango.” He served as director of opera and musical theatre at the University of Idaho, and presently serves as coordinator of vocal studies at Missouri State University.
The first of two retirement receptions for Dr. Kathy Brown and her husband, Dr. William (Bill) Brown, SBU provost, will take place after the Masterworks Concert. This reception, hosted by the Department of Music, honors their 35 years of service and will be held in the Sixth Man Club in Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness Center.