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Pagosa Springs is in for a rare treat on Tuesday, March 19, when the Cathedral Choir from John Brown University comes to perform in Pagosa Springs at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church.
The 7 p.m. concert will be performed by 50 singers from the university, which is located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Siloam Springs, Ark.
The choir, under the direction of Paul Smith, is the university’s most prestigious music ensemble and has toured all over the United States and in Northern Ireland. In 2011, the Cathedral Choir recorded a CD in Belfast, Northern Ireland, at the famed St. Mark’s Cathedral, home church of C.S. Lewis. The CD will be on sale at each of the choir’s appearances.
“The choir is known for their extensive repertoire of a capella music, a style not well known in Ireland,” Smith said. “Listeners were extremely interested in the fact that a choir could sing beautiful six-to-eight part music that blended in pitch and tone color completed by rich lyrics.”
John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked first among Southern regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report and is listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes. JBU enrolls more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 44 countries. JBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
“We are very excited to have this excellent choral group come to Pagosa Springs and perform at St. Patrick’s,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “It is a privilege to host this wonderful group of young musicians. It is especially meaningful to me, because my sister lives in Siloam Springs where the university is located. The quality of the music program at JBU has been known to me for a long time. What a special treat it will be to have them here.”
The concert will be the last stop in a concert tour that includes stops in New Mexico. The director, Paul Smith, had been to Pagosa Springs on vacation and had worshipped at St. Patrick’s while he was here. He decided that it would be the perfect end to their tour to be able to sing in this lovely town. The students will enjoy some skiing as an extra bonus on their trip.