Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 31, 2004) - The John Brown University music department will host critically-acclaimed lyric tenor Paul Kirby, Sunday, April 4, at 3:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Ozarks. The performance is free and open to the public. The concert will include pieces by Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert, as well as modern classical pieces by Gabriel Fauré, Reynaldo Hahn, and Ralph Vaughan-Williams. Kirby, American-born, and now a resident of France, received his education at Blackburn College in Illinois and Boston University, where he pursued a master’s degree and diploma from the Opera Institute. While at Blackburn College, he was awarded the Mueller Humanities Fellowship, and at Boston University he won a Director's Award and the prestigious Kahn Career Entry Award. Kirby will be accompanied by JBU music department chair Dr. Linda L. Beckman. John Brown University is a top-tier university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.