Composer/Arranger Uzee Brown to Perform October 14 at JBU

Siloam Springs, Ark (September 18, 2001) - As part of its 2001/02 Lyceum Series, John Brown University presents an evening with composer and arranger, Uzee Brown Jr. The recital, free to the public, will be held Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. on the JBU campus in the Jones Recital Hall. Operatic selections including the artist’s own compositions will be featured.

Uzee Brown Jr. has appeared in numerous recitals, oratorios, opera’s and musical theater performances throughout the Southeast. His engagements include masterclasses, workshops and recitals of African-American music from work songs and spirituals to art songs.

One of Dr. Brown’s most recent compositions, a cantata for three female voices entitled “Women of the Fire” premiered at the Lincoln Center, NY last year. He was commissioned to write the musical prologue for Spike Lee’s SCHOOL DAZE, and his numerous awards and accomplishments reflect an artist whose talents are respected among a diverse audience.

Mr. Brown, a native of Cowpens, South Carolina, completed his undergraduate work at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He went on to receive the M.M. degree in composition from Bowling Green State University and the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in performance from the University of Michigan. Now a resident of Atlanta, GA, Brown serves as Chair of the Department of Music at Morehouse College and President of the National Association of Negro Musicians.

This is a Heartland Arts Fund program. The Heartland Arts Fund is a collaborative venture of Mid-America Arts Alliance, Arts Midwest, and the Arkansas Arts Council, with primary funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and support from private contributors.

Dr. Brown’s arrangements and compositions are published with Warner Brothers Publishing Company and Roger Dean Publishing Company.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,500 students from 46 states and 30 countries. JBU is a member of the Arkansas Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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