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First piece: A complement of Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra players join us for a haunting new look at the classic hymn Amazing Grace, reconceived and arranged by Jennifer Higdon. Beautiful! This opens the concert, so arrive a bit early to park!
Next: Too often, African-American compositions and players are underrepresented in classical music. The APO’s first concert of 2023 breaks new musical boundaries with this world-premiere. Floridian flutist Brian Dunbar plays composer Carlos Simon’s Movements for Flute and Orchestra.
Finale: With text from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Joseph Schwanter’s New Morning for the World: “Daybreak of Freedom” continues the evening’s theme of Game Changers in vital contemporary music.
JENNIFER HIGDON: Amazing Grace
CARLOS SIMON: Movements for Flute and Orchestra
JOSEPH SCHWANTNER: New Morning for the World: “Daybreak of Freedom”
Dr. Brian Dunbar, a native of St. Augustine, FL, enjoys performing as a soloist, orchestral performer, and chamber musician, in addition to his activities as a flute instructor. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from Louisiana State University and is the Assistant Professor of Flute at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.
Brian is an award-winning performer, and has performed with numerous orchestras internationally and throughout the United States, including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Acadiana Symphony, Dearborn Symphony, Battle Creek Symphony, and Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, in addition to other regional orchestras throughout the United States.
A native of Tulsa, OK Stephen Ivey, or "Professa" as his friends affectionately call him, comes from a rich lineage of preachers, musicians and singers, with a passion for empowering young people to live out their passions and find their purpose. Stephen describes himself as "a preacher who is musically gifted."
Today, Stephen is also a songwriter/producer, specializing in "creative expressions of all kinds to reach the soul of all kinds". through Ivey League Productions. The company has since released three albums, 1 EP, and three singles; and is currently working on releasing new music this year. Previously, Stephen has alo been priveleged to spend a year as adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas, leading the University's Gospel Choir, The Inspirational Chorale.