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October 24, 2008

Fundraising concert for Mac McClung ULM Choral Award scheduled at ULM Oct. 25

Appreciation for a grand music performance will go hand-in-hand with philanthropy, as acclaimed tenor Joey Evans delights audiences at a fundraising concert for the Mac McClung ULM Choral Award Saturday, Oct. 25, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall. Tickets are $10, with proceeds benefiting the Foundation fund.

Evans will be accompanied by ULM alumnus Russell Young (’85).

Evans, a vocal professor at the University of Houston, will also present a master class for ULM students Friday, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. in the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall.

He has appeared as leading tenor at La Scala, Ireland’s Wexford Festival, the New Israeli Opera, the English National Opera, the Welsh National Opera, the Opera de Nantes, Orleans, and Nancy, at La Fenice in Venice, Austria’s Bregenzer Festspiele, the Grand Theatre de Geneve in Switzerland, and at the New York City Opera.

One of his performances was recently hailed by French critics as “an interpretation of unequaled perfection. The American tenor is a magnificent artist, sensitive, expressive, intelligent, graced with a voice of great beauty, and one of the finest actors of this generation.”

Young, Evans’ accompanist, has appeared with many notable artists, including Kathleen Battle. He is also well known as a collaborative artist in chamber music and is a conductor. He received his master’s degree in music performance at ULM in 1985.

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