President's Concert soloists announced

— From left: Casey Williams, Aaron Schaefer, Hunter Mabery, Josiah Burns, Bobby Humphries, Kenneth Harris, Zaquary Hale.

Henderson State University’s Department of Music will present its annual President’s Concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Russell Fine Arts Harwood Recital Hall.  The program features student soloists selected as winners of a competition in November.

“The opportunity for some of our best students to perform solo works accompanied by an orchestra, including members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, is one of the highlights of our entire year,” said Dr. Steve Becraft, coordinator of the competition. 

Soloists include: Bobby Humphries, a percussionist from Everton, who will perform a marimba transcription of the Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso; Casey Williams, a tenor from Malvern, will perform “Una furtiva lagrima” from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore; Hunter Mabery, a pianist from Murfreesboro, will perform the first movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor; Kenneth Harris, a tubist from Texarkana, Texas, will perform a transcription of Capuzzi’s Concerto for Double Bass; and Aaron Schaefer, a tubist from Navasota, Texas, will perform The Carnival of Venice

Competition judges also awarded honorable mentions to Josiah Burns, a baritone from Van Buren, and Zaquary Hale, a flutist from Bryant.

The concert will honor Dorothy Morris of Hot Springs, CEO of the Morris Foundation, and a supporter of the arts.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Becraft at 230-5412 or