Tribute to Nelson Mandela to Highlight Vocal Music Concert at UNC Asheville

College students and senior citizens will join together in a concert highlighted by a musical tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, in UNC Asheville’s Lipinsky Auditorium.

UNC Asheville’s University Singers – known for their annual holiday performances at the White House – will perform under the direction of Melodie Galloway, associate professor of music. The Studio 18 Jazz Vocal Ensemble, featuring UNC Asheville student voices, will be directed by Wendy Jones. Chuck Taft will direct the Reuter Center Singers, the community choir of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute OLLI) at UNC Asheville.

The Mandela tribute will feature songs from South Africa, including “Freedom is in Your Hand” and “Horizons.” The singers will also perform “A Little Jazz Mass” by Bob Chilcott, with accompaniment by pianist Bill Bares, bassist James Simmons and percussionist Matthew Richmond, all members of UNC Asheville’s music faculty.

Admission is $5 at the door. For information about upcoming concerts, visit the Department of Music website. And for more about the Reuter Center Singers, including how to join, visit the choir's web page on the OLLI website.