Renowned Tenor to Perform at JBU

Siloam Springs, Ark. (October 1, 2007) — John Brown University’s music department will present an evening of music featuring renowned tenor Arnold Rawls on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Ozarks located on JBU’s main campus. This concert is free and open to the public. Rawls has delighted audiences with his unique combination of vocal and dramatic skills in performances ranging from art song to opera. He has been hailed for having a powerful, clarion-sounding tenor and a firm, pliant lyric tenor with ringing high notes as well as a flair for acting. In the current season Rawls sings Radames in Aida with Opera Omaha and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Cavaradossi in Tosca with Florida Grand Opera, Sam in Susannah with Opera Pacific, and covers the role of Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut with The Metropolitan Opera. He will be heard in the role of San-Lui in Franco Leoni's L'Oracolo with the Teatro Grattacielo in New York City's Avery Fisher Hall, and he will participate in a gala concert with the Abilene Symphony as well as the Beethoven 9th Symphony with the Southwest Florida Symphony. Rawls is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the University of Oklahoma where he earned the doctorate of musical arts. He serves as artist in residence/professor at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Rawls appears courtesy of Mirshak Artist Management, New York. John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked fourth by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 42 states and 49 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’s Independent Colleges & Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.