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An Evening of Negro Spirituals at the Caine Performance Hall

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LOGAN — Raymond Tymas-Jones, dean of the College of Fine Arts and associate vice president for the arts at the University of Utah, performs in Logan Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Caine Performance Hall as part of the Caine College of the Arts’ Visiting Artists and Scholars Series at Utah State University. 

Tymas-Jones, a tenor, will perform a collection of Negro spirituals that celebrate the legacy and contributions of the music to American culture.

Tymas-Jones told the “Salt Lake Tribune” that he uses the term “Negro spirituals” to distinguish them from the “white spirituals” sung in regions such as Appalachia.

“Negro spirituals really came out of slavery,” he said. “Spirituals are the predecessor of gospel music, blues and jazz.”

He has previously performed everywhere from the Connecticut Opera to Russia and France while keeping his busy schedule at the University of Utah. Tymas-Jones received the Utah Cultural Alliance’s 2014 Achievement Award, serves on the President’s Academic Leadership Team and as a board member of Equality Utah.

“The Caine College of the Arts’ Visiting Artists and Scholars Series provides the opportunity to bring world-class entertainment to our students,” Craig Jessop, dean of the Caine College of the Arts, said. “We’re very fortunate to have Dean Tymas-Jones share this concert of Negro spirituals with our students and the public.”

Tymas-Jones will be accompanied by pianist Paul Dorgan. Dorgan performs frequently in the Temple Square Recital Series and in the NOVA Chamber Music Series and has toured in Ireland, London, Paris, Italy, Switzerland and Brazil. Dorgan currently works with the Utah Opera and is and adjunct professor of music at the University of Utah.

Tickets for the USU performance are $10 adults, $8 seniors/youth, $5 USU faculty/staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information contact the CCA Box Office located in room L101 of the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, call 435-797-8022 or see the college’s website (cca.usu.edu).

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Writer: Whitney Schulte, CCA Production Services, for USU Public Relations and Marketing, 02/01/16

Photo: (Music-RTJ-Spirituals_sized) Raymond Tymas-Jones, dean of the College of Fine Arts and associate vice president for the arts at the University of Utah, performs Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Caine Performance Hall as part of the Caine College of the Arts’ Visiting Artists and Scholars Series at Utah State University. 


Contact information: Patrick Williams, Utah State University - MST, 0500 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322-0500