ABAC gears up for a musical week

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ABAC music faculty, voice majors, and special guests will perform “A Night of Broadway Music” on the campus of ABAC on Tuesday. The First Tuesday concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths.

Special photo ABAC music faculty, voice majors, and special guests will perform “A Night of Broadway Music” on the campus of ABAC on Tuesday. The First Tuesday concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths.

Staff Reports


TIFTON — Music faculty and voice majors at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will combine with some special guests to perform “A Night of Broadway Music” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the final First Tuesday concert of the academic year at the Chapel of All Faiths.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, the 76 members of ABAC’s Concert Choir, along with the college’s Chamber Singers and Jazz Choir, will perform songs ranging from classics by Brahms to a couple of toe-tapping jazz tunes at Howard Auditorium.

Both concerts are open to the public and neither has an admission charge.


The First Tuesday series features regional professional artists on the first Tuesdays of five months during the year. Dr. Susan Roe, director of music for the School of Liberal Arts, is the First Tuesday program director.

Katelyn Payne of Moultrie will begin the show with “Part of my World” from The Little Mermaid, followed by a duet with Daniel Gibson of Tifton as they sing “As Long As You’re Mine” from the smash hit Wicked. Gibson will then join Brian Holland of Fitzgerald for “Lily’s Eyes” from Secret Garden. Joseph Bishop of Fitzgerald will sing “Edelweiss” from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, and Briahana Rogers of Tifton will perform “Summertime” from George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

Other student performances will feature Sylvester’s Kezia Green singing “Daddy’s Son” from Ragtime and Erica Humbert of Thomasville performing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz. Patrick Ireland of Tifton and ABAC voice graduate Scarlett Eirish from Tifton will sing “The Song That Goes Like This” from Monty Python’s Spamalot.

A number of guests will join the ABAC faculty and voice students for this concert. Reverend Gary Aikens, minister of music at First Baptist Church in Tifton, will perform “Try To Remember” from The Fantastiks and “If I Had My Druthers” from L’il Abner.

Scott Spivey, who studied voice under Dr. David Johnson at Valdosta State University, will perform “I’ll Cover You” from Rent and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from Les Miserables. Reverend Blane Jacobs, minister of music at First Baptist Church in Fitzgerald, will sing “If I Loved You” from Carousel and “As If We Never Said Goodbye” from Sunset Boulevard.

The faculty of the ABAC music program will also showcase their talents. Roe will duet with Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones for “All I Ask of You” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. Claire Majette Jurs, instructor of voice and music appreciation at ABAC, will sing “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine” from Showboat.

Accompanists for this performance are Susan Spivey, owner of the gift shop, “Sweet Caroline’s” and pianist for First Baptist Church in Fitzgerald; Dr. Douglas Jurs, assistant professor of piano and music theory, and Gina Lawhon, elementary music school teacher at Len Lastinger, instructor of organ for ABAC, and pianist for all choirs and worship services at First Baptist Church in Tifton.


Comprising students from all over the Southeast, the Concert Choir will begin the Thursday evening show with “The Star Spangled Banner” arranged by John Stafford Smith, followed by “Kyrie Eleison” by David Huntsinger. The students will be accompanied on this piece by Dr. Douglas Jurs, assistant professor of theory and piano for the ABAC music program and accompanist for all ABAC choral groups, and Sheri Wyles, flute, applied woodwinds, and music appreciation instructor for the music program.

The sopranos and altos of the choir will then perform “A Dream Within A Dream” by Ruth Morris Gray. The ABAC Chamber Singers, one of the music program’s auditioned choral ensembles, will follow with Eric Whitacre’s “The Seal Lullaby”.

The next featured song, “O Schöne Nacht” by Johannes Brahms, will be sung by the 17 vocal majors enrolled in ABAC’s music program. The ABAC Jazz Choir, another auditioned choral ensemble, will then perform two popular jazz tunes. “Body and Soul” by John Green and arranged by Kirby Shaw, will feature Katelyn Payne, a voice major from Moultrie, and Daniel Gibson, a vocal major from Tifton.

The second piece will be Steven Zegree’s arrangement of Seymour Simons and Gerald Marks’ “All of Me”. The Jazz Choir will be accompanied by the ABAC Jazz Combo which is made up of Ryen Dickinson, guitarist and a music major from St. Mary’s, Tyler Partin, bass guitarist and an engineering major from Cordele, and Drew Ellis, percussionist and a music major from Cordele.

“The Road Home” by Stephen Paulus will be performed a capella by the Concert Choir featuring Payne as soloist. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw’s arrangement of the spiritual, “Same Train” will also be performed a capella. To conclude the evening’s performance, “Total Praise” arranged by Keith Christopher, will be performed by the entire choir. Jurs on piano, former ABAC music major Harry King on alto saxophone, and Ellis on percussion will accompany the group.

For more information on the concerts, contact Roe at (229) 391-4943.