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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (1/03)
Contact: Lynn Stewart or Erin Hogan, Centenary News Service
Annual Founders’ Day Convocation at Centenary College to Celebrate
150 Years of Music, Feature Appearance by Grammy-winning Tenor Karl
Dent on Thursday, Jan. 30
SHREVEPORT, LA -- Centenary alumnus and Grammy-winning vocal performer
Karl Dent will be the speaker as Centenary College recognizes the 150th
anniversary of music at the college during its annual Founders’ Day Convocation.
The program, free and open to the public, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday,
Jan. 30 in Brown Chapel.
Dent, a 1975 Centenary graduate, is associate professor of music and
area coordinator of voice at Texas Tech University. He made his 1991 New
York Philharmonic debut in Mozart’s Grand Mass in C Minor and a Carnegie
Hall debut in 1993 as soloist in the Berlioz Requiem.
Dent, a tenor, has appeared with many U.S. symphony orchestras, opera
companies and music festivals, as well as the Rundfunks Sinfonie Orchestre
of Berlin, Germany. In 1997, he received a Grammy Award as principal soloist
on the Best Choral Recording for Rachmaninoff’s The Bells. He is
also tenor soloist on Rachmaninoff’s Vespers with the Robert Shaw
Festival Singers, which was awarded Best Technical Recording for 1990.
He resides in Lubbock, Texas.
The Founders’ Day Convocation will also feature the Centenary College
Choir, which will sing Come to the Music under the direction of
Dr. Will K. Andress. The Rev. William W. Hutchinson, bishop of the Louisiana
Conference of the United Methodist Church, will deliver the invocation,
and William G. Anderson, chairman of the Centenary Board of Trustees, will
give the benediction.
Dr. Darrel Colson, provost and dean of the college, will recognize the
recipients of Centenary’s annual Outstanding Teacher Award, the Charlton
Lyons Summer Research Grant and the President’s Award of Excellence.
Honored guests will include the newest inductee into the Alumni Hall
of Fame, Dr. Paul Michael Mann of Houston, Class of 1963; the 2003 Honorary
Alumna, Pat Ewing Hendrick of Shreveport; and Alumni Loyalty Award recipient,
Mitzi Lowe Perry, Class of 1957. The three will be honored further at the
annual Alumni Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on campus.
Faculty, staff and graduating seniors in academic regalia will participate
in a procession from Mickle Hall of Science to the Brown Chapel for the
event. Grand marshal will be Dr. Earle Labor and faculty marshal is Dr.
Music programs at Centenary College of Louisiana first appeared in 1852
as optional classes under the direction of Professor A.E. Blackmar. The
first music degrees from the college were awarded in 1931.