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Cumberland University to present Love is in the Air concert

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Cumberland Universitys School of Music and the Arts will present a Valentines Day-themed concert at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, in the Universitys Baird Chapel.

The free, hour-long, public Love is in the Air concert will showcase the talents of 18 private voice students at Cumberland. Each student will present a solo performance as part of their studies with Cumberland voice teachers Dr. Michele Paynter Paise, Ginger Newman and Kira King. Cumberland Arts Academy Instructor Carolyn Blake will provide piano accompaniment.

Paise, who is also an assistant professor of Music, said the concert will feature a wide selection of musical performances united by a single theme: love.

Every song will have something to do with love, Paise said. Some of the selections are about the humor of love, while others are about just how cruel love can be. Theres a little bit of everything.

The concert will feature musical selections from an extremely diverse set of composers and time periods, Paise explained. Selected music will include works from composers such as Bernstein, Mozart and Arthur Hamilton.

There will be a wide variety of music for attendees, from classical pieces to contemporary theater musical selections, Paise said. The selections will also represent several languages, including English, Italian, German and French.

Paise believes the concert will be an opportunity for the School of Music and the Arts to demonstrate the talents of its vocal students while providing the community with a night of great music.

The concert will highlight and support what our music department and students do here, Paise said. Attendees will be able to enjoy familiar melodies and hear some new pieces in what we hope will be a fun-filled evening of well-performed, quality music.

The Love is in the Air concert is free and open to the public.

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