Arts and Humanities

UWF Singers present the “Bon Voyage Concert”

The University of West Florida’s Dr. Grier Williams School of Music will present the UWF Singers in their Bon Voyage Concert.” Enjoy the performance that will be featured at the regional American Choral Directors Association conference in Orlando, Florida. The performance will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rolfs Music Hall at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts on UWF’s Pensacola campus.

The UWF Singers were invited to perform at the Florida ACDA conference on October 22 in Orlando, FL. The invitation goes out to only one college or university in the state based on a blind audition process. This was the UWF Singers first time submitting an audition and they were chosen to perform. Truly a wonderful honor and a great opportunity to show Choral Directors of all levels across the state the wonderful work that our UWF Singers present.

The program will feature a performance of “Joy” by art song and opera composer Ricky Ian Gordon with text by Langston Hughes. Gordon’s style is a disarming fusion of jazz, cabaret and Broadway-pop idioms with the language of 20th century tonal classical composers. Also featured on the program will be the music of Dan Forrest, an acclaimed composer of choral, orchestral, instrumental and band. He is quickly becoming one of the most well established composers around the world. Additionally, within the program Alysia Lee’s “Say Her Name” will be performed. Her original composition, “Say Her Name” was premiered in November 2020 and performed by the University of Michigan choir. The #SayHerName movement resists police brutality against black women. If you say the name, you are prompted to learn the story.

Additionally, the Concert Choir and newly formed Argo Chorus will perform. The program will include works by Fauré, Mozart, Walker, Bernstein, Forrest and LaBarr, with texts by Langston Hughes, Stephen Sondheim and Charles Anthony Silvestri. This performance will include Hyunjoo Kim on piano, Daniel Perkins on harmonium and Aleksandra Pereverzeva on cello.

This event is free and open to the public but tickets are required. For tickets or more information, visit or call the CFPA box office at 850.857.6285.