Release date: September 23
Moman, music faculty to join for recital with Lubbock organist
Members of the music faculty at Wayland Baptist University will join on Sept. 30 for a 7:30 p.m. recital in Harral Auditorium featuring the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams. Admission is free and open to the public.
Christopher Betts, associate director of music at First United Methodist Church in Lubbock, will be guest artist for the recital, playing the organ.
Dr. Carl Moman, chair of the Division of Fine Arts at WBU and a tenor, will be the featured vocalist for the recital, performing Williams' "Songs of Travel" based on the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson, a selection from Johann Sebastian Bach and four hymns by Williams.
Jennie Lynn Hodges, associate professor of music, will accompany Moman on piano for the first part of the recital. Dr. Gary Belshaw, assistant professor of piano pedagogy, will accompany Moman on piano for the Williams hymns, along with Dr. Ann Stutes, assistant professor of music, on the viola.
Betts will perform the second part of the recital, which will include selections by Bruhns, Bach, Vierne and three preludes by Williams. He will also accompany Moman on the organ during the third portion of the recital.
A native of England and a graduate of Oxford, Betts spent a year as artist-in-residence at FUMC Lubbock. There, he accompanied the 100-voice Chancel Choir and directed the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. After leaving Lubbock, Betts returned to England to serve as organist and music minister at several cathedrals. He returned to Lubbock in August 2001 and to the staff at FUMC. He directs the Chancel Choir, both the boys and girls choirs and the men's plainchant group Choro Andro.