GREENVILLE, S.C. (January 19, 2024) – Bob Jones University will present Classical Pops Celebration Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium (FMA). The concert will feature internationally acclaimed guest conductor Richard Kaufman, noted trumpeter Barry Perkins and soprano Dr. Megan Stapleton.
The first half of the program will feature classical music pieces by Strauss, Puccini and Debussy. The latter half will showcase compositions by Anderson, Tchaikovsky and Elgar.
Guest artist Richard Kaufman, a Grammy Award-winning musician and conductor, has had a lasting influence on the music industry. He is widely hailed as an expert in John Williams’ catalog of musical scores. “Having worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras, Kaufman brings a wealth of wisdom and expertise based on his active and distinguished international career,” said Dr. Michael Moore, Chair of the Division of Music at BJU.
Trumpeter Barry Perkins, who serves as Principal Trumpet of the Pacific Symphony, has performed with world-renowned orchestras on some of the most prestigious stages internationally. He has played in 300 motion pictures, including the last three Star Wars films. Additionally, Perkins is on the music faculty at California Baptist University and founder of the Barry Perkins Trumpet Academy, reaching hundreds of musicians throughout southern California. “In addition to performing solos with the orchestra, Perkins will be sitting in the trumpet section, playing side-by-side with our students,” said Moore.
Dr. Megan Stapleton, an acclaimed baroque singer, has been the featured soprano soloist with many chamber ensembles. Because of her love for sharing the arts with children, she has performed extensively in children’s programs and operas. Stapleton serves as an assistant professor of voice studies at Bob Jones University, teaching applied voice, opera, musical theater and vocal pedagogy.
On Tuesday, January 23, Perkins will be giving a public master class at 4 p.m. in Gustafson Fine Arts Center, room 119. “Working alongside a consummate artist like Perkins elevates every aspect of the learning experience for our students,” said Moore. Local students and teachers are encouraged to register to attend for free by emailing [email protected].
Tickets for individual performances as well as season passes are available through Showpass or by calling the Programs and Productions Box Office at (864) 770-1372 from 12 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.