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Hendrix Wind Ensemble Presents “An Evening in the Park”

CONWAY, Ark. (April 1, 2013) - The Hendrix College Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Karen Fannin, will present "An Evening in the Park" at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, on the grounds outside Staples Auditorium. 

Admission is complimentary and people are encouraged to bring a picnic and lawn chairs or a blanket.  In the event of rain, the concert will be held inside Staples Auditorium.  For more information, contact Dr. Fannin at 450-1422 or

Featured soloist on the program will be Suzanne Banister, adjunct voice instructor at Hendrix. Banister is a very active performer, having performed numerous times as a soprano soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on ASO's Masterworks, Pops, Family and Chamber Series. In addition, Suzanne has performed with the Fort Smith Symphony, Conway Symphony, South Arkansas Symphony, Lake Charles Symphony, Little Rock Wind Symphony, Opera Theatre at Wildwood and New Orleans Opera Company. Suzanne has also performed numerous times as a guest artist at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion and with the Arkansas Chamber Singers. At the end of April, Suzanne will be singing the soprano solos in Mozart's "Coronation Mass" and "Regina Coeli" with the Arkansas Choral Society and, in May, she will be the guest artist at a concert in Hot Springs Village.

Banister will sing Blue Moon by Rodgers and Hart arranged by Barker and "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables arranged by Brown. 

Additional music on the program will include:

  • The March from "1941" by John Williams / arr. Lavender
  • West Side Story Selections by Leonard Bernstein / arr. Duthoit
  • Freckles Rag by Larry Buck / arr. Eyles
  • America the Beautiful by Samuel Augustus Ward / arr. Dragon
  • The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa

Featured soloists on Freckles Rag will be percussionists Connor Anderson, Connor Bell, Brittany Cantrell, Travis Finch, Rebecca Perez, and Hayley Thomson. 

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit