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The Department of Music at Auburn University is hosting guest artist Vladimir Silva, conductor and tenor, from Feb. 18 through 22. Silva will present several lectures and performances featuring Brazilian music while he is on campus. A schedule of events open to the public is listed below. Culminating the week, the Auburn University Chamber Choir, under the direction of Auburn’s William Powell, will perform in a concert on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2:30 p.m., in the Auburn First Baptist Church. This group will perform several Brazilian choral selections under the direction of Silva. Two pieces by Brazilian composers will receive their world premiere performance, they are "Salmo 121" by Eli-Eri Moura Cantate and "Domino," by Silva, which is dedicated to the Auburn University Chamber Choir. Sara Lynn Baird, chair of the Department of Music at Auburn, will also guest conduct a piece by Brazilian composer Liduino Pitombeira.

The performance schedule is as follows:

Feb. 18, from 2 to 2:50 p.m., Recital of Brazilian vocal music -- FREE -- Goodwin Recital Hall

Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Lecture on Brazilian music -- FREE -- 102 Goodwin Hall

Feb. 22, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., Concert -- Auburn First Baptist Church Sanctuary

Silva is professor of music at Federal University of Campina Grande in the northeastern part of Brazil. He holds a doctoral degree in Choral Conducting from Louisiana State University (USA). He has conducted several vocal/instrumental groups and has performed as a conductor and soloist in Argentina, France, Italy, Austria, and the United States. He regularly serves as adjudicator and clinician around Brazil and has collaborated in Brazilian universities and abroad. His papers are published in the Choral Journal, Per Musi, Musica Hodie, ICTUS, and Opus. He is also the artistic director of the Campina Grande International Music Festival. For more information, go to this website.

Advanced tickets for the Chamber Choir Concert on Sunday, Feb. 22, are available online for all patrons (students and non-students) at $10 per ticket, available until the day before the event. Patrons will need to bring one form of ID to pick up their ticket from the will-call table set up one hour before the event begins. The name on the ID must match the name on the order. If advanced tickets are not picked up by 15 minutes prior to the event, then they may be resold for waiting patrons. Regular tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for students and children, and will be sold at the door one hour prior to performance time. For more information, including online ticket sales, program information, and ticketing policies, go to this website, or call (334) 844-4165.