Good music is in the works in January as the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith Department of Music launches its spring 2014 semester series of events with two free musical performances.

Tuesday, Jan. 21:

Department of Music faculty members, who represent a diverse mix of musical backgrounds and interests, begin the 2014 semester with a concert that will feature solo and ensemble performances in voice, trumpet, trombone, flute and piano, among others.

Dr. Edward White of Fort Smith, interim head of music and humanities, said UAFS music students particularly enjoy this concert.

"It gives them a chance to see the faculty perform," said White. "As faculty, we’re always in ‘teaching mode,’ so this concert gives us the opportunity to show the students that we mean what we say or, in other words, that we practice what we preach."

Friday, Jan. 24: Duo Avanzando of Tulsa, Okla., a musical group consisting of UAFS assistant professor of music Dr. David Carter on clarinet and Ricardo Coelho de Souza on percussion, returns to the campus to kick off their spring tour.

The program will include arrangements of traditional concert repertoire as well as ultra-modern works written specifically for this unique instrumental combination. In addition, this concert features UAFS voice instructor Dr. Katherine White of Fort Smith singing an extended set of traditional Brazilian songs in new arrangements.

Both events will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Breedlove Auditorium on the UAFS campus, and both are open to the public.

For more information about the faculty concert, contact White at 479-788-7547. For details about Duo Avanzando’s performance, contact Carter at 479-788-7544 or visit the website for more information about Duo Avanzando.