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Latin American art song subject of Kennedy Center lecture Jan. 29

The head of vocal studies in the School of Music at Brigham Young University will present a combined lecture and performance Thursday, Jan. 29, at noon in 238 Herald R. Clark Building on the BYU campus.

J. Arden Hopkin will present "Spanish Influences on the Development of Latin American Art Song During the Colonial Period."

The presentation, sponsored by Latin American Studies and the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, is free and the public is invited to attend.

Hopkin specializes in the vocal music of Spain and Latin America. His teaching career has focused on voice teaching and opera education, having served as the head of vocal studies and director of opera at Texas Christian University and opera director at BYU.

For more than 25 years he has directed and taught summer opera training programs in the United States and Canada, most recently with the Crittenden Opera Workshop in Washington, D.C.

The presentation will be webcast live at

Contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652 for more information, or visit the Kennedy Center Web site at for archived lectures and a calendar of other upcoming events and lectures.

Writer: Thoms Grover

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