First United Presbyterian Church

Pecos Singer, Cello

Cellist Pecos Singer, Principal Cello with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra (APO), and a member of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas as well as a teacher at the University of Arkansas, will be featured in the Chamber Music Concert at FUPC on March 6, 2023.

Singer was previously a Fellow at Bard College. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has played with the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Opera Studio, The Avanti Orchestra, and the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra. He has also been part of music festivals such as the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, the Hot Air Music Festival, and Arkansas’s own Chamber Music on the Mountain.

Singer curated an Earth Day Concert at Bard. It included a string quartet, readings by Jenny Offill from her novel, Weather, and input from scientists, environmental artists and activists.

Singer has also played baroque cello and viola da gamba. He won the Baroque Concerto Competition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and performed as a soloist with the SFCM Baroque Ensemble. His degree from SFCM was a Master of Music degree with a Historical Performance Emphasis “It is perfectly reasonable… to make the attempt simply as a sort of historical cosplay: to create as much as possible the experience of going back in time and experiencing something far from our everyday experience,” he wrote. “Or the aim may simply be to elevate the performance by studying historical texts to find the best interpretation that will be more effective at communicating the meaning of the music to the audience.”

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