It might not sound like it, but this is a university classroom at work. Obviously, this isn’t the kind of class with droning lectures and drooling students. This is, in fact, the USU Chamber Singers, and instead of studying for the next big exam, they’re preparing for the next big performance—this time with professional singer Alex Boyé.
USU Director of Choral Activities Dr. Cory Evans, says his singers are looking forward to the performance on Friday night.
"The students were really excited to collaborate with him, and when they knew they would be such a big part of the show, and that he would sing with them. It's a really neat opportunity for students to see how an up-and-coming professional artist does what they do, and it's inspiring for them. I think it'll be great for the audience, too."
Boyé made it a priority to recruit local talent. In addition to the USU Chamber Singers, Boyé will also perform a duet with Lorisa Pulotu. Pulotu is a singer, songwriter, and Utah native. She recently released her debut album, Crimson Sky, and will soon be releasing her own Christmas album.
"My Christmas album has eight songs on it. Two of them are original songs that I wrote, and then the rest of them are songs that are just familiar Christmas songs that people will listen to and know right away, and it has been so fun to put that together. That was one of my dreams, to do a Christmas album, so I'm really excited about that."
Pulotu will be performing “Circle of Life” with Boyé and the USU Chamber Singers. This particular version of the popular song will make its off-Broadway debut, and Pulotu is excited to be a part of it.
"Yes, of course, I've heard the song before, but I've never sung it, and I've never done it as a duet, either. It's a beautiful rendition. The rendition that we're going to be doing is from the Broadway musical [The Lion King], and it's never been done [off-Broadway], so that's kind of exciting, to be able to do that for the first time. And yeah, I'm really excited."
Alex Boyé will perform live in concert Friday night at 7:30 P.M. at Utah State University's Kent Concert Hall in Logan. For more information please visit alexboyeinlogan.com.