Dean among Utah tenors
Live music • Raymond Tymas-Jones bring the poetry of Langston Hughes to song for Black History Month.
Published: February 16, 2012 08:16AM
Updated: February 16, 2012 08:16AM
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Paul Fraughton | The Salt Lake Tribune Raymond Tymas-Jones, dean of the University of Utah College of Fine Arts and a tenor with years of teaching and performance on his résumé, will perform a free concert of Langston Hughes poetry set to song Feb. 18 at Libby Gardner Hall.

The career of Raymond Tymas-Jones, dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah, is as long in scope as it is deep in experience.

A native of Washington, D.C., Tymas-Jones grew up in a home where everyone learned to sing along to his mother’s piano accompaniment, even if his minister father couldn’t produce dulcet tones. Tymas-Jones took to the trombone and piano and, by the time he reached Howard University, had settled on honing his golden tenor voice to a shining, controlled sheen.

After seven years as a U. dean, he’s been at the forefront of making arts and arts programming more accessible to students, with an abundance of free concerts. In that spirit, and in commemoration of Black History Month, Tymas-Jones joins forces with an interdisciplinary ensemble of musicians to bring the poetry of Langston Hughes to glorious song this coming Sunday.

Raymond Tymas-Jones sings the poems of Langston Hughes

When • Feb. 19, 7 p.m.

Where • Libby Gardner Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle on the University of Utah campus, Salt Lake City.

Info • Free. Call 801-581-7200 for more information.

Raymond Tymas-Jones sings the poems of Langston Hughes

When • Feb. 19, 7 p.m.

Where • Libby Gardner Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle on the University of Utah campus, Salt Lake City.

Info • Free. Call 801-581-7200 for more information.