Get to know Anthony
What are you doing in school?
“I am currently in the master’s program of the Music Conservatory at Chicago College of Performing Arts."
How long have you been singing in choirs?
"I'd have to guesstimate since I was like 4 years old? I honestly don't remember. I didn't really sing in choirs with forrealsy sheet music reading until high school."
What is your favorite musical memory?
“One summer I got the chance to sing at an opera program held in Italy. One Friday the program hosted a concert of sacred music in the large church that towers over the rest of the small town of Novafeltria. Most of my peers did well known classical pieces of a religious nature, such as Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and Fauré’s “Pie Jesu”, but I chose to perform the Gospel song “In Bright Mansions”. I was the last singer to perform, and I spent the whole performance worrying about whether the mostly non-English speaking Italian audience would actually enjoy hearing American religious music at the end of an evening of Western European classics. When I performed the piece it was to dead silence, and when my collaborative pianist and I cut off there was a split second in which you could hear a pen drop before the church came alive with applause and cheers. I vividly remember a tiny elderly Italian woman coming up to me with tears in her eyes to hug me and say “Very good. Very good.” I was really honored that the audience appreciated me singing a song that recalled my musical roots."
Do you have any special talents or interests outside of music?
"I'm real into reading and I've done taekwondo for 13 years. I spend the rest of my time being a grade A napper."
Who is your favorite composer?
"My favorite composer overall has gotta be Mahler, but I'd guess I'd be remiss to not mention Verdi because opera and what not.”
Who's your favorite non-classical musical artist?
"My all time favorite non-classical artist would probably have to be Childish Gambino, since I’ve been an avid fan of his through all his musical periods."
What song have you not been able to stop listening to?
"Recently I’ve been listening to “Icarus” by Fana Hues on repeat! I love the neo-funk vibes and the grounding harmonies."
What’s your favorite book you’ve read?
“I’m a voracious reader! The books I’m reading currently include “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”, a book on the compositions of the Black composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and of course a trade edition of one of my favorite Batman comic book arcs."
What were you doing in the summer when you were in middle school?
"Bikes, video games, and waiting until the last minute to do my summer reading assignments."
What’s your favorite sports team?
"Easy; LSU’s football team! Like most LSU alumni I’m a diehard fan; I just wish that I had still been Louisiana when LSU won the National Championship during the 2019-2020 season! Geaux Tigers!"
What's your favorite thing about singing in Lux?
"Well I'd already want to be in Lux just because it's a talented ensemble singing great music at a high level, but it's even better considering that it's full of the most fun people to work with, in addition to some of my best friends."
What’s your favorite song you've sung with Lux?
“Christus Factus Est” by Anton Bruckner"
Dinosaurs or dogs?
a.) if you didn't have a love and intimate knowledge of dinosaurs at some point idk if you were an actual child
b.) I have a dope pterodactyl screech noise, and no one is impressed by a person barking
c.) JURASSIC PARK”
What's the most interesting fact about you?
"When I suffered a work related bike accident and woke up after the crash with a horrible concussion and a few less full teeth in my mouth, the first thing I was documented to say was 'D major has 2 sharps, F# and C#'. If that's not dedication, I don't know what is."
Anthony Jones is a versatile singer that has sung tenor and baritone (as needed) with Lux for eleven seasons. He studied Vocal Performance at Louisiana State University under the tutelage of nationally sought out operatic baritone Dennis Jesse. Anthony has sung a variety of vocal styles, having recently taken engagements as a guest Gospel artist and teacher in Costa Rica, and as a soloist with Opera Louisiana, Red River Lyric Opera, and the Louisiana State Turner-Fischer Center for Opera.
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