Southeastern News

Musical Arts series features two upcoming events

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the Zodiac Trio on Tuesday, Nov. 13, and Hugues Leclere on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Both events begin at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude the 2012 portion of the Musical Arts Series, which will resume in early February of 2013.

All concerts are free and the community is invited.

Season sponsors include Southeastern, Cherokee Telephone Company, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Red River Arts Council, Donna Massey Fund for Music Education, and private donors.

The Zodiac Trio of clarinet, violin and piano was formed at the Manhattan School of Music and has performed in leading venues including the Festival Radio France Montpelier, Lincoln Center in New York City, the Four Season Performing Arts Center in Toronto, Izumi Hall in Japan and the Oriental Performing Arts Center in Shanghai.

The group’s performances have been broadcast by national and international radio and television stations.

The Zodiac Trio prides itself on being a strong advocate of outreach work and education, helping raise tomorrow’s classical music audience as well as presenting master classes and guidance to future performances at conservatories and universities.

Hugues Leclere graduated from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris with high honors in piano, music theory and chamber music.

A noted concert piano soloist, he performs more than 50 concerts a season in France, the United States, Japan, China and Europe.

He has been invited to perform by many major orchestras around the world.

Known as an outstanding interpreter of Debussy, Ravel and their contemporaries, he is also a master of the German repertoire of Beethoven and Brahms and the Austrian repertoire of Mozart and Haydn.

As an active participant in contemporary artistic life, Leclere works with many composers, contributing to commissions for new works.

In addition to his career as a concert artist, he teaches at the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris, Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon and is the Artistic Director of the international festival Nancyphonies.