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Symphonic winds and choir concert scheduled for May 3 at Southeastern

Symphonic winds and choir concert scheduled for May 3 at Southeastern

Press Release Date: 4-27-2011

DURANT, OKLAHOMA – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Symphonic Winds and Symphonic Choir will join forces with area high school choruses to present the final performance of the 2010-2011 season with a program of 20th-century music by legendary American composers entitled “Monuments.”

The performance will be on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m., in Montgomery Auditorium on the campus of Southeastern.

“This year’s season has really focused on presenting different perspectives on American music,” said Director of Bands Dr. Jacob Wallace. “This final concert takes four heroes of American composition and puts them together on the same stage.”

The program opens with Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide,” a virtuosic tour-de-force that has become a staple of orchestral and wind band repertories.

Joining the Symphonic Winds as guest conductor is Dr. Chester Phillips, Associate Director of Bands at Georgia State University.

“Dr. Phillips is an outstanding artistic conductor as well as a scholar,” Wallace said. “I’m very excited to see him work with our students as he always brings a vibrant interpretation to the table.”

Following Bernstein, the ensemble will perform George Gershwin’s landmark Rhapsody in Blue, featuring Dr. Michael Kirkendoll, Assistant Professor of Piano at Oklahoma State University.

Kirkendoll’s performance experience is varied and spans three continents, with a particular emphasis in recent years on contemporary music.

“Dr. Kirkendoll is – simply put – astonishing to watch,” Wallace said. “His amazing technique and musicality are awe-inspiring. To have a chance to perform with him on what might be the most famous piece of American piano music ever written is really a thrill.”

The second half of the program features works written for wind band and chorus, as the Symphonic Winds are joined by the Southeastern Symphonic Choir (directed by Dr. Stacy Weger) as well as the choirs of Durant High School (Deborah Clements, director) and Celina High School in Celina, Texas (Kristin Littrell, director). They will perform two scenes from Aaron Copland’s opera The Tender Land and Randall Thompson’s epic Testament of Freedom, which sets the words of Thomas Jefferson in dramatic fashion.

This performance is free and open to the public and is made possible through the generous funding of Southeastern’s Cultural and Scholarship Lectureship Fund. For assistance due to a disability, please contact the Department of Music at (580) 745-2088. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed without adequate advance notice. For other inquiries, please contact Dr. Jacob Wallace at (580) 745-2084.