Southeastern News

Musical Arts series continues with Feb. 5 concert

DURANT, Okla. –  Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present Armonia Celeste, an early music vocal and instrumental ensemble, in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The performance is scheduled for the Fine Arts Recital Hall. The group will perform for the Durant Public Schools that afternoon.

There is no admission and everyone is invited to attend.

The Musical Arts Series is sponsored by Southeastern, the Donna Massey Music Education Support Fund, Oklahoma Arts Council, Red River Arts Alliance, Mid-America Arts Alliance, National Endowment for the Arts, private donors and friends.

Delighting audiences with spirited performances, Armonia Celeste (ar-mo-nee-a che-les-tay) is an emerging ensemble specializing in rarely heard repertoire from the Italian Renaissance and early Baroque.

The group is comprised of three distinct female voices accompanied by period instruments: lute, theorbo, guitar, and the rare arpa doppia (Baroque triple harp. Each of the five members is a highly experienced solo performer. Together, the musicians create an unforgettable combination of varied vocal and instrumental colors, florid ornamentation, expressiveness and  noticeable passion for this repertoire.

The ensemble has been featured in a concert of Monteverdi’s Il settimo Libro di Magrigali with the Dallas Bach Society performed at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit “Art and Love in Renaissance Italy” and has offered many concerts throughout Oklahoma and Texas.

Armonia Celeste appeared in and provided the music for an educational PBS documentary presented by Early Music Television entitled “Culture Wars of Venice and the Birth of Public Opera.”

Eugene Enrico, Early Music Television organizer and Professor of Musicology at the University of Oklahoma School of Music, said, “(The) new professional ensemble Armonia Celeste is the finest group I’ve heard performing early baroque Italian music.”