Southeastern News

Traditional Candlelighting event set for Dec. 4 at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will host a number of holiday events on Monday, December 4.

Santa Claus and entertainment will be featured from 6-6:30 p.m. on the Magnolia House front lawn. Highlights will include a performance by the Chorvettes Stageworks Company, an appearance by Santa, and the reading of the Christmas Story by Dell McLain.

The Christmas Tree lighting is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. on the front lawn of campus with the Southeastern Brass Ensemble performing.

The traditional Candlelighting ceremony is set for 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.

The Southeastern Symphonic Chorus, consisting of students, faculty, staff and members of the Durant community, anchors the concert. The Chorus will perform an advent cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach with text by Martin Luther.

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Come, O Savior of the Nations) features the chorus, chamber orchestra and baritone soloist Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, director of voice and opera at Southeastern.

The performers will also present Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, featuring Dr. Jourdan Laine Howell, a new voice instructor at Southeastern, and music majors Grace Haynes, Haley Moore and Allyson Thomas as soloists. The guests for the chamber orchestra are supported by a grant from the Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Fund.

Many traditional elements of the concert will continue: the lighting of candles by members of the Cardinal Key Honor Society, a prelude sung by the SHARE Children’s Chorus conducted by Dr. Jeri Walker,  and a Christmas carol singalong, giving the audience a chance to sing sacred and secular favorites with the chorus.

The Symphonic Chorus is a college/community partnership, providing a crucial aspect in the education of Southeastern music majors, a chance to participate in campus events for students of all majors, and a musical experience for members of the community.

The Chorus is conducted by Dr. Joshua Nannestad, Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, and accompanied by Dr. Stephanie Emberley, instructor of piano.

Opera Southeastern to present performances Oct. 14, 16

DURANT, Okla. – Opera Southeastern, a part of the Department of Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will present two one-act operas on Friday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 16, at 3 p.m.

Both performances will be held in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. General admission tickets at the door are $7, with student admission free with student ID.

According to  Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, Director of Opera Southeastern, the opera cast will present The Telephone by Gian-Carlo Menotti and Gallantry by Douglas Moore. The Telephone tells the tale of love between Lucy and Ben, played by Grace Haynes, a junior from Lone Grove, Oklahoma,  and Chance Eubanks, a senior from Cleburne, Texas..  Ben desires to tell something very special to Lucy before he leaves on a trip, but is interrupted by the telephone several times.

Gallantry takes place in a television studio where a soap opera and infomercials are being filmed.  The over-the-top drama from the scenes of the “soap opera” are interrupted by the announcer,  who must cut in for an infomercial break.  The cast of Gallantry includes Kristen Simpson, from Stillwater, Oklahoma;   Anna Rose Kelly, a junior from Idabel, Oklahoma, as the Announcer; Chance Eubanks as Dr. Gregg; Grace Haynes as Lola; Jace Caldwell, a senior from Broken Bow, Oklahoma,  as Donald;  and Carter Owen from Denton, Texas, as Billy Boy. Dr. Kate Stubbs will serve as the Collaborative Pianist.

For more information about this event and the Department of Music call 580-745-2088.