Southeastern News

Southeastern Symphonic Chorus presents concert April 10

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Symphonic Chorus will present “Heroes of the Old Testament” on Monday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Durant (5400 Main Street).

The concert is free and open to the public.

A varied program of choral works will dramatize the stories of Elijah, Miriam, David, and Ezekiel. Theprincipal portion will be two extended scenes from Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah, one of the most famous oratorios in western music.

Dr. Jeremy Blackwood, Southeastern’s Director of Voice and Opera, will sing the role of theconfrontational prophet.  Another large undertaking will be Miriam’s Song of Triumph by Franz Schubert; this lesser-known short cantata concerns theparting of the Red Sea and features Southeastern voice professor Nereida Garcia as Miriam.

The Symphonic Chorus features college students as well as community members. Dr. Joshua Nannestad will conduct, and Dr. Kate Stubbs will play piano.

Southeastern Symphonic Choir to perform in OKC on Oct. 13

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University Symphonic Choir will present a daylong musical event with high school and two-year college students in Oklahoma City on Oct. 13.

Supported by a grant from the Presidential Partners’ Student Recruitment Initiative by Faculty, this event will allow Southeastern students to rehearse side-by-side with students from Del City High School and Rose State College at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Oklahoma City).

The rehearsals and concert of Haydn’s  Kleine Orgelmesse, conducted by Southeastern choral professor Dr. Joshua Nannestad, will provide an educational experience for the younger students who may not often have an opportunity to perform classical repertoire with an orchestra. In addition, the students will get

first-hand experience of the type of rehearsal and performance opportunities that are available at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

 

A concert is scheduled for that evening at 6 o’clock at the church, as the singers will be joined by a chamber orchestra, organist Dr. Vicki Schaeffer, and soprano soloist Megan Crews, a Southeastern graduate who now sings with the Dallas Opera, for a concert.

 

In addition to the mass choir performance, the concert will feature solo performances by the Southeastern Symphonic Choir , Joshua Nannestad, conductor, and the Oklahoma Choral Artists, Joshua Phelps and Cheryl Taylor, conductors.

The event is free and open to the public.

Southeastern celebrates arrival of holiday season

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus and community officially welcomed the arrival of the holiday season Monday with a tradition-filled evening of events.

The activities featured Santa and Entertainment, tree lighting and the Candlelighting and Concert.

Santa and Entertainment opened the festivities, with Dell McLain reading traditional stories on the front lawn of the Magnolia House.

Afterwards, the annual tree-lighting ceremony was held on the front lawn of campus.

In keeping with tradition, Southeastern held the 93rd annual Candlelighting and Concert in Montgomery Auditorium. This event was first held on Dec. 18, 1921.

This year’s concert featured the Southeastern Symphonic Choir performing Handel’s Messiah with orchestra, Dr. Joshua Nannestad, conductor.

The concert once again included the audience singing of traditional Christmas carols, focusing on the festive nature of the season.

The Southeastern Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Ben Shaffer, joined join in for the traditional carol sing. Cardinal Key and Blue Key Honor Societies served as acolytes in the candlelighting portion of the evening.

The performance began with a short concert of Christmas music presented by the SHARE Children’s Chorus, directed by Dr. Jeri Walker.

Historic Montgomery Auditorium was the site of the 93rd-annual Candlelighting ceremony.

Historic Montgomery Auditorium was the site of the 93rd-annual Candlelighting ceremony.

Treelighting was held on the front lawn of the Southeastern campus.

Treelighting was held on the front lawn of the Southeastern campus.

The stage is set for music at the Candlelighting and Concert Monday night.

The stage is set for music at the Candlelighting and Concert Monday night.

Candlelighting among many holiday events at Southeastern

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University is inviting the community to Celebrate the Holidays on Monday, December 8.

The evening will feature Santa and Entertainment, tree lighting and the ever-popular Candlelighting ceremony.

The events are free and open to the public.

Santa and Entertainment is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. with Dell McLain reading the Christmas Story and the Chorvettes Stageworks Company  singing carols on the front lawn of the Magnolia House.

The annual tree-lighting ceremony is set for 7:15 p.m.

Southeastern’s Brass Ensemble will perform on the front lawn of historic Morrison Hall before and during the tree lighting.

In keeping with tradition, Southeastern will mark the holiday season with the 93rd annual Candlelighting and Concert at 7:30 p.m. in Montgomery Auditorium.

This year’s concert will feature the Southeastern Symphonic Choir performing Handel’s Messiah with orchestra, Dr. Joshua Nannestad, conductor.

Messiah is among the most performed and celebrated pieces from the vast repertoire of Christmas music. The music for this season is noteworthy for its florid and descriptive content and has become a staple of Christmas celebrations worldwide.

Other works will include Alfred Burt Carols and additional seasonal pieces.

The concert will once again include the audience singing of traditional Christmas carols focusing on the festive nature of the season.

The Southeastern Brass Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Ben Shaffer, will join in for the traditional carol sing. Cardinal Key and Blue Key Honor Societies will again serve as acolytes in the candle lighting portion of the evening.

The performance will again begin with a short concert of Christmas music presented by the SHARE Children’s Chorus, directed by Dr. Jeri Walker.

The traditional Candlelighting event is designed to reflect the festive nature of the season and serves as a great way to start holiday celebrations.

The University invites the community to share the music of the season.

For more information, contact the Southeastern Department of Music at 580-745-2088. This event is made possible through a grant from the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Fund.

Community members invited to join Symphonic Choir; rehearsals begin Aug. 25

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Symphonic Choir will begin rehearsals on August 25in preparation for a performance of Handel’s Messiah.  Hosted by the Department of Music on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University, this group offers community members, university students, faculty and staff, the opportunity to come together to sing major choral works.

This group is the featured performance group for the Candlelighting ceremony on campus, Southeastern’s oldest tradition.  This year the Southeastern Symphonic Choir rehearses on each Monday from 6-8 p.m.  This choir is open to all with an interest in choral singing.  With the full use of lighting, organ, and string orchestration, the concert should prove exciting to singers and audience alike.  Candlelighting is scheduled for December 8.    Singers are welcome to attend  rehearsals in Fine Arts Building 116, the Choral Rehearsal Hall.

For more information, call Dr. Joshua Nannestad, conductor, at 745-3410, or by email at jnannestad@se.edu.