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40th Season of Musical Arts Series begins Sept. 19

DURANT, Okla. – The 40th season of the Musical Arts Series (MAS) will begin on Sept. 19 with a Garden Party on the lawn of historic Morrison Hall at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Featured entertainment will be authentic Zydeco music from Louisiana with food for purchase catered by the Iron Gate. Dinner  will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the music begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Musical Arts Series has offered outstanding  musical experiences to audiences of all ages since 1973 and this season the celebration continues with eight renowned ensembles and soloists. All performances are free and open to the public. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.  and are in the Southeastern Fine Arts Recital Hall, unless otherwise noted.


On Oct. 8, Heinavanker, a vocal music group that performs ancient Runic music,  will be in concert. The American Brass Quintet, in an encore performance for the MAS, will perform on Oct. 24. The final fall concert will be a guitar ensemble, the Kithara Duo, on Nov. 21.


The clarinetist Rocco Parisi and pianist Maurizio Barboro, both from Italy, open the spring concerts on Jan. 28. Canadian percussion quartet TorQ will perform on Feb. 25, followed by Dimitris Saroglou, a pianist from Greece.


The 2013/2014 MAS Season concludes with a three-day residency given by the Fifth House Ensemble, a chamber group from Chicago. This residency involves all ages of children, Southeastern students, and culminates with a concert on Friday, April 25.


One of the highlights of the artists’ visits is performing in the local schools. Students hear live music of outstanding quality in a variety of genres and styles, meet performers from all over the world, and are very enthusiastic about the experience.


The MAS would not be possible without the support of the donors and sponsors, who will be introduced at each concert. For more information about the MAS or to become a donor, contact Dr. Jeri Walker at or 580-745-2385.

Musical Arts Series begins September 29 with orchestra

Musical Arts Series begins September 29 with orchestra

Press Release Date: 8-22-2011

Dr. Jeri Walker

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will feature seven events during the 2011-12 academic year.

The series opens September 29 with “A Far Cry,’’ an orchestra founded in 2007 by 17 young musicians with a fresh approach to classical music.

Dr. Jeri Walker is the new director of Southeastern’s Musical Arts Series.

Walker is the Donna Massey Chair for Music Education at Southeastern, where she directs the Music Education Program. She teaches methods, fundamentals and orientation courses, and supervises student teachers. She is also the Artistic Director of the Southeastern Hub for Arts Resources in Education (SHARE) Children’s Choir.

Walker has taught both instrumental and vocal music from pre-school through the collegiate level. She has also served as presenter, adjudicator, guest conductor and workshop leader for state, regional, national and international musical events, instrumental, vocal and general.

“This season, the Musical Arts Series again offers a wide variety of excellent musical performances,” Walker said. “The MAS, begun by Dr. James Wintle many years ago, will continue to offer exceptional performances by top musicians in their fields at no cost to the audience”.

“I am excited to be a part of this wonderful tradition at Southeastern.”

The second MAS presentation will feature the Quarteto Vivace Brasil on October 13, followed by the Nuovo Quarteto Pianistico Italiana October 27.

The Meadows World Music Ensemble will perform December 1, the Texas Boys Choir will be here February 2, with the Spanish Brass scheduled for February 21.

The final performance will feature the Rose Ensemble on April 23.

The Musical Arts Series is produced with sponsorship from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the Donna Massey Music Education Support Fund, Oklahoma Arts Council, Red River Arts Alliance, Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Steger Piano Institute.