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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 jwalker@se.edu or 580-745-2385.

Musical Arts Series concludes with Moran Woodwind Quartet on April 2

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the Moran Woodwind Quintet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

This will be the final event of the 2012-13 season. It is free of charge and open to the public. The quintet will also perform that afternoon at a local school.

The Musical Arts Series is sponsored by Southeastern, the Red River Arts Council, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Donna Massey

Music Education Fund, Cherokee Telephone, and local donors and supporters.
The Moran Quintet is one of the most active and visible groups in the Midwest. It is the resident faculty woodwind quintet of the University of Nebraska School of Music in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts.

Formed in 1986 and named for the late John Moran, former Director of the School of Music, the quintet has toured extensively and performed at conventions of the College Music Society, the International Double Reed Society and the International Horn Society.

The quintet’s repertoire includes all musical styles and periods.

Musical Arts Series presents Petar Jankovic Quartet March 12

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the Petar Jankovic Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

The Musical Arts Series is sponsored by Southeastern, Oklahoma Arts Council, Red River Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, the Donna Massey Music Education Support Fund and Cherokee Telephone.

Petar Jankovic, an international award-winning classical guitarist and faculty member at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, joins forces with a string quartet comprised of brilliant musicians from the university.

This collaboration creates a unique and attractive classical crossover – chamber ensemble/string quartet led by guitar.

This blend infuses new vigor and refreshing outlook in combination with the group’s expressive and enjoyable renditions.

The ensemble is well-received across a wide audience spectrum from traditional chamber music lovers to guitar enthusiasts.

Musical Arts series presents pianist on Oct. 16

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present Italian pianist Corrado Greco in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The performance is scheduled for the Fine Arts Recital Hall. Greco will present a master class for Southeastern and area students at 2 p.m. that same day in the same location.

This program is a part of the Steger-Bass International Artist Series. As part of the Musical Arts Series, the Steger-Bass series is funded by lectureship endowments provided by the families of Ruth Steger and Wanda Bass.

These lectureships are devoted to programs featuring pianists in both solo and collaborative performances. Use of a Steinway concert grand is made possible by a gift from Mrs. Marilyn Comer.

The concert is free and everyone is invited to attend.

Greco earned his piano degree magna cum laude at the age of 19 and also graduated with full marks in composition and electronic music at the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Milan. He has won numerous national and international piano competitions and was called in 1989 to represent Italy at the Invitational International Piano Competition in Palm Beach, USA.

He has appeared as soloist in hundreds of concerts for some of the most important Italian institutions. He has also performed in the United States and many other countries.

He has recently been acclaimed for a tour in piano duo with his former maestro and has made several recordings for RAI, the Italian national television and radio broadcasting company.

Greco has been a piano and music technology teacher in several conservatories in Italy and has taught at the “Verdi” Conservatory since 2007.

He has also served as Artistic Director at the University of Insubria in Varese since 2001.

Musical Arts series begins September 18

Musical Arts series begins September 18

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present eight events during the 2012-13 academic year.

This year’s sponsors include Southeastern, the Red River Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, Donna Massey Music Education Fund, and local donors and supporters.

Dr. Jeri Walker, Donna Massey Professor in Music Education at Southeastern, is the director of the Musical Arts Series. Walker directs the Music Education Program, teaching methods, fundamentals and orientation courses, and also supervises student teachers.

She is also the Artistic Director of the Southeastern Hub for Arts Resources in Education (SHARE) Children’s Choir.

Walker said, “This year’s season will be a musical adventure that includes a wide variety of styles and genre, all performed at masterful artistic levels.

“We are so fortunate to have our sponsors and donors who make this quality of musicianship available in our community. I am very excited about the concerts this year and look forward to a great season.”

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. All performances are free of charge and the public is invited.

The series begins Tuesday, September 18, with Mariachi Espuelas de Plata in concert on the lawn in front of Morrison Hall.

The U.S. Navy Country Current Country/Bluegrass Ensemble will perform Friday, September 21, in Montgomery Auditorium.

Tuesday, Oct. 16, will feature Corrado Greco Solo Piano in the Fine Arts Recital Hall. This is presented by the Steger Piano Institute and the Wanda Bass Foundation.

Talujon, a percussion ensemble, will perform in the Fine Arts Recital Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

The Zodiac Trio, clarinet, violin and piano, will appear on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Recital Hall.

Hugues LeClere, solo piano, is another Steger and Bass event in the Recital Hall on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Armonia Celeste, Early Music, will perform on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, in the Recital Hall.

The Musical Arts Series will conclude with a performance by Cantus, a Male Vocal Ensemble, in the Recital Hall on Tuesday, February 26.

Performers from the Musical Arts Series will be presenting concerts in the Durant Public Schools and workshops at Southeastern on the days of their performances.

For information, contact Walker 580-745-2385 or jwalker@SE.edu.

Musical Arts Series presents Rose Ensemble April 23

Rose Ensemble

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present The Rose Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

This will be the final performance of the season for the Musical Arts Series.

Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble revives the ancient with vocal music that stirs the emotions, challenges the mind and lifts the spirit.

The Saint Paul, Minn., group tours internationally with a repertoire spanning 1,000 years and 25 languages, including new research into Middle Eastern, European and American vocal traditions.

The Ensemble received the Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence in 2005 and was the first-prize winner at the 2007 Tolosa International Choral Competition in Spain (part of the European Choral Grand Prix).

The Ensemble has released nine recordings.

“There will be a special reception and presentation honoring our sponsors and donors for this season at 7 p.m. in Fine Arts Room 116,” said Dr. Jeri Walker, Donna Massey Professor in Music Education.

“We will go from the reception to our final concert of the season. Please join us in thanking the Mid-America Arts Alliance, Southeastern, Oklahoma Arts Council, Red River Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Steger Piano Institute, Donna Massey Music Education Support Fund, Cherokee Telephone and local friends and donors.”

Musical Arts Series presents Texas Boys Choir in concert

DURANT, Okla. – The highly acclaimed Texas Boys Choir will appear in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Durant’s First Baptist Church sanctuary as part of Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series.

Artistic director Bryan Priddy will direct the 52-voice choir through a full and varied concert. Highlights include Bach’s motet Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, movements from Ramirez’s Argentinean Folk Mass Mass Misa Criolla, and two settings of John McCrae’s World War I poem In Flanders Fields.

On the lighter side, the evening will include world, folk and popular music traditions including a Texas-style Old West Medley, complete with Stetson hats; Star Wars, a parody using famous themes from Jurassic Park, Superman, E.T. and other John Williams movie scores, plus the fully choreographed a cappella version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

The Texas Boys Choir was founded in 1946 to provide any boy, regardless of socio-economic or ethnic background, a structured environment for the development of a world-class performing choir. The Choir has performed for Popes, Presidents of the United States and for Kings and Heads of State.

The group has made multiple appearances on national television and radio broadcasts, won numerous awards, including two Grammys, and produced more than 40 professional recordings with Columbia, Decca and other independent labels.

The Musical Arts Series is appreciative of the helpfulness and generosity of the First Baptist Church choir and director Ken Bartholomew for hosting the day’s events, which include a workshop from 3:30-4:30 p.m., where the director of the Texas Boys Choir will discuss the boys’ singing voices and rehearsal strategies for children’s choirs.

There is no admission charge and the concert is open to the public. The Musical Arts Series gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors: Southeastern, the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Oklahoma Arts Council, the Red River Arts Council, the Donna Massey Music Education Support Fund, Cherokee Telephone, and other individual donors and supporters.

The Red River Arts Council appreciates the First United Bank and acknowledges its generous support as a major sponsor.

Spanish Brass to perform Feb. 21 as part of Musical Arts Series

Spanish Brass

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the Spanish Brass in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall on the Durant campus.

An eclectic and innovative chamber group, the brass quintet from Valencia, Spain, tours all over the world performing and recording.

The prize-winning ensemble consists of trumpeters Carlos Beneto and Juanjo Serna; Maria Rubio on French horn; trombonist Inda Bonet; and Sergio Finca on the tuba

The group will present music from Bach through 21st-century composers.

The Spanish Brass will also present a school program at Northwest Heights Elementary from 1-1:30 p.m. that same day.

The ensemble appears by arrangement with Lisa Sapinkopf Artists, www.chambermuse.com and acknowledges the support of the Institut Valencia de la Musica.

The Musical Arts Series gratefully acknowledges the sponsors who make this program possible: Southeastern, the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Oklahoma Arts Council, the Red River Arts Council, the Donna Massey Music Education Support Fund, and Cherokee Telephone.

Individual donors and supporters contribute through the Red River Arts Council, the MAS or both: Marilyn Comer, Eleanor Lee, Larry and Joan Minks, Kay Parham, Betty Wakefield, Carroll Staton, Thomas Kimball, David Dillow and Nancy Pyle.

The Red River Arts Council appreciates the First United Bank and acknowledges its generous support as a major sponsor.

Musical Arts Series to feature quartet on Oct. 13

Musical Arts Series to feature quartet on Oct. 13

Press Release Date: 10-6-2011

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present Quarteto Vivace Brasil at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Founded in 2008, Quarteto Vivace Brasil is one of the more exciting new groups on the Brazilian music scene. Four master players on two guitars, percussion and flute bring sizzling energy to Brazilian sambas and choros, Argentinian tangos, American ragtime and arrangements of favorite classics from Bach to Bizet’s Carmine to Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens.

The Musical Arts Series is produced with sponsorship from Southeastern, the Donna Massey Music Education Support Fund, Oklahoma Arts Council, Red River Arts Council, Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Steger Piano Institute, the Cherokee Telephone Company of Calera, Okla., and area individuals who generously provide funds for these events.

Dr. Tadeu Coelho, Brazilian-born artist/flutist, frequently appears as soloist, chamber musician and master clinician throughout the world. He is on the faculty of the University of North Carolina and has released his seventh CD, “Azules – Enchanting Music for the Soul for Flute and Harp” with Karen Thielen.

Edson Lopes teaches advanced classical guitar at the Tatui Conservatory and is conductor/arranger for the OCTOPUS Guitar Ensemble. He performs throughout Brazil in solo, chamber and concerto appearances.

Roberto Colchiesqui studied guitar at the Tatui Conservatory and has released two CDs. He appears in concerts and recitals in the South of Brazil, sponsored by the Music Initiatives of the Sao Paulo state government.

Rodrigo Marinonio studied classical percussion before entering Jazz and Popular music. He has appeared as a guest in several CDs with the Brazilian Wind Orchestra and in Japan. He serves as a professor of drum set at the Tatui Conservatory, playing with the Big Band Sam/Jazz and the instrumental group Cincado.

All Musical Arts Series performances are free of charge and the public is invited to attend. For further information, contact Dr. Jeri Walker at 580-745-2385 or jwalker@se.edu

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.