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Pianist Catalin Dima to perform at Musical Arts concert on February 6

Catalin Dima

Catalin Dima

By UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

DURANT, Okla. – Pianist Catalin Dima will present a recital of the 24 Preludes of Frederic Chopin and Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit on Wednesday, February 6, on the campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Hallie McKinney Ballroom due to renovations in the Fine Arts Building.

There is no admission for the concert.

Dima, a newly appointed Southeastern faculty member, is a prize-winner in many national and international competitions, and has performed numerous solo recitals and concerts in the United States, Romania, France, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Malawi. Among most recent concerts, Dima has performed at the Cosmos Club in D.C. as a guest artist invited by the Embassy of Romania and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

He also played six concerts with violinist Alexandru Malaimare in which  they promoted Romanian music in Virginia, Illinois, and Indiana. Dima and Malaimare will perform a recital on the Southeastern campus in Spring 2019.

This concert is the first piano performance of the 45th season of the Musical Arts Series sponsored by the Ruth Steger Piano Institute and the Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Lectureship. For more information about Musical Arts Series events, contact Dr. Jeremy Blackwood at jblackwood@se.edu or 580.745.2088.

Musical Arts concert scheduled for Jan. 28

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present Maurizio Barbaro, piano, and Rocco Parisi, clarinet, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

This is a Steger/Bass Foundation event. These two Italian artists have won many prizes all over the world.

Barbaro completed his artistic education at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He is on the faculty of the Paganini Conservatory in Genoa, is artist in residence and soloist of the Dumitrescu Philharmonic Orchestra of Valcea, Romania, and teaches at the International Summer Courses in Bergolo.

Parisi earned a degree in bass clarinet at the Rotterdam Conservatorium, a master’s degree in clarinet at the Conservatorio “F. Ghedini” of Cuneo and a Diploma of Honor at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. He is currently professor of clarinet and bass at the conservatory “Antonio Vivaldi” in Alessandria.

 

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.”

Musical Arts series features two upcoming events

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the Zodiac Trio on Tuesday, Nov. 13, and Hugues Leclere on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Both events begin at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude the 2012 portion of the Musical Arts Series, which will resume in early February of 2013.

All concerts are free and the community is invited.

Season sponsors include Southeastern, Cherokee Telephone Company, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Red River Arts Council, Donna Massey Fund for Music Education, and private donors.

The Zodiac Trio of clarinet, violin and piano was formed at the Manhattan School of Music and has performed in leading venues including the Festival Radio France Montpelier, Lincoln Center in New York City, the Four Season Performing Arts Center in Toronto, Izumi Hall in Japan and the Oriental Performing Arts Center in Shanghai.

The group’s performances have been broadcast by national and international radio and television stations.

The Zodiac Trio prides itself on being a strong advocate of outreach work and education, helping raise tomorrow’s classical music audience as well as presenting master classes and guidance to future performances at conservatories and universities.

Hugues Leclere graduated from the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris with high honors in piano, music theory and chamber music.

A noted concert piano soloist, he performs more than 50 concerts a season in France, the United States, Japan, China and Europe.

He has been invited to perform by many major orchestras around the world.

Known as an outstanding interpreter of Debussy, Ravel and their contemporaries, he is also a master of the German repertoire of Beethoven and Brahms and the Austrian repertoire of Mozart and Haydn.

As an active participant in contemporary artistic life, Leclere works with many composers, contributing to commissions for new works.

In addition to his career as a concert artist, he teaches at the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris, Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon and is the Artistic Director of the international festival Nancyphonies.

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 Sept. 18 with outdoor concert

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 18, with Mariachi Espuelas de Plata in concert on the lawn of Morrison Hall.

In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.

All concerts are free and the community is invited. Season sponsors include Southeastern, Cherokee Telephone Company, Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Red River Arts Council, Donna Massey Fund for Music Education, and private donors.

There will be Mexican food for sale and wonderful music performed by the regionally acclaimed group from Dallas.

The ensemble has played for countless events around the Metroplex and in the north Texas/southern Oklahoma region. In addition, the members volunteer their talent and time to help area schools through providing clinics for their Mariachi bands.

Mariachi Espuelas de Plata will perform at Washington Irving Elementary School that afternoon.

Southeastern’s second MAS event is scheduled three days later when The United States Navy Band “Country Current” performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Montgomery Auditorium.

“Country Current” is the U.S. Navy’s premier country/bluegrass ensemble and is nationally renowned for its versatility and eye-popping musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. “Country Current” has been delighting fans for nearly 40 years with a fun-filled and family-friendly stage show.

The musicians come from diverse backgrounds with extensive high-profile recording and touring experience in music scenes such as Nashville, Tenn., New York City and New Orleans.

In the tradition of country music, each member is a skilled performer on multiple instruments. The band utilizes banjo, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar and drums.

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 chamber orchestra in concert on Sept. 29

Musical Arts series presents chamber orchestra in concert on Sept. 29

Press Release Date: 9-20-2011

Chamber orchestra, A Far Cry

Chamber orchestra, A Far Cry

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the first of seven 2011-12 events on Sept. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Performing will be the chamber orchestra, A Far Cry. The orchestra was founded in 2007 by 17 young musicians with the intention of making music according to their own rules.

This ground-breaking, self-conducted string orchestra has enjoyed a heady ascent toward the highest ranks of today’s new generation of classical ensembles. A Far Cry explores the traditional boundaries of classical music, experimenting with the ways it is prepared, performed and experienced.

A string quartet comprised of members of the orchestra will present a performance at Durant Intermediate School at 1 p.m. on Sept. 29.

The Musical Arts Series is produced with sponsorship from Southeastern, the Donna Massey Music Education Support Fund, Oklahoma Arts Council, Red River Arts Alliance, Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Steger Piano Institute, the Cherokee Telephone Company of Calera, Okla., and local friends and donors.

The ensemble is the Chamber Orchestra in Residence at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Along with a busy touring schedule, A Far Cry maintains an educational partnership with the New England Conservatory.

A Far Cry appears by arrangement with Lisa Sapinkopf Artists,www.chambermuse.com.

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.