Southeastern News

Chorale to perform on Nov. 16

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale, the premier choral ensemble at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, will be featured in concert on Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Recital Hall of the Fine Arts building.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Stacy Weger, will present Rising Tide:  Songs of Judgment and Hope.    The concert repertoire stems from reflections of Noah and the Flood with parallels drawn to the peril of climate change. This concert includes world music and features Randall Thompson’s Peaceable Kingdom and Ivor Davies’ Prayers from the Ark.

Southeastern Chorale concert scheduled for Nov. 17

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale will present Hodie! – A Choral Concert on Thursday, Nov. 17.  The event will be held in the Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The concert will focus on Christmas and Epiphany works emerging from Spanish, French and African-American cultures.This concert is in preparation for the Southeastern Chorale performance to be given at the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans on the Feast of the Epiphany.

The resulting works utilize a wide range of vocal techniques and writing styles ranging from Renaissance festival music to African-American spirituals.

Chorale to present concert on Nov. 18

DURANT, Okla. – The Southeastern Chorale will present, “Without Borders: A Concert,’’ on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The event will be held in the Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will focus on the works of composers who cross-cultural and language boundaries in giving voice to the human experience. The resulting works utilize a wide range of vocal techniques and writing styles, ranging from Renaissance music to jazz. Texts range from the works of William Shakespeare to Buddhist chant.   Of particular note is the work “Hymn” by native Oklahoman Toby Twining. The song — without words — incorporates throat singing and yodeling in the creation of a unique soundscape.

Twining, a noted composer residing in New York City, worked with the Chorale in the preparation of this work.

The concert is free and open to the public. Please call the Department of Music at 745-2222 for more information.

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