Southeastern News

Musical Arts Series presents “Fifth House Ensemble’’ on April 25

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series will present the Fifth House Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The Fifth House Ensemble will be the final event in the 40th year of the Musical Arts Series. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Fifth House Ensemble combines flute, cello and piano. The Chicago-based ensemble is a versatile and dynamic group praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse.”

Having pioneered the art of narrative chamber music with its signature series, Black Violet, The Weaver’s Tale, and In Transit, the group’s innovative performances engage audiences through their connective programing and unexpected performance venues.

The program is entitled “Exotic Americas and Beyond” and opens with a trio full of light and bubbly melodies that set the stage for the music to follow.

Each player has a feature work that shares both instrument and personality with the audience.

The program builds to George Crumb’s Voice of the Whale (Vox Balaenae), a semi-staged work where masked performers explore the sounds of their instruments in unexpected ways.

Crumb’s iconic work was the first piece these instrumentalists performed together, years before the forming of Fifth House, and it remains one of the most popular performance pieces.

The Fifth House Ensemble will also present two workshops for all interested artists. “Curriculum Integration on the Assembly Stage” is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 24, in Fine Arts 116. The discussion will include concert design tips, tricks and ideas for the entire process.

“Arts Start-Up” will be presented from 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, in Fine Arts 116. The topics will include finding your artistic voice, ways to create business and funding structures, networking and marketing.

As a part of this two-day residency, Southeastern students will be coached by Fifth House musicians and perform one of Fifth House’s signature in-school concerts, entitled “Music Can Tell a Story” at Durant Intermediate School. The performance is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Friday, April 25.

The workshops are also open to the public free of charge.

The Musical Arts Series programs are made possible by generous donations from state and local arts funds, businesses and individuals. For information on becoming a supporter, contact Dr. Tristan Eggener at or 580-745-2240.

Southeastern to present series on children and society

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will present a series of lectures and arts events titled “Lost Child – A Multidisciplinary Reflection on Children and Society’’ —  in November.  The-two week series is designed to bring focus to society’s role and responsibility in safeguarding the wellbeing of its children.

               Presentations, lectures, and arts offerings will serve as the platform for this reflection with contributions from the departments of Art, Communication, and Theatre; English, Humanities and Languages; and Music.  Other speakers will be participating from the Denison Independent School District and the Chickasaw Nation.

 Admission to all events is free, though the Southeastern Chorale is asking for food donations from those attending their concert to go toward Families Feeding Families.  Additionally, the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity of Southeastern Oklahoma State University will lead a food drive during the first two weeks of November as a service benefiting children in our area.

 A complete list of events includes:

Tuesday, November 5

       8:30 p.m. Playhouse Auditorium,  “Dance for the Lost Child” Arts Presentation, Theatre at Southeastern Dance Program,  Riley Risso, MFA – Director , Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre


Thursday, November 7 – 9:30 a.m. Student Union Auditorium,   “Infinite Hope | Malala’s Journey” – Presentation, Dr. Shannon McCraw with  Rylee Hendricks,

Sierra Kinnamon,  Hanna McMurtrey, Katrina Rose, Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre


Monday, November 11 – 3 p.m. Fine Arts Building Recital Hall, Dr. Jani Barker – Lecture Presentation               ,  “Risky Stories: Picture Book Art About the Endangered Child for the Child in Safety,”  Department of English, Humanities, and Languages                                                                       

Wednesday, November 13 – 3 p.m.  Fine Arts Building  Recital Hall, Dr. Meg Cotter- Lynch – Lecture Presentation,    “Earthly Mothers, Heavenly Father, and Children Left Behind,” Department of English, Humanities, and Languages

9 p.m.  Playhouse Lobby,    “A Child’s Journey” – Poet’s Coffee House, Theatre at Southeastern,  Kathleen Hardgrove. MFA -Project Director,

  Department of Art, Communication, and Theatre


Thursday, November 14 – 4 p.m. – Fine Arts Building  Room 116 –  Jackie Melancon MA, Med – Lecture Presentation,   “The Art of Teaching the Lost Child,’’ Denison Independent School District 

Tuesday, November 19 – 7:30 p.m.  Fine Arts Building  Recital Hall –    “Lost Child” – Arts Presentation,  Southeastern Chorale in Concert, Dr. Stacy Weger, Conductor,

Dr. Tristan Eggener, Accompanist, Department of Music

Please contact the Department of Music at 580-745-2088 or Southeastern Oklahoma State University at 580-745-2394  to request assistance due to a disability. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed without adequate advance notice.

Jazz Band presents “A Haunting’’ on Oct. 30

DURANT, Okla. – Halloween gets a head start this year when Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Jazz Band presents “The Haunting: A Jazz Concert,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

The Southeastern Jazz Ensemble is managed and directed by Dr. Tristan Eggener, assistant professor of music.

“I’m very excited to be working with this group of students,” Eggener said. “I believe all of their hard work and dedication entitles them to more than just a semester concert. They deserve a full-blown event.”

There will be a full program of great classic and contemporary jazz music that includes arrangement of “Take the A Train,’’  and “Rock This Town.” There will also be prizes, a costume contest and a spooky reception following the concert.

This interactive performance will be a fun and intimate showcase for the best instrumentalists Southeastern has to offer.

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

For more information, contact Eggener, assistant professor of music, at 920-544-1074 or