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May 15, 2014

Norman North choir offers classics in concert

NORMAN — Tony Gonzalez, Norman North choir director, will conduct his students one last time with a concert that celebrates the classics.

The 23rd annual concert Mostly Mozart will entertain patrons of the arts at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts, 1809 Stubbeman Ave.

Gonzalez has titled this concert “The End of an Era” because he said he began the all classical music concert when he was teaching at Central Mid-High, which is now Longfellow Middle School.

This year’s concert will feature a professional orchestra per tradition and all Norman North High School choirs, including the select chorale. Conductors will include Gonzalez, Ryan Bogner and Stephen Ziegler. Susan Babcock will be the concert’s accompanist.

Gonzalez said he chose songs for the concert based on his favorites performed by his choirs throughout the years.

The program will include the following musical pieces: “Regina Coeli,” by W.A. Mozart; “Psalm 100,” by Rene Claussen; “Omnia Sol,” by Z. Randall Stroope; “Vedrai Carino,” by W.A. Mozart; “I Want What I Want When I Want It,” by Victor Herbert; “Green Finch and Linnet Bird,” by Stephen Sondheim; “Loch Lomond,” arrangement by Jonahtan Quick; “Shenandoah,” arrangement by Mack Wilberg; “Salut Printemps,” by Claude Debussy; “Serenade to Music,” by Ralph Vaughan Williams; “Laudamas Te,” by W.A. Mozart; “Art is Calling for Me,” by Victor Herbert; “Awake the Harp,” by Joseph Haydn; “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place,” by Johannes Brahms; “O Fortuna,” by Karl Orff; and “The Awakening,” by Joseph Martin.

Gonzalez said the Mostly Mozart concert is his favorite of the year because classical music is in his veins.

“I think it’s important to study the classics musically, just as we do in other areas of the arts,” he said. “The perpetuation of arts is critical to our existence.”

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