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April 5, 2014

Arts Week to feature concerts

NORMAN — The President’s Arts Week is the annual spring celebration of the fine arts at the University of Oklahoma.

This year the School of Music offers seven concerts throughout the week in the OU Arts District. The Percussion Ensembles Concert conducted by Lance Drege begins the week’s festivities 8 p.m. Thursday in Sharp Concert Hall, featuring all of the percussion chamber ensembles at OU. The OU Steel Band will perform in Gothic Hall at the end of the concert and refreshments will be serve.

The Student Composers Concerts are a two-day event of the presenting composers from the School of Music, times are 4 p.m. April 11 and noon April 12 in Pitman Recital Hall. The concerts are free and open to the public.

The OU President’s Concert, “Haydn’s The Seasons,” is a compilation of music, song and dance to Franz Joseph Haydn’s classical oratorio, under the direction of Dr. Richard Zielinski, artistic director and conductor of OU Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs, and Mary Margaret Holt, artistic director of the Oklahoma Festival Ballet.

Two performances are scheduled 8 p.m. April 12 and 3 p.m. April 13 in Reynolds Performing Arts Center. Special reserved seating tickets are $20 and may be purchased through the OU Fine Arts Box Office.

The concert showcases the world premiere ballet performance choreographed by Holt, OU School of Dance director, and Ilya Kozadayev, School of Dance assistant professor. Oklahoma Festival Ballet will perform the ballet, with special guest artist Brett Young.

“The Seasons” is performed by the OU Symphony Orchestra and OU Combined Choirs, with the vocal talents of School of Music students and soloists soprano Donna Mitchell-Cox, tenor Joel Burcham, and bass-baritone Mark Billy.

Events scheduled in Sharp Concert Hall are the OU Civic Orchestra at 8 p.m. April 13; Oklahoma Fancy Dancers: Pow Wow Music and Dance at 8 p.m. April 16, and the New Century Ensemble at 8 p.m. April 17.

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