The University of Oklahoma School of Music will presents a Sutton Concert Series performance by the OU Wind Symphony Bands at 8 p.m. April 22 in Sharp Concert Hall. This concert is free and open to the public and will be streamed online at http://music.ou.edu/.
Visiting guest artists for the concert include Kevin Walczyk, composer-in-residence at the School of Music, and Ssgt. Joseph F. LeBlanc, clarinet, from “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.
The concert will honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The program for the concert includes “American Salute” by Morton Gould; “Vision of Souls,” a tribute to the victims of 9-11, and “Symphony No. 2, Epitaphs Unwritten,” both by Walczyk; “X” by Scott McAllister, and “Armed Forces Medley” arranged by Thomas Knox.
“Every piece selected for the concert is a patriotic tribute to their selfless service in defending our freedoms at home and abroad,” said William Wakefield, director of University Bands.
Wakefield said the concert will be the culmination of a week-long celebration of Walczyk’s music, with additional concerts performed the week of April 18-22. Walczyk serves as guest composer-in-residence with the OU School of Music. Throughout his stay, he will meet with student and faculty artists and coach rehearsals and performances of his compositions. Each night of his residency will feature a performance of one of his pieces.
Additional concerts performed at 8 p.m. in Sharp Concert Hall, during week of April 18-22 include:
· April 19: Sutton Concert Series will present Faculty Brass Quintet performing “Divertimento.”
· April 20: Sutton Concert Series will present OU Jazz Ensemble performing “Relaxin’ at Calarillo.”
· April 21: Visiting Guest Artist Ssgt. Joseph LeBlanc will perform the world premiere of “Bois de la Paix” at 6 p.m. in Pitman Recital Hall.
All Sutton Series performances will be in OU’s Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St.
For ticket information, call the Box Office at 325- 4101.