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Oklahoma Christian University’s 37th annual “Cocoa and Carols” will be Thursday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium, located in the Garvey Center on the OC campus.
A wide variety of holiday selections will be performed by students and faculty of the university’s music department. The program will begin with the traditional processional, “Personent Hodie,” followed by the performance of a set of favorite Christmas carols and the “Pater Noster” by Giuseppe Verdi. These selections will be presented by the University Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Chamber Orchestra. Conducting the works will be Dr. Kyle Pullen, Professor of Music, and Dr. Kathy Thompson, Professor of Music.
Complimentary hot cocoa and cider will be served during intermission in the Conservatory, with seasonal music provided by the University Chamber Orchestra.
Following intermission and refreshments, the program will continue with a mix of favorite Christmas selections performed by the Oklahoma Christian University Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and special guests. These selections will include yuletide favorites such as “Winter Wonderland,” “I Wonder as I Wander,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “White Christmas.”
Admission is free. For further information call 425-5530.
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Dr. Kathy Thompson, Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department, attended the National Association of Schools of Music’s Annual Meeting that was held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, on November 22-25, 2013. Dr. Thompson serves as an officer and is the voting representative for Oklahoma Christian University at NASM. She has taught full-time in OC’s Music Department since the fall of 1993.
You are invited to attend a performance on Friday, Nov. 22, by the Heath Jones Quartet with Tony Monaco, as guest soloist. Members of the quartet are: Heath Jones (saxophone), Lee Rucker (trumpet), Mitch Bell (guitar), and Willie Peterson (drums). Please join them at 7:30 in Judd Theater, (to see a campus map showing the Garvey Center facilities, including Judd Theater, follow this link (http://www.oc.edu/about/map.aspx). Admission is free.
The Oklahoma Christian University Department of Music invites you to attend the Fall Concert of the Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble on Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Judd Theater (to see a campus map showing the Garvey Center facilities, including Judd Theater, follow this link (http://www.oc.edu/about/map.aspx).
Symphonic Band selections will include Soderman’s Swedish Folk Songs and Dances, Jaime Texidor’s Amparito Roca, and music from John Williams’ score to the film Catch Me If You Can. The Chamber Orchestra’s selections include three movements from Alfred Reed’s Suite Concertante, Vaclav Nelhybel’s Danza, and the presto movement from Haydn’s Bird String Quartet. The Jazz Ensemble set will include Frank Mantooth’s arrangement of Young and Foolish and Dave Weckl’s Tower of Inspiration, and they will also feature renowned Hammond organ artist Tony Monaco. There is no admission charge for this concert.
For further information, please call 425-5530. Please join us!
The Oklahoma Christian University Department of Music invites you to attend the second concert of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra. The performance will be held on Tuesday, November 19th, at 7:30 p.m. This is the 30th season for the Oklahoma Community Orchestra, and OC Music Professor, Dr. John Fletcher is in his 10th season as conductor for the orchestra. The program will be presented in Oklahoma Christian’s Hardeman Auditorium (to see a campus map, follow this link http://www.oc.edu/about/map.aspx).
As many in our nation celebrate the legacy of President Kennedy this month, the orchestra will offer a variety of musical remembrances. Selections to be performed include Leonard Bernstein’s Fanfare for the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy, Richard Rodgers’ Victory at Sea, Greensleeves, and a medley of songs from the Broadway musical often associated with the Kennedy presidency (Camelot). The orchestra will also perform Franz Suppe’s Poet and Peasant Overture as well as the Scherzo from Antonin Dvorak’s Sixth Symphony. Additionally, the OC Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Kyle Pullen, will join the orchestra for a special selection. For further information, please call the OC Music Department at 425-5530, or visit the OCO website at www.okorchestra.org. Admission is $10 at the door and $8 if purchased in advance online (www.okorchestra.org). Children under age 13 will be admitted free of charge. OC students, faculty, and staff are admitted free of charge with their OC ID.
The Oklahoma Community Orchestra is the “orchestra-in-residence” at Oklahoma Christian University. Several OC students, alumni, and faculty perform in the orchestra. Support for this performance has been provided, in part, by the Oklahoma Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Dr. Bobby Kern presented a paper titled, “Fathers’ Parenting Behaviors & Risks for Physical and Relational Aggression in African American and Latino Adolescent Boys” at the National Council on Family Relations Conference that was held in San Antonio, TX, on November 6-9, 2013. Dr. Kern began teaching at Oklahoma Christian University in the fall of 2012.