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Dr. Cami Agan, Professor of English and Chair of the Language and Literature Department, served as faculty sponsor for 16 students who attended the Sigma Tau Delta International Conference that was held in Savannah, GA, on February 26 – March 2, 2014. Dr. Agan has taught at Oklahoma Christian University since the fall of 1997.
Mr. Josh Watson, Instructor of Communication, served as sponsor for six students attending the PRSSA Red River Conference that was held in Dallas, Texas, on February 28 – March 2, 2014. Mr. Watson has taught at Oklahoma Christian University since the spring of 2008.
The Oklahoma Christian Department of Music presented its Winter Instrumental Concert, Sunday, February 9, at 2:30 in Hardeman Auditorium. This free concert showcased OC’s Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble.
The Symphonic Band performed music by John Barnes, John Phillip Sousa, Henri Mancini as well as a medley of Beatles songs. The Chamber Orchestra presented music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Bartok, and arrangements of “Morning has Broken” and “Danny Boy.” The Jazz Ensemble performed “There Will Never Be Another You,” “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” “I Could Write A Book,” and “Deed I Do.”
The Jazz Ensemble welcomed Justin Echols, an Oklahoma City jazz musician, who sang and played the piano during the Jazz Ensemble set.
The Oklahoma Christian University Music Department will present the 25th annual Valentine Cabaret on Thursday, February 13 through Saturday, February 15. The festivities will start at 6:00 p.m.each evening with a catered dinner in the McIntosh Conservatory, located inside the Garvey Center on the OC campus, followed by the Cabaret performance at 7:00 p.m. in the adjacent Adams Recital hall. The dinner menu consists of a tossed green salad, followed by delicious chicken parmesan, paired with ziti pasta and green beans. Dessert will be a choice of triple chocolate cake or strawberry topped cheesecake.
The theme of this year’s Cabaret is “Songs for a New World,” a 1995 song cycle by the Tony Award winning composer Jason Robert Brown, who is one of the most popular figures in contemporary musical theatre. The show, in Brown’s own words, is about “one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.” Throughout the show, the four-person cast takes us through those times in life when everything seems perfect and then, suddenly, disaster strikes…and we watch how they regroup and survive.
The exquisitely crafted score, which combines elements of pop, rock, gospel, and jazz takes you through moments of comedy, drama, poignancy, and everything in between. Among the show’s sixteen songs is “Stars and the Moon,” which was made popular by the Tony Award winning actress Audra McDonald.
The cast consists of four talented OC students: Kendall Haliburton, Alyssa Jackson, Micah Ndiba, and Brian Wilcox. The show’s director is OC alumnus Chad Anderson. OC staff accompanist, Eric Grigg, is the music director and will play the piano for the performances.
Tickets go on sale at the OC Box office January 15. Tickets are $25.00 for the Dinner and Show or $10 for the show alone. For information call 425-6310 or click on the link below. Tables of eight may be purchased, otherwise general seating is available. oc.edu/ValentineCabaret
The Oklahoma Christian University Chorale and Chamber Singers will hold a concert in the Adams Recital Hall on Sunday, January 12, at 2:30 p.m. The Chamber Singers will perform a setting of Pater Noster by the well-known opera composer, Giuseppe Verdi. The Chorale will perform a variety of styles of music by such composers as John C. Tebay, Veljo Tormis, and the great Johannes Brahms. This program will be featured at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association Convention later in the week. Admission is free.