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The Oklahoma Christian University Department of Music invites you to attend the opening concert of the Oklahoma Community Orchestra on Tuesday, October 16, at 7:30 p.m. Billed as an American Spectacular, this concert will feature the orchestra performing with former Miss America Susan Powell, and will also offer a world premiere of a fanfare by Oklahoma composer Callen Clarke. 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).
Since her year as Miss America 1981, Susan Powell has performed in theatres, opera houses, and concert halls all over the world. She also hosted HOME MATTERS, her own one-hour series on the Discovery Channel, which ran for 12 seasons. New York audiences have seen her as Alcamene in OLYMPUS ON MY MIND and as Johanna in Harold Prince’s production of SWEENEY TODD at the New York City Opera. She made her operatic debut as Adele in DIE FLEDERMAUS with the Seattle Opera and returned the following season as Micaela in CARMEN. Ms. Powell hails from Oklahoma, having been raised in Elk City.
In addition to sharing the stage with Susan Powell, the orchestra will perform additional selections, including Howard Hanson’s Second Symphony (the Romantic), Don Gillis’ Short Overture to an Unwritten Opera, and Callen Clarke’s Spark. The OCO commissioned Mr. Clarke to write Spark to kick off the new season. He lists his inspiration for the piece as ‘all the teachers in the state of Oklahoma.’ The orchestra previously collaborated with Clarke when presenting his work The Mary Rose. 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 OCO is the “orchestra-in-residence” at Oklahoma Christian University. Several OC students, alumni, and faculty perform with the orchestra. Support for this performance has been provided, in part, by the Oklahoma Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.