OC invites community to orchestra concert Oct. 2 This event follows OC's free Grand Concert Sept. 30

Sep 30, 2018

Affordable, high-quality musical performances are what the Oklahoma Community Orchestra is known for, and OC is proud to host the group for a concert Oct. 2. Directed by Irvin L. Wagner, OCO will open its new season in Hardeman Auditorium.

Bassoonist Rodney Ackmann will be the featured guest artist. He will perform Mozart's "Bassoon Concerto" in B flat major written in 1774. The concert will also pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein on the 100th anniversary of his birth year.

General admission tickets to the concert are $12.50 online and $15 at the door with open seating. Visit okorchestra.org for more information.

The OCO consists of musicians in the greater Oklahoma City area that seek to promote the performing arts and provide quality performances of symphonic literature at a nominal charge to the community. Approximately 75 musicians perform in the orchestra and most performances are at OC. Support for performances has been provided, in part, by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

The OCO has been the “orchestra-in-residence” at Oklahoma Christian since 1995. Several Oklahoma Christian students, alumni and faculty perform in the orchestra. OC provides the rehearsal space, concert halls, stage manager services and related concert expenses, and OC also allows the orchestra use of the school's percussion instruments, chairs, stands, risers and shells without charge. 

Previously this week, all of OC's musical groups united to entertain the campus community in a free event. OC's department of music presented its 23rd annual Grand Concert Sept. 30 in Hardeman Auditorium. The concert formally began at 2:30 p.m., and OC's Chamber Orchestra performed at 2 p.m. in the McIntosh Conservatory outside of the auditorium.

Kyle Pullen, the choir director, looks forward to the Grand Concert each year as an opportunity to showcase different pieces of music for the OC community.

“This performance is a chance to show off the talent of the music students and to challenge them to learn as much music as they can in a short amount of time,” Pullen said. “This year’s choirs have worked so hard and performed our pieces beautifully.”

To learn more about OC's department of music, visit www.oc.edu/music