OC presents band and orchestra concerts

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music will present its final instrumental concerts of the school year next week.

The Chamber Orchestra will perform its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m., with a concert featuring OC’s Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble slated for Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Both concerts will be held in the Adams Recital Hall in the Garvey Center on the OC campus. Admission to both concerts is free.

The Chamber Orchestra will perform “Let it Go” from Frozen, Mozart’s “Piano Concerto in A Major,” an excerpt from Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” and Faure’s “Sicilienne.”

Professor of Music and Music Department Chair Kathy Thompson directs the Chamber Orchestra. Thompson also is a member of the Oklahoma City Community Orchestra.

The Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band will play a wide variety of songs, including “Down by the Riverside,” “5-2 and Eyes of Blue” from Dixieland, “Two Seconds of Midnight,” “Blues Machine,” “Latin Injections” and “Sway.”

The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Professor Heath Jones, was named the “Outstanding Band” of the April 2005 Redbud Jazz Festival at Northern Oklahoma College. Jones has been a member of OC’s faculty since 2000 and is a professional performer in the Oklahoma City area.

Professor John Fletcher directs the Symphonic Band, which performs on campus and at local venues in addition to an annual tour. Fletcher also is a member of the Oklahoma City Community Orchestra and has been on the OC faculty since 1987.

A campus map is available at www.oc.edu/map. For more information, call John Fletcher at (405) 425-5530.