The USAO Concert Band is just one of several student ensembles gearing up for concerts and activities this spring at USAO. From theatrical productions to live performances and choral concerts, the spring semester is filled with multiple family-friendly events open to the public. In addition to student performances, the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series and the Festival of Music and Ideas continue in February.
Christopher Oden and Kelley Curran star as Prospero and Miranda, respectively, in the upcoming performance of 'The Tempest' at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma March 4. Based in New York, the Tony- and Obie-award winning Acting Company brings William Shakespeare's classic play to the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. as the final act in the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series. Tickets for the show are on sale now in the USAO Business Office or by phone at (405) 574-1213. Photo by James Culp for The Acting Company.
James Greenlee, a bachelor of fine arts junior from Tulsa, was one of 11 art students from USAO selected to exhibit art in January's 'Momentum' art exhibit. The annual juried art show, held in Oklahoma City, featured more than 20 original works from current and former USAO art students. Greenlee's piece, 'Pipe Dreams' was selected from submissions from more than 200 artists across the state.
USAO invites students, faculty, staff, alumni and local community members to join a team of travelers headed to New York May 20-25. More information is available from tour leader Roger Drummond at (405) 361-2554. From left are 2007 New York tour members Candy Nicholson, Jamie Knapp, Katt Krause, USAO graphic designer Marcie Price and Dovie Hines, a 2006 graduate.
Chickasha art sophomore Aubrey Tucker contemplates 'Time Goes By,' an original work by Oklahoma City artist Paul Medina. On display through Feb. 8 in the USAO Art Gallery, Medina's multimedia pieces combine woodwork, photography and paint to capture human emotion. The USAO Art Gallery is free and open to the public.
Ali Crouch is one of 15 art sophomores currently displaying original artwork in USAO's annual sophomore art review exhibition. 'Different Strokes' includes paintings, black and white photography, ceramics and more, most of which are for sale. An opening reception is open to the public Jan. 25 from 4-7 p.m. The exhibit remains on display through Feb. 27 in the Davis Hall Third Floor Art Gallery.
South American folk band Andes Manta takes center stage Feb. 15 as part of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series. With 35 distinct ethnic instruments including percussion, Andean flute and 6-foot long panpipes, Andes Manta takes listeners on a family-fun adventure through the Amazon rain forest. Tickets for the show are on sale in the USAO Business Office or by phone at (405) 574-1213.
Dr. Jeanne Mather and her team of USAO students and community members delivered more than 7,000 new books to underprivileged children in 14 Oklahoma counties over the Christmas break. Now in its 12th year, Books for Tots has delivered more than 41,500 new books to Oklahoma children of all ages. Mather is a professor of education and founder of Books for Tots at USAO.
Rebekah Ervin, left, and Andrea Jones recently were selected to perform with the state's top university musicians. The USAO music students will join the Oklahoma All-Collegiate Honor Band for a live performance Jan. 17 in Tulsa as part of the annual Oklahoma Music Educators Conference.