Spring concert promises triple threat April 12

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April-06-2011
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Three USAO ensembles come together for one concert on April 12 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at the University of Science and Arts. This free concert also features a unique big-screen video treatment that lets the audience see musicians’ hands.

The Vocal Jazz and Concert Wind ensembles are scheduled to team up with the Key Players to present a concert on April 12 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at the University of Science and Arts. This free concert also features a unique big-screen video treatment that lets the audience see musicians’ hands.

The 25-member wind ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Dan Hanson, professor of music, will present a challenging program of contemporary and experimental music for concert band. Highlights include John Philip Sousa's "Washington Post March," and dynamic pieces by Frank Ticheli, Claude T. Smith, Robert Sheldon, and Oklahoman Ed Huckeby.

"This is a versatile group with an impressive range of talent,” Hanson noted.

“Performers are drawn from every course of study at USAO. Membership is open to anyone who enjoys performing music in a grand spirit of fun and creativity."

The Vocal Jazz ensemble will be performing a number of contemporary classics in preparation for a tour of Oklahoma schools that will end in a visit to Tulsa Community College later in the Spring. Concert attendees can look forward to hearing the jazz ensemble interpret songs like “As Time Goes By” and “Blue Moon.”

Under the direction of Dr. Ken Bohannon, associate professor of music, the Vocal Jazz ensemble has delivered more than 25 performances in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and, most recently, on board the Ecstasy Carnival Cruise ship.

The Key Players are one of the most unique performinggroups at USAO. Composed of two keyboards backed by a traditional guitar, bass and drums combo, the ensemble gives student musicians the opportunity to play music that might otherwise be overlooked during their studies.

Hanson, who directs and performs with the Key Players noted that “the keyboard group demonstrates rich, powerful and complex sounds.

“We demonstrate the versatility of synthesizers with unique arrangements of classic popular hits."

The Key Players setlist features original arrangements of several timeless jazz tunes from the Big Band Era and two Andrew Lloyd Webber hits from "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Phantom Of The Opera."

The Key Players include John McCool of Austin, Adam Bryant of Tuttle, Ariel Morgan of Enid, Jesse Merritt of Minco, and Hanson.

All of the groups serve to educate, entertain and recruit while helping students to meet degree requirements. Scholarships are available to each member of the ensembles.

More information is available from Hanson at 574-1297.