USAO Ensembles Come Together for Concert
The USAO Concert Wind Ensemble and the Key Players will come together to present an eclectic program of music on Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.
The Key Players is a synthesizer group assembled by Dr. Dan Hanson, professor of music, in 2006. “The keyboard ensemble,” Hanson explained, “will surprise you with rich, powerful and complex sounds. We demonstrate the versatility of synthesizers with unique arrangements of rock standards.”
The program will feature original arrangement of nine classic hit by the Beatles including, “Across the Universe,” “Hello Goodbye,” “In My Life” and other favorites.
The Key Players are John McCool of Austin, Stephanie Thompson of Yukon, Adam Bryant of Oklahoma City, Ariel Morgan of Enid, Jesse Merritt of Mino and Hanson, himself who also serves as director.
The 32-member USAO Concert Wind Ensemble presents a colorful and challenging program of contemporary and experimental music for concert band. Highlights will include a new march by Oklahoma composer Ed Huckeby and a special feature showcasing the slide trombones.
“This is a versatile group,” Hanson offered, “with an impressive range of talent.
“Performers are drawn from every course of study at USAO. Membership is open to anyone who enjoys performing music in a spirit of fun and creativity.”
Both groups serve to educate, entertain and recruit while fulfilling creative expression credits in the interdisciplinary studies core. Scholarships are available to each member of the ensembles.
Those interested in more information about the concert should call Dan Hanson at 574-2297.