Spectacle, superb performances await performing arts series supporters
1964 The Tribute. Chinese Dragon acrobats. Celtic Spring. Jami Smith.
Over the past eleven years, the University of Science and Arts has played host to international superstars thanks to the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series (DWPAS). Now, as the series is poised to open its twelfth season, DWPAS coordinator Dr. Ken Bohannon is as proud of the program’s past as he is enthusiastic about its future.
“It’s hard to believe that more than 10 years have passed since we got the series off the ground,” Bohannon said. “I look forward to the challenge each year of finding a diverse group of performers to live up to the program’s legacy.”
Bohannon, who coordinates USAO’s music department, thinks this year’s offerings may be one of the best yet.
USAO’s fall 2012 semester begins Aug. 27.
The DWPAS kicks off this year on Sept. 25 with a performance from Sangeet Millennium, a world-music ensemble, featuring sitarist Amie Maciszewski. Maciszewski has performed throughout North America, India, Europe and Japan.
On Nov. 30, the Chicago Tap Theatre company is scheduled to perform, bringing with them a mission to preserve a uniquely American dance form while entertaining audiences of all ages. The dance troupe is slated to perform at special holiday show.
The second half of the season will see two very different, but exciting groups grace the stage of Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.
The Texas Boys Choir is scheduled to perform on March 1. Founded in 1946, the choir was described by legendary composer Igor Stravinsky as “the best boys choir in the world” and has performed for multiple presidents of the United States, heads of state and the Pope.
The series closes out its 12th season with a performance from the Ying Quartet on April 15. Structured like a traditional string quartet, the Ying Quartet strives to push the boundaries of what people expect from classical music through daring collaborations and performances in workplaces, juvenile prisons, schools and the White House.
All the DWPAS performances are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium with the exception of the Ying Quartet, which will perform in the more intimate Alumni Chapel.
The Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series is sponsored by the USAO Foundation with major funding support from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Chickasha Public School Foundation.
Local businesses interested in sponsoring the series are invited to call 574-1349 for more information.
Season tickets for the DWPAS are $40 for the general public, $35 for seniors and USAO Alumni Association members, $20 for USAO staff and faculty, $12 for students and children under 18 and only $8 for USAO students.
Both season and individual performance tickets can be purchased online at usao.edu/dwpas or at the USAO business office. More information about the series can be obtained by calling 574-1293.