Metro choir joins world-class violinist for Gold Dome concert
The Harding Fine Arts Academy Concert Choir is slated to join celebrated violinist Yuval Waldman for a concert of Christmas music from around the world for the third annual Holiday Concert Under the Dome.
The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Gold Dome building located at the corner of 23rd and Classen in Oklahoma City.
The choir will contribute two international carols to the concert, a Colombian piece titled, "A La Nanita Nana,” and "Noel Ayisyen," by Haitian composer Emile Desamours.
HFAA Choral Director, J. Warren Mitchell describes the choir as able “to perform music from all the major stylistic periods from Renaissance Madrigal pieces to international arrangements of contemporary music.”
Harding Fine Arts Academy (HFAA) is a “public, charter high school sponsored by the Oklahoma City Public School District. In addition to the traditional required academic subjects, including mathematics, English, science, and social studies, students may select as many as three elective classes in dance, music, theatre or visual arts programs,” according to the school’s website.
Mitchell describes his students as having a “love and passion for music and the arts.
“I teach my students that the same skill sets that bring them success in music are the same skills that will bring them success in life and any endeavor they encounter,” Mitchell said.
The HFAA Concert Choir will join Waldman and a handpicked string ensemble for the concert.
Waldman, a Russian-born Israeli violinist who has performed around the globe, serves as creative director for this third Holiday Music Under the Dome event. In Oklahoma, Waldman is known for the highly imaginative three-year series on great composers at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.
Waldman will perform a variety of holiday concertos from around the world, including Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, with his string ensemble.
The Holiday Music Under the Dome is sponsored by the USAO Foundation and the Gold Dome Multicultural Society.
Around the world, Waldman is well known for his thoughtful and stylish performances and recordings of Baroque music, both as a violinist and as a conductor. He has championed rarely performed 19th century masterpieces and has commissioned and premiered numerous works by contemporary American and Israeli composers.
Some of Waldman’s career highlights include conducting on the Congressional steps in Washington, D.C., in a memorial concert on the first anniversary of the 9-11 World Trade Center disaster, welcoming the millennium in a Benedictine monastery in Rome, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel in Moscow and conducting Bach’s “Mass in B Minor” for Portuguese villagers in Madeira.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and children 18 and under, and are available at www.usao.edu/dome or by calling 405-574-1213. Tickets also are available at the Gold Dome or from the Harding Fine Arts Academy.
Proceeds from the concert will benefit music programs at USAO and the Gold Dome Multicultural Society.