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Festival celebrates ‘renaissance’ thinkers, ideas Feb. 17, 18

In a world that is driven by high technology and specialization, it is easy to forget that people who gained mastery over multiple fields or disciplines have historically introduced the most fundamental changes in human culture.

Though commonly known as “renaissance men,” these thinkers, known as polymaths, appear in human history through every period and, in some cases, were not men at all.

This year’s Festival of Arts and Ideas will focus on The Polymath, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 18 in the Ballroom at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Both nights of the festival will be supplemented by a faculty and staff art show called Outside the Lines in the lobby outside the Ballroom that will include visual art as well as poetry and music.

Interested attendees are invited to arrive at 7 p.m. to take in the art show.

Fundraising campaign roars into second phase

The first comprehensive fundraising campaign at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma enters its second year with a series of face-to-face meetings with alumni and friends.

Dynamic father, son piano duo set to perform at USAO

Classical. Ragtime. Jazz. Blues. Soul. Hip-hop.

To the casual listener, these genres of music may seem like unrelated movements, separated in time by the popular audiences who embraced them and, in time, left them behind for the next new thing.

In the hands of a skilled musician, who understands how each style is an outgrowth of the period preceding it, all of this music can be transformed into a single tapestry that tells a uniquely American story.

For Donald and Barron Ryan, it has also become a vehicle for a father and son to share that multigenerational story with audiences across the country, told from the keyboards of twin pianos that ring with musical mastery and technical prowess.

Ryan & Ryan is scheduled to perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the Alumni Chapel at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma as part of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series.

USAO musicians shine at state gathering

Three members of the concert band at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma joined elite musicians from around the state in Tulsa to perform with the 2014 Oklahoma Music Educators’ Association Concert Band in mid-January.

Saxophonist Olen Cox, a senior from Hugo, trombonist Christopher Jordan, a senior from Ardmore, and flautist Lindsay Robbins, a senior from Moore, were nominated for the honor by Dr. Dan Hanson, director of the USAO Concert Band and professor of music.

Robbins took second chair in her section after competing against dozens of flautists from private and public universities around the state.

Chalk art festival sends out call to Oklahoma artists

Oklahoma artists are invited to participate in the annual Montmartre judged sidewalk chalk art festival on the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha on April 3.

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