Spring Concert Features Celtic Twist March 30

Friday, March 24, 2006


Heralding spring with bagpipes, Scottish-Highland dancing, and folksongs, the Concert Choir will present a unique musical experience March 30 at the University of Science and Arts.


The university’s Concert Choir will debut its annual Spring Concert with a Celtic flair at 7:30 p.m. in the Davis Hall Theatre. Under the direction of Dr. Jan Hanson, the choral arrangements will include Irish and Scottish tunes such as “A Celtic Suite,” “Go, Lassie, Go,” and “Celtic Lullaby.” Deborah Johnson will accompany the choir on piano.


Guest performers include Jim Saylors of Chickasha on the bagpipes, as well as Scottish-Highlander dancer Laura Venable. A 19-year-old USAO freshman from Piedmont, Venable has danced professionally for nine years and competed in eight states.

Instrumental Irish folk music will be performed by Annica Canady on oboe, Thomas Proctor on bassoon, Rhenada Finch on piano, and Andrea Taylor on violin.


The eclectic concert will also feature traditional spirituals as well as American folksongs. The choir will be singing “Shout Glory,” “Plenty Good Room,” and a new version of “Joshua’s Battle.” The concert will conclude with the American folksong “Old Joe Clark” accompanied by spoons and washboard.


The Concert Choir is USAO’s primary performing vocal group. The ensemble includes music majors as well as singers from other majors throughout the university. The Spring Concert is free and open to the public.