USAO’s Choir Debuts Spring Variety in April 3 Concert

Thursday, March 22, 2007


CHICKASHA – Classical music meets classic pop when the Concert Choir performs its annual spring concert on April 3 at the University of Science and Arts. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel.

By combining the works of classical composers with Broadway tunes and pop hits, the Concert Choir ensures a musical variety. As a tribute to Mozart, the choir will sing “Six Nocturnes.”

“All of the nocturnes are love songs with texts by the leading opera librettist of the day, Italian poet Metastasio,” said Dr. Jan Hanson, professor of music and conductor of the Concert Choir. “The ‘Six Nocturnes’ are included in the choir program as a tribute to the great Mozart on the 250th anniversary of his birth.”

Broadway will get its own special treatment with selections from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Woman in White” and Stephen Schwartz’s  “Wicked.”

The choir will lighten up the evening with swing hit “On the Sunny Side of the Street” by Jimmy McHugh and the sweet lullaby, “Goodnight,” by The Beatles.

Adjunct music instructor Deborah Johnson will provide accompaniment for the Concert Choir.

The spring concert is free and open to the public.