USAO Announces Spring Full of Music, Drama

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

CHICKASHA – Local community members should find no excuse for boredom this spring, now that the University of Science and Arts has released its spring performing arts lineup. With multiple concerts, recitals and performances planned for the new semester, Grady County and neighboring communities should have plenty to do to stay entertained.

“The music and drama departments are pleased to offer such a diverse array of performances featuring our talented students and faculty,” said Dr. Stephen Weber, associate professor of music. “This type of music and drama calendar enriches the lives of community citizens and defines USAO’s role as a cultural and artistic hub of Grady County.”

The Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series kicks off Jan. 23 when award-winning opera singer Jeffrey Snider comes to the USAO campus for an evening concert. The 7:30 p.m. performance in the USAO Alumni Chapel features the baritone singing more than 20 operatic selections from Handel, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and more. Snider also will lead a free master class at noon that day in Davis Hall 124.

Tickets for the evening show range from $2 for USAO students to $10 for general public. Tickets are available through the USAO Box Office in Troutt Hall or by phone at (405) 574-1213.

USAO’s first major theatre production for 2007 runs Feb. 8-10 in the Davis Hall Theatre. Katie Simons, assistant professor of drama, will direct “Two Rooms” at 8 p.m. nightly. The play deals with the emotional and physical trauma of a man being held captive overseas while his wife awaits his return at their home in the United States.

Throughout the spring, several theatrical events are planned as well, including the reader’s theatre performance of “To Gilliam on Her 37th Birthday” on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Hall Theatre. From March 29-31, USAO’s drama department will host several one-act plays as part of a senior honors project, and April 13 will yield a “Festival of One-Act Plays.”

The University’s music department is in full swing, with more than 10 student or guest recitals scheduled for the spring. The department hosts student recitals at noon in the Davis Hall choir room every second and fourth Tuesday through April.

Additionally, each of USAO’s musical and choral ensembles will give a final spring performance highlighting the semester’s accomplishments.

The Concert Band will join the new USAO Key Players Synthesizer Ensemble on March 27 for an evening performance in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. The Concert Choir is scheduled to perform several vocal pieces on April 3 in the USAO Alumni Chapel. The USAO ShowBand will take the stage on April 6 in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.

All events are open to the public. Departmental music concerts are free, and admission is charged for drama productions. More information is available from Dr. Stephen Weber at (405) 574-1295 or Katie Simons at (405) 574-1310.

USAO events always are listed online at under Calendar or News.