USAO Concert Band to perform storytelling-themed fall concert

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USAO Concert Band to perform storytelling-themed fall concert


The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Concert Band will perform a storytelling-themed fall concert featuring four arrangements of orchestral works either inspired by dramatic stories or written specifically to help tell a tale. 

The concert will be held in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium Monday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 

The programmed works include Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” Berlioz’s “Suite from Symphonie Fantastique,” Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf” and Johann de Meij’s “Excerpts from Symphony No. 1: The Lord of the Rings.”  

Junior psychology major Max Corbin will serve as the evening’s emcee, helping to introduce the stories of each piece. Dr. Karen Karner, assistant professor of speech-language pathology and director of the John Morris Speech-Language Pathology Clinic, will perform the narrator role in “Peter and the Wolf.” Garrett Stancil, a senior instrumental music education major from Lawton, will conduct “Symphonie Fantastique.”

Dr. Kate Sekula, assistant professor of music, has been a member of the USAO faculty since 2011. She earned her Ph.D. in music theory and history from the University of Connecticut. She received her bachelor’s in music education and flute performance from Lebanon Valley College and master’s in flute performance from George Mason University. In addition to conducting the concert band, Sekula teaches courses in music theory, instrumental music, and is coordinator of the music department.