USAO Presents Theatre, Concerts in Fall Lineup

Friday, September 22, 2006

CHICKASHA – When it comes to music and theatre, the University of Science and Arts is preparing for a myriad of events this fall. Multiple band and choir concerts, as well as a premiere opera and the semester’s first play, are slated for the fall’s performing arts agenda at USAO.

USAO music faculty will join forces Oct. 9 to put on a special concert in the Alumni Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Featured performers include baritone Dr. Ken Bohannon, associate professor of music; percussionist and keyboardist Dr. Dan Hanson, professor of music; pianist Dr. Stephen Weber, associate professor of music; and duo-pianist Dr. Jan Hanson, professor of music.

The concert will showcase several smaller ensembles as well. Joining Jan Hanson in a piano duet will be choral accompanist Deborah Johnson. Woodwind instructor David Vandewalker will perform a clarinet piece and Kent Barker will present a tuba solo selection. Jazz guitarist Joe Settlemires, Showband director, will perform with piano accompaniment by recent USAO graduate Rhenada Finch.

Additionally, the music department hosts student recitals at noon in the Davis Hall choir room every second and fourth Tuesday through November.

The eclectic lineup for the fall is an appropriate reflection of the campus community’s artistic abilities, Weber said.

“There’s an incredible amount of talent in the performing arts at USAO,” Weber said, “and we’re pleased to offer a diverse calendar of events that showcases the abilities of our students and faculty.”

Bringing theatre to life this fall is new Assistant Professor of Drama Katie Simons, whose production, “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” debuts Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Hall Theatre. For three performances, the play will feature more than two dozen USAO students driving the well-known comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

Simons said the production promises a fun time.

“The wit and fun of the script for this fall’s production is contagious,” she said. “Dozens of students already are impressing me with their dedication, comic talent and energy. It should be a show that no one will want to miss!”

The play will continue Oct. 28 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on the 29th.

On Oct. 30, the performing arts schedule continues with the Student Honors Recital, which spotlights vocal, piano and instrumental students at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel.

November offers many musical opportunities as well, with the premiere production of “The Quantum Fieldtrip,” a space opera for children written by USAO’s new Director of Alumni Affairs Julie Bohannon, with music by Weber. The USAO Concert Band will perform its annual fall concert, and the USAO Concert Choir will present a Christmas concert. In December, the USAO Showband will give its fall concert as well.

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

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