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Massive Works Mark Wind Philharmonic, Orchestra Openers
Oklahoma City University’s award-winning Wind Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra open their season with epic performances Oct. 7 and Oct. 9. Both concerts begin at 8 p.m., and are free and open to the public “The Wind Philharmonic's concert will not only be their first of the season but also their first concert ever in the Bass Center Atrium,” said Dr. Matthew Mailman, who has conducted the ensemble since 1995. Tuesday’s program was selected to highlight the building’s acoustics. “Works such as fanfares utilize the surrounding multiple levels of the atrium while pieces such as Mozart's monumental work, the Gran Partita in B-flat, K. 361, and ‘Celebrations’ by Vincent Persichetti for chorus and wind ensemble take advantage of the acoustical resonance of the large space.” Also on the Wind Philharmonic program is “Pacific Fanfare” by Frank Ticheli; “The Leaves are Falling” by Warren Benson; and “Resonances I” by Ron Nelson. Oklahoma City University’s Ad Astra Women's Chorus, University Men's Chorus and Chamber Choir will join the Wind Philharmonic for the Persichetti piece. On Oct. 9, Mark Parker and the OCU Symphony Orchestra will kick off their season in Petree Recital Hall. “Our season-opening concert is a massive program,” said Parker, dean of OCU’s Bass School of Music. “I am so proud of the growth of our orchestra that I could feel confident programming such a concert so early in the year.” Thursday’s orchestra performance will be preceded by a 7:30 p.m. talk with Dr. Erik Heine in the Atrium. “The concert opens with a very difficult and exciting overture by American composer Samuel Barber,” Parker said. Barber’s overture to “School for Scandal,” will be conducted by assistant conductor Benjamin Nilles. Student concerto competition winner Alejandro Acosta will perform the first movement of the Lalo Cello Concerto. Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 concludes the program. “Performing a Mahler symphony is a reason for celebration for any professional orchestra, and even more so with a university orchestra,” Parker said. For more information, contact the Bass School of Music at (405) 208-5474 or visit www.okcu.edu/music .