SUNDAY, JANUARY 25
Dr. David Steffens, director of percussion at the Bass School of Music at principal percussion with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, is the subject of a profile by Rick Rogers in Jan. 25 editions of the Sunday Oklahoman.
Steffens will join Professor Chad Burrow, fellow OCU faculty member and the Philharmonic's principal clarinetist, for an 8 p.m. recital Jan. 31. Saturday's performance in Petree Recital Hall is free and open to the public.
The duo will perform "Raven," a three-movement work for clarinet and marimba written for Burrow and Steffens by OCU composer-in-residence Edward Knight. Also on the program: a work for marimba, vibes, snare drum, cymbals and clarinet by Libby Larsen and a solo piece for vibraphone by University of North Texas composer Christopher Deane.
Rogers described Steffens’ OCU teaching studio as "a percussionist’s dream," and chronicled his musical career from the age of 11.
Steffens credited K. Dean Walker for establishing OCU's percussion ensemble, which he has directed since 1997. "Educationally, it’s a great laboratory for percussionists because they get to play such a wide range of styles. When it comes to putting a concert together, I try to find a program with many sides to it: maybe some ragtime, some easy listening and some more challenging listening.”