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OCU Orchestra, Chamber Choir Perform as OMEA Honor Ensembles
Two Oklahoma City University ensembles are heading to Tulsa after their selection as honor groups at the 2009 Oklahoma Music Educators Conference. The Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Choir will perform in Tulsa Jan. 29-30. It is the second consecutive year that two OCU ensembles have been selected as honor groups. Last year, the OCU Wind Philharmonic and Ad Astra women’s chorus were chosen to perform. The 52-voice Chamber Choir will perform 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa. The program includes Egil Hovland’s “The Glory of the Father,” Peter Philips’ “O Beatum et Sacrosanctum Diem,” “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre, and “Libiamo ne lieti calici” from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata. The choir will perform under the baton of Randi Von Ellefson, accompanied by pianist Jean Shackleton and violinist Elbereth Suffridge. The OCU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Mark Parker, is comprised of 90 musicians from 14 states and eight countries: Russia, Colombia, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Poland, Japan, and Canada. Parker will conduct the orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D Major. Assistant conductor Benjamin Nilles will begin the program with Carl Nielsen’s overture from “Maskarade.” The performance begin at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in the Tulsa Convention Center Assembly Hall. For more information about the Bass School of Music and its ensembles, visit