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Picón Sings, Belcik Conducts 'Band Goes to the Opera'
Tenor Jeffrey Picón, adjunct instructor of voice at Oklahoma City University, will be guest soloist with the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band in a free opera-themed concert 7:30 p.m. March 3 in Petree Recital Hall. The 95-member concert band is comprised of musicians from the metropolitan area under the baton of Mark Belcik, associate dean of OCU’s Bass School of Music. “We have everything from great arias to the lesser-known operas of Sousa,” said Belcik, conductor and music director of Oklahoma City Symphonic Band. “There’s something for everyone, including highlights of 'Phantom of the Opera,' by Andrew Lloyd Webber.” Tuesday’s “The Band Goes to the Opera” program features Picón performing three arias: “E Lucevan le stele” from Puccini’s “La Tosca,” “Una furtive lagrima” from Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’amore,” and “La donna e mobile” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto.” Between teaching duties at OCU’s Bass School of Music, Picón tours as tenor soloist in the “Bernstein on Broadway” program, which is narrated by Jamie Bernstein, eldest daughter of composer Leonard Bernstein. Picón most recently performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Long Island Philharmonic. Also on Tuesday’s band program at OCU are “El Capitan” by John Philip Sousa, “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” from “Lohengrin” by Richard Wagner, Bernstein’s overture to “Candide,” Gioacchino Rossini’s“Italian in Algiers,” and overture and themes from “Porgy and Bess” by George and Ira Gershwin. For more information about the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band, contact http://www.okcband.org .