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8 World Premieres Mark Season Opener for OCU's Project 21
Eight world premieres by Oklahoma City University composers kick off the 2009-10 season for Project 21, OCU’s new music consortium. Performances begin 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in the Medium Rehearsal Hall of the Bass Music Center. Tenor Jeremiah Downes and pianist Dalessa Flick will premiere “Savory Seasoning.” Junior Benjamin Adgate’s work was inspired by Dahl’s “Lamb to the Slaughter.” A second Adgate piece, “Mr. Sibley,” sets a poem from “Spoon River Anthology.” The premiere will feature Flick with Kristen Mikkleson, mezzo-soprano. Cellist Diana Ruffin will premiere “Ruffin’s Rag,” written for her by sophomore composer Kaelyn Neal, who will accompany on piano. Marcin Parys will perform the first movement of senior composition major Tim Holt’s “Four Piano Pieces.” Freshman Davis Good will make his OCU composition debut with “Heart of the Furies.” The work features sopranos Chelsea Owen and Audrey Wagner, violinists Michele Esch and Natalia Cañón Valencia, and the composer on the piano. Also making her debut as an OCU composer is Arielle O’Keefe, who will sing her original work “Free Falling,” with Esch and cellist Summer Suffridge, while accompanying herself on the piano. Sophomore composer Luis Felipe Nieto will perform on guitar for the premiere of his “Desaparecidos.” The work also will feature violinists Angelica Pereira Espitia and Natalia Cañón Valencia; Colin Euphrates Waddell, viola; and Alejandro Acosta, cello. The program concludes with the premiere of Joseph Belle’s “The Agony at Gethsemane.” The junior composition major’s piece will be performed by a chorus including solo tenor Jeff Gates; sopranos Jeana Foreman and Megan Sherrod; Andrea-Howland Myers and Amanda Stoerzbach, alto; Raul Dominguez and Stephen Ziegler, tenor ; and Trevor Palin and Max Randa, bass. Also featured: Chelsea Thompson, harp; Alejandro Acosta, cello; and a seven-member percussion ensemble comprised of Jordanne Benton, David Calhoun, Joseph Craven, Tim Holt, Dalton King, Jake Tatarian and Maria Ward. For more information on the the music composition program at Oklahoma City University, visit or contact Dr. Edward Knight at; (405) 208-5274.