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OCU Orchestra Plays Russian-Themed Program
Award-winning pianist Marcin Parys will be featured soloist on a Chopin concerto at the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra’s Nov. 24 concert. The 8 p.m. Russian-themed program in Petree Recital Hall, under the baton of Mark Parker, is free and open to the public. Parys, graduate student at OCU’s Bass School of Music, is reigning champion of the Oklahoma-Israeli Exchange Young Artists Competition. He will embark on a performing tour of Israel in 2010, and was featured at the 2009 OK Mozart Festival. Tuesday’s concert will be preceded by a free discussion by Dr. Erik Heine, a Shostakovich specialist and associate professor of music theory at the Bass School. Heine's talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the Bass Music Center. The concert begins with Rossini’s “William Tell” Overture, conducted by Benjamin Nilles, followed by Parys performing the third movement of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor and Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite. Following intermission, the ensemble will perform Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in D minor. The Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra has been honored by ASCAP’s national Adventurous Programming Award of Contemporary Music. In 2004, the ensemble represented the United States at the “Meet in Beijing” arts festival. The orchestra was the honor group at the 2009 OMEA State Convention. For more information on the OCU Symphony Orchestra, contact Parker’s office at 405.208.5474.