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"Performance Oklahoma" Spotlights OCU Musicians
Oklahoma City University ensembles, soloists and conductors will be featured in back-to-back editions of “Performance Oklahoma,” broadcast statewide on radio stations KCSC 90.1 and KBCW 91.9, and worldwide via web streaming on . The Bass School’s 2009 Christmas Vespers concert, held Dec. 11-12 in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel, will be aired 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20. The following Sunday, Dec. 27, will feature OCU’s Blackwelder Brass and OCU alumnus Kyle Dillingham performing with the Canterbury Choral Society on “A Canterbury Christmas,” staged Dec. 6 at the historic Civic Center Music Hall. The Vespers concert encompasses 250 students in four university choruses, accompanied by the OCU Symphony Orchestra. Narrators for 2009 were Rev. Maggie Ball and Lance Marsh. The ensembles performed under the direction of Ben Nilles, Randi Von Ellefson and Judith Willoughby. Ellefson, director of choral activities at the Bass School of Music, directs Canterbury Choral Society in the Dec. 27 broadcast, which begins at 5 p.m. Also featured: Willoughby and the Canterbury Youth Chorus Chorale; Elizabeth Harrison, university organist; and Canterbury’s Young Men's Chorus, under the leadership of Bass School graduate conductor J. Warren Mitchell. For more information on “Performance Oklahoma” with host Kimberly Powell, visit .