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OCU Trumpeter Featured in Symphony Orchestra's Finale
The Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra will close its season April 15 with a trumpet concerto featuring award-winning trumpeter Ryan Beach and music from Bartok, Wagner, and Borodin. Thursday’s concert begins at 8 p.m. in Petree Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Beach, a senior performance major, will solo in Fasch’s Trumpet Concerto in D Major, under the baton of Mark Parker. Benjamin Nilles will conduct Wagner’s Rienzi Overture, and graduate conductor Johnny Mitchell will make his orchestral debut with “In the Steppes of Central Asia.” The program concludes with Mark Parker conducting Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Beach is a winner of the 2010 Young Artist Competition, sponsored by the Oklahoma Community Orchestra. In 2009, he was runner-up in the National Trumpet Competition, hosted by George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. "Winning second place in this competition puts Ryan among the finest ?young trumpet artists in the world today," said Dr. Karl Sievers, general manager of the competition, of Beach’s performance. Beach was one of six finalists chosen from 43 semifinal competitors, culled from more than 100 trumpeters who submitted recorded auditions. The OCU Symphony Orchestra has presented numerous world premieres and been recognized by ASCAP and the American Symphony Orchestra League with a national Adventurous Programming Award. In 2004, the orchestra embarked on a six-city tour of China, representing the United States at the "Meet in Beijing" arts festival.