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Bass School Dedicates Concert, World Premiere to McDaniels
The Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University will honor Tom and Brenda McDaniel for their tenure at the helm of the university at a 1 p.m. concert Tuesday, April 27, in Petree Recital Hall. The performances are free and open to the public. The world premiere of a work for marimba quartet -- “Memories of a Blessing: A Tribute to the McDaniels" by freshman Joseph Craven – will be featured, with Greg Anikienko, David Calhoun and Jamie Whitmarsh joining the composer on marimba. The work was commissioned for the unveiling of four new marimbas, made possible by a grant from the Wanda L. Bass Foundation, where President McDaniel is director. Also on the program: "The Hardest Part of Love" by Stephen Schwartz, from the musical “Children of Eden,” performed by tenor Robert Watson, with Jan McDaniel on piano. The OCU Horn Choir will perform “La Danza” by Gioachino Rossini, followed by the second movement of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 for Orchestra of Violoncelli,” performed by the OCU Cellovoce Ensemble. Jan McDaniel also will accompany award-winning baritone Jeffrey Gates’ performance of “Abschied,” by Hugo Wolf and Schwartz’s "For Good" by sopranos Mary-E Godfrey and Jessica Smith. On Saturday, Gates won the vocal division and was crowned Grand Prize winner at the 2010 Naftzger Young Artist Auditions. Marcin Parys, who won the piano division of the 2010 Naftzger Young Artists Auditions, will perform Vladimir Horowitz’s arrangement of Georges Bizet’s “Carmen Fantasy.” The Blackwelder Brass will follow with the first movement of John Cheetham’s “A Brass Menagerie for Brass Quintet. The program concludes with Whitmarsh’s arrangement of “Clocks,” by Coldplay, performed by the OCU Steel Drum Band.