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Ellingboe, Bass Debut OCU Distinguished Artist Series
The Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University opens its eight-concert Distinguished Artist Series Sept. 30 with a recital by Bradley Ellingboe, a composer known for his bass-baritone, accompanied by OCU alumna Louise Bass. The pair will perform Mozart, Ibert, Brahms, Grieg, Copland, begining at 8 p.m. in Petree Recital Hall. All tickets are $10, available in advance from 405.208.5227. Tomasz Zieba, associate principal cellist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and a member of the Bass School faculty, also will perform. Ellingboe is celebrating his silver anniversary on the faculty of the University of New Mexico. He is a graduate of Saint Olaf College and the Eastman School of Music and has studied at the Aspen Music Festival, the Bach Aria Festival, the University of Oslo and the Vatican. Ellingboe has composed more than 110 pieces of choral music, including Requiem for choir and orchestra. Since its 2002 premiere at Carnegie Hall, the work has had more than 200 performances. Bass specializes in 20th century French music, studying extensively in Paris with organist Susan Landale. Formerly associate organist and choirmaster of Albuquerque’s Cathedral of St. John, Bass has been a soloist for the American Guild of Organists and featured on the organ recital series at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. She is a graduate of Oklahoma City University, where she studied with Dr. Wilma Jensen. Bass is adjunct instructor of music at the University of New Mexico. She is currently artist in residence at Piedmont College in Demorest, Ga. The Distinguished Artist Series continues Oct. 31 with pianist Sergio Monteiro presenting the Mae Ruth Swanson Memorial Concert. The program will celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Chopin and Schumann bicentennial. On Nov, 14, OCU voice faculty William Christensen, tenor; Frank Ragsdale, baritone; and Catherine McDaniel, mezzo-soprano will present “Songs of Love, Ecstasy and Death,” accompanied by Jan McDaniel and Chuck Koslowske, piano and Donna Cain, viola. 2011 concert dates are Jan. 23, David Steffens, percussion, with Bradford Behn, clarinet, performing Larsen, Busoni, Ptaszynska, Deane, Baermann, Cage, and Knight; Jan. 30, the enhake chamber trio performing Mozart, Schumann, Bruch, Marshall, Piazzolla, Bartok; Feb. 6, Gershwin specialist Jack Gibbons; March 27, university organist Melissa Plamann performing Bach, Mendelssohn, Eben, Vaughan Williams, Reger; and April 12 pianist Vladimir Feltsman, presented in partnership with Heritage Hall, performing Bach, Schubert, Schumann-Liszt, and Chopin. With the exception of the opening and closing concerts, performances are at 3 p.m. Sundays. With the exception of Plamann’s organ recital in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel, performances will be held in Petree Recital Hall. For additional information, call the OCU ticket office at 405.208.5227. For updates on events and performances at the Bass School of Music, visit