The Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University will debut live HD video streaming of ensemble performances from Petree Recital Hall. The inaugural broadcast will be the Nov. 19 concert of the OCU Wind Philharmonic, followed by the Nov. 23 broadcast of the OCU Symphony Orchestra performance of Mahler’s 9th Symphony.
Broadcasts of the shows will begin at 8 p.m. from the Bass School’s online streaming site: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/okcumusic.portal#
The school will expand its broadcast schedule to include additional ensembles in 2014. Funding for the technology, which includes three HD cameras and enhanced audio, was underwritten by Oklahoma City philanthropists Phil and Cathy Busey.
“This will be of great benefit to the family and friends of our current students, to our alumni, and to those interested in learning more about the quality of our performances as they look toward auditioning for admittance to the Bass School,” said Mark Parker, Ann Hundley Hoover Chair and dean of the Bass School of Music. “We so appreciate this gift from Phil and Cathy Busey. Because of their vision and generosity, we now have a portal to the world where performances of our major ensembles in the Petree Recital Hall can be seen and heard live on any computer.”
The Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University is an all-Steinway School, the nation's first Conn-Selmer School and an Apple Digital Campus, with an award-winning faculty and more than 350 music majors. The Bass Music Center, its $38.5 million, 113,000-square-foot expansion, was unveiled in 2006.
Alumni have been honored with awards including Emmys, Grammys and Tonys, and include Broadway stars Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O’Hara and Ron Raines; operatic sopranos Sarah Coburn, Marquita Lister and Leona Mitchell; composer/directors Mason Williams (“Classical Gas”) and Linda Twine (“The Color Purple”); conductors Timothy Long (music director, Stony Brook Opera) and Jerry Steichen (principal pops conductor, Utah Symphony); arts leaders Mark Blakeman (general manager, Nashville Symphony) and Midge Woolsey (host of WQXR, classical radio station of The New York Times). Recent graduates include orchestral musicians Ryan Beach (principal trumpet, Indianapolis Symphony) and Karol Kowal (double bass, Warsaw Philharmonic) and Oklahoma Teachers of the Year Robyn Hilger and Peter Markes.