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Statewide saxophone ensemble to debut at OCU

OKLAHOMA CITY – Around 40 saxophone players from across the state will gather to perform their debut concert as the Oklahoma Saxophone Ensemble. The “Saxophonic Worlds” concert is free to the public and will be performed at 7 p.m. April 10 at Oklahoma City University. It will be held in the Bass Music Center’s large rehearsal hall, room A110.

The ensemble, arranged under the baton of OCU instrumental music professor Joshua Heaney, has been drawn from as far away as Owasso, with a wide range of age groups — high school students, college students and seasoned professionals. 

“This is the only saxophone ensemble we’re aware of in the state,” Heaney said. “The enthusiasm has been terrific. This will be a truly unique concert experience. The audience will be swept away by the lush harmonies and vibrant melodies, from soul-stirring ballads to energetic rock anthems.”

Performers represent the full spectrum of saxophone styles — soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and even the rarely utilized bass. The Oklahoma Saxophone Ensemble was formed in the fall and has been gathering for rehearsals nearly every week since then with assistance from one of Heaney’s graduate students, Sam Pollock.

Featuring a diverse repertoire spanning classical, contemporary and world music genres, the ensemble promises a musical journey that transcends boundaries and captivates audiences of all tastes. The program will include a Beethoven overture, an Irish folk tune, a rock ‘n’ roll classic and more.

For more information about the concert, visit okcu.edu.


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