First Choral Concert in Theater Set for March 4

    (Published: 02-17-14)

OCCC Performing Arts Center Theater

Excited to perform in a large concert hall on their campus, the Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) Choral Program will host its first performance in the new Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater on Tuesday, March 4 beginning at 7 p.m.

Three choirs will perform the evening of March 4, including 34 members of the Concert Choir, 26 Chamber Singers and 75 members of the Symphonic Community Choir. Each choir is made up of OCCC students and community members.

The varied program will consist of standard choral a cappella repertoire, such as Clausen's "Set Me As a Seal" and Christensen's "Light Everlasting." Spiritual pieces such as "River in Judea" and "Praise His Holy Name" will be performed as will jazz pieces including Meader's "The Swingle Song" and "That Ever I Saw." Powerful choral arrangements by the conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Mack Wilberg, accompanied by two Steinway concert grand pianos, will also be in store for audience guests.

"Another feature of the concert will be a piano quartet composed of myself, Lisa Barsaleau, Tony Carrillo and Lori Cobart playing an arrangement of "Stars and Stripes Forever" on the Steinway grand pianos," said Ron Staton, OCCC Professor of Music. Staton said that he and Barsaleau will also play "Ode to Joy" and "Malguena" as a duet.

In the recent past, the choirs have performed their concerts off campus due to lack of theater space large enough to hold audience members. "Now that the new theater is ready, we're thrilled to perform at our home, on our campus," said Staton.

The concert is free to the public. For more information, please contact Ron Staton at (405) 682-7249 or rstaton@occc.edu.