Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) kicks off the 2015-2016 Performing Arts Series (PAS) with the harmonizing cadence of the Texas Tenors Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be held in the college’s Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) Theater.
This classical crossover trio was formed in 2009 with members JC Fisher, Marcus Collins and John Hagen. Since their debut five years ago on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,â€ The Texas Tenors have accumulated a long list of awards, accolades and fans.
Audiences are treated to a unique harmony of country, classical, Broadway and contemporary music. They have performed more than 800 concerts around the world, including the United Kingdom and China. They have also performed on NBC’s “The Today Show,â€ Hallmark’s “Home and Family,â€ at various NBA games, the PBR World Championships and a variety of charity events.
OCCC announces that it is among a select group of regional artists and presenters to receive a Mid-America Arts Alliance Regional Touring Program grant. This award will support The Texas Tenors’ performance on October 1, 2015 and a complementary outreach program at the Spanish Cove Retirement Village on September 29, 2015, at 9:00 A.M. This talk will be presented by Dr. Frank Ragsdale, professor of voice, from the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University . He will discuss the history and variations of the tenor voice and its repertoire. Funding for OCCC’s M-AAA grant is drawn from generous underwriting by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.
Dr. Ragsdale will also present a pre-concert talk before The Texas Tenors’ performance at the OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center at 6:00 P.M. on the Theater stage. The talk is free and open to the public.
The Texas Tenors’ performance will be only the first of many in the diverse lineup of world-class productions in the series. Monday, Oct. 26, jazz legend and “The Tonight Showâ€ favorite Doc Severinsen will perform with the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra, followed by the world-renowned Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Thursday, Nov. 12. A “Melinda Doolittle Christmasâ€ will brighten holiday spirits come early December. Patrons can purchase individual tickets, and full and partial season tickets are still available. See the complete list of performances by visiting /pas.
Tickets for The Texas Tenors are currently on sale for $36-$55. To purchase your individual or group tickets, please choose from the following options:
â€¢ Online at tickets.occc.edu
â€¢ By calling the Cultural Programs Box Office at (405) 682-7579
â€¢ In person at the Cultural Programs Box Office in the OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center
For more information about cultural events at Oklahoma City Community College, please visit /cp or call (405) 682-7579. For more information about Mid-America Arts Alliance, visit them online at www.maaa.org.
Oklahoma City Community College opened the doors to the 1,049-seat Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater in early 2014. It features a large atrium with three-story high windows, state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment and will allow the college to host larger Broadway-style touring productions. The Visual and Performing Arts Center also houses an art gallery and academic center featuring a rehearsal room, library, six classrooms, seven studios, seven labs and faculty offices.