Gala To Showcase Musical Groups Friday Evening

Musical groups from Oklahoma Baptist University’s Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will be showcased in the annual Homecoming Musical Gala at 8:30 p.m. Friday Nov. 10, in OBU’s Raley Chapel.

Faculty and students will perform during this annual benefit concert which raises money for OBU’s endowed music scholarship fund.

“The faculty and students of the division of music always look forward to performing for returning alumni, parents, and former students,” said Dr. Paul Hammond, dean of the College of Fine Arts. “The music scholarships funded by the Gala continue to support outstanding music students who will represent OBU superbly in their careers.”

Groups participating in the Gala are the OBU Symphonic Band, the University Chorale, the Bisonettes, the Bison Glee Club and the Bison Jazz Orchestra. Dr. Mark McQuade, OBU assistant professor of music, will present a vocal selection, accompanied by Michael Dean, assistant professor of music, on piano.

Directed by Dr. Jim Hansford, Patterson professor of music and director of bands, the Symphonic Band will present “Fanfare for Annapolis” by James Barnes; “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” by Harry Gregson, arranged by Paul Murtha; and “The Dam Busters March” by Eric Coates, arranged by Douglas Wagner.

The Chorale, directed by Dr. David DeSeguirant, associate professor of music and director of choral activities, will perform “Salseo” by Oscar Galian, “Go Down, Moses!” by Paul Carey, and “Now, Shout!” by Gerald Kemner.

The Bisonettes, directed by Dr. Darla Eshelman, associate professor of music education, will perform “Sing and Make Melody” by Alice Parker, “God of Wonders” by J. Paul Williams and Joseph M. Martin, and “Le Train d’hiver (Winter Train)” by Marie-Claire Saindon.

The Bison Glee Club, directed by DeSeguirant, will perform “Cantate Domino” by Hans Leo Hassler, “Who are the Brave” by Joseph Martin, and “Sanctus” by James McCray.

The Bison Jazz Orchestra, directed by Kevin Pruiett, assistant professor of music, will present “Such Sweet Thunder” by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, and “I’m Beginning to See the Light” arranged by Mark Taylor.

Tickets are available at the south entrance to Raley Chapel. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students.