Carter to Perform Recital at OBU

Dr. David Carter will perform his first recital as an adjunct professor at Oklahoma Baptist University, Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to attend.

Carter said the chance to perform a recital on campus as a part of the staff is an exciting new venture. Carter serves as instructor of clarinet, saxophone, Arts and Western Culture, and Woodwind Techniques at OBU, as well as an instructor of clarinet at the University of Oklahoma.

"It is a great opportunity to play at OBU," he said. "The last time I played on a recital here, the audience response was very good. It is also good, if a bit intimidating, to play in front of my students and colleagues."

Carter, who will be playing clarinet, will be joined on stage by OBU Assistant Professor of Music Michael Dean. Dean, a teacher of piano, applied piano and classic piano, will play as a part of the group named "Ensemble Avanzando."

"Anytime I have the opportunity to play with Michael Dean is a joy, and bringing the new chamber group that we perform with to OBU should be interesting for us and the audience alike," Carter said.

Other members of Ensemble Avanzando include Christine Souza, a freelance percussionist in the Oklahoma City metro area, and Ricardo Coelho de Souza, a visiting music instructor at OU and director of the OU Steel Band. Both will play percussion.

"Ricardo and I began playing together two years ago, but we did not officially establish the group until this fall," Carter said. "We performed our debut recital (under the name Ensemble Avanzando) this fall at the Fred Jones Jr., Museum of Art, and performed an additional recital featuring the music of NYC composer Bernadette Speach two weeks ago in Pitman Recital Hall on the University of Oklahoma campus. We are currently planning a spring tour and looking for opportunities to record some of the works we have been presenting."

The recital will feature new pieces rarely performed before this event.

"To my knowledge, I'm only the second person to perform ‘Boundary Waters,' which was premiered by Bruce Thornton earlier this fall," Carter said. "I teach with Jim Thornton at the International Music Camp, and it is great to perform works by musicians whose playing you know. Similarly, Justin Writer wrote his Sonata for me last year, and it is very rewarding to explore a composer's experiment in your own playing while interpreting their work."