OBU/Shawnee Community Orchestra Performs April 18

The OBU/Shawnee Community Orchestra will perform its fifth annual concert on Tuesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m., in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium at Oklahoma Baptist University. Conducted by Dr. Jim Hansford, OBU professor of music, the 48-member group includes musicians from across central and eastern Oklahoma.

The program will include The Second Movement of Symphony No. 7 in A by Beethoven; Radetzky March, Op. 228 by Strauss; the Intermezzo and Barcarolle by Offenbach; Fantasia on a 17th Century Tune by Stephan; The Banks of Green Willow by Butterworth; Woodland Sketches, Op. 51 by MacDowell; and Nabucco Overture by Verdi.

The MacArthur String Quartet will perform the second movement from String Quartet in E-flat, Op. 74 by Beethoven.

“The OBU/Shawnee Community Orchestra has been a wonderful improvement to the fine arts community in Shawnee,” said Thresa Swadley, a cellist and charter member of the orchestra. “The orchestra gives both the participants and the audience the opportunity to enjoy orchestral music without the inconvenience of driving to a larger city.”

The OBU/SCO is made possible through generous gifts of friends and patrons. Corporate sponsors for the group include Shawnee Milling Company, BancFirst, First National Bank and Trust of Shawnee, Clinic Pharmacy and the Shawnee News-Star.

“The investments of both local businesses and individuals in support of the orchestra prove that the greater Shawnee community is committed to supporting the arts in our city,” Swadley said.