Annual Concerto-Aria Set for Feb. 14

February 5, 2016

OBU will host its 42nd annual Concerto-Aria Concert Sunday, Feb. 14. The free performance, which features the musical talents of seven OBU students and a full orchestra, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The public is invited to attend. Additionally, a lecture regarding the evening’s performances will precede the concert at 6:15 p.m. in Raley Chapel, room 203.

OBU’s Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts selects student soloists for Concerto-Aria via audition. This year’s concert also features a performance by OBU’s Dr. Mary Chung, assistant professor of piano. She will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, mvt.1.” Dr. D. Brent Ballweg, Burton H. Patterson professor of music and director of choral activities, will conduct the concert.

Evan King, a junior from Newcastle, Oklahoma, will perform “Now Heaven in Fullest Glory” from The Creation by F.J. Haydn. Audrey Johnson, a junior from Cushing, Oklahoma, will perform a piece by Ney Rosauro titled “Concerto for Vibraphone and String Orchestra, mvt. 1.”

Two pieces authored by W.A. Mozart will be included in the program. Cassidy Olsen, a sophomore from Oklahoma City, will perform “Batti, batti, o bel Masetto” from Don Giovanni. Mason McCormick, a senior from Midwest City, Oklahoma, will perform “Il mio Tesoro inanto,” also from Don Giovanni.

Dakota Unruh, a senior from Elk City, Oklahoma, will perform Gustav Mahler’s piece “Ich hab’ein glühend Messer No. 3” from Lieder Eines Fahrenden Gesellen. Victoria Thrutchley, a senior from Little Elm, Texas, will perform a piece by Henri Wieniawski titled “Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22, mvt. 1.”

Michael Wilson, a senior from Yukon, Oklahoma, will showcase an original composition titled “Aliens! Love! Paris!”

A reception will be held in the Geiger Center following the concert.