The 100-voice Concert Choir of Ouachita Baptist University will present its spring concert on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Art Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
Dr. Charles Wright, former dean of Ouachita’s School of Fine Arts and professor emeritus of music, is conducting the Concert Choir by invitation of Dr. Gary Gerber, chair of OBU’s Division of Music, while Dr. Gerber is on sabbatical. Dr. Wright, who spent 40 years on the Ouachita music faculty, has returned to campus after a decade of retirement and also serves in Ouachita’s Office of Development.
“Never would I have anticipated having the privilege of returning to Ouachita to conduct the Concert Choir,” said Wright. “It has been an exhilarating experience that I will never forget.”
Concert Choir is open to all students on campus, offering students from all majors and interests the opportunity to be involved in the university’s music program.
Abby Root, a freshman speech communication and theatre education double major from Arkadelphia, Ark., said she enjoys the diversity of students in Concert Choir. “It’s a huge collaboration of people, where everyone has to pull their own weight,” said Root. “I think it just really teaches you how to appreciate music and the art that music is. You learn to appreciate musicians and the work that they do.”
The evening’s performance will open with a series of pieces called “Te Deum,” composed by Anton Bruckner. This work is a setting of the early Christian hymn text and includes five movements that serve as a personal reflection of Bruckner’s profound yet simple faith.
Following this series will be “Rejoice in the Lamb” by Benjamin Britten, “Psalm 150” by Thomas Briccettii, “Song of Hope” by John Ness Beck and “O Magnum Mysterium” by James McCray. The concert will conclude with “Canticle of Praise,” also by Beck and “My Eternal King” by Jane H. Marshall.
David Glaze, minister of music and worship arts at Trinity United Methodist Church in Little Rock and a Ouachita graduate, will accompany the performance as guest organist.
Also assisting the choir for a portion of the concert will be Glenda Aldridge, staff accompanist at Ouachita. Drew Ervin, a senior music and computer science major from Springdale, Ark., will also assist in the performance on timpani.
Soloists for the performance are David Stanley, instructor of music at Ouachita, and the following students:
Kassie Coleman, a senior music composition major from Hot Springs, Ark.; Meredith Martin, a senior choral music education major from Garland, Texas; Caitlin Secrest, a senior vocal performance major from Arkadelphia, Ark.; and Jillian Turner, a junior vocal performance and music double major from Fort Worth, Texas.
For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
Ouachita Baptist University will host David Hickernell’s senior art exhibit, “OVER IT,” in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s Hammons Gallery from April 28 to May 10. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
The exhibit serves as a culmination of Hickernell’s art studies during his time at Ouachita. A reception will be held April 29 at 5 p.m. in Hammons Gallery to give Hickernell the opportunity to interact with the public about his art and the creative process behind it.
“It’s kind of a play on words,” explained Hickernell, a studio art and mass communications double major from Crystal Lake, Ill., on how he chose the name for his exhibit. “It has a little bit to do with the way my paintings come together. There are a lot of layers of paint covering each other, so one layer with another over it.”
Unique from other senior exhibits, Hickernell chose to display a singular body of work composed of large oil paintings. While every painting is similar, carefully examination reveals subtle distinctions among the various pieces.
“David’s work is, above all, about looking. The process and the history of David and his art are important, but with this work what is emphasized is the relationship between viewer and artwork,” said Donnie Copeland, assistant professor of visual arts and chair of OBU’s Department of Visual Arts. “I think he asks that viewers take the time to investigate the paintings and find the little instances of subject matter – color and texture.”
“You won’t just be able to walk into the gallery and understand everything or take it in all at once,” Hickernell said of the complex nature of this body of work. “It’ll take some time spent in the gallery looking at all the work.”
Regular gallery hours for the exhibit are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact the School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will present Lauren Linton and Jacob Sturgeon in their senior musical theatre recitals April 30 at 8 p.m. in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
“This is our final bow at Ouachita,” Linton said. “I’m so grateful for the time I’ve had here, the people I’ve come to call my family, and the lessons I’ve learned, both in my studies and in life. We wanted to go out with a bang, have a great time doing what we love and showcase what we’ve learned from our wonderful professors, and I think that shows in our program.”
Linton is the daughter of Doug and Penny Figures of Coldwater, Miss. She has been named to Ouachita’s Dean’s List and has served as co-social chair for Ouachita’s chapter of Theta Alpha Phi national honor fraternity for theatre arts. She has made it to the finals of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Regional Irene Ryan Acting Auditions as an acting partner and is a sweetheart for Sigma Alpha Sigma men’s social club.
“One of the things I’m most proud of in this recital is the wide variety of music and scene work that I will be performing,” Sturgeon said. “I think that works as a perfect capstone for my final performance as a musical theatre major here at OBU.”
Sturgeon, a native of Pine Bluff, Ark., also has been named to Ouachita’s Dean’s List and is a member of Theta Alpha Phi. He has been a nominee for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Regional Irene Ryan Acting Auditions.
Linton’s portion of the performance includes: Stephen Sondheim’s “The Miller’s Son” from A Little Night Music, Harvey Schmidt’s “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” from The Fantasticks, the first scene from The Learned Women by Molière, Jerry Bock’s “The Very Next Man” from Fiorello, a scene from Phoenix by Scott Organ, Marc Shaiman’s “Secondhand White Baby Grand” from Bombshell: The Musical and Adam Schlesinger’s “Screw Loose” from Cry Baby: The Musical.
Sturgeon’s portion of the performance includes: Anthony Newley’s “A Wonderful Day Like Today” from The Road of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd, act two from Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, Frederick Loewe’s “Why Can’t the English?” from My Fair Lady, David Yazbek’s “Love Sneaks In” from Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cole Porter’s “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” from Kiss Me, Kate, act one from After the Fall by Arthur Miller and Frank Wildhorn’s “Falcon in the Dive” from The Scarlet Pimpernel.
Linton and Sturgeon are students of Mary Handiboe, associate professor of theatre arts, and David Stanley, instructor of music. They will be accompanied on the piano by Susan Monroe and Kristen LaMadrid, staff pianists.
Linton and Sturgeon will be assisted by several student performers. Kayla Esmond, a senior musical theatre major from Burleson, Texas, will assist Sturgeon for the scenes from Pygmalion and After the Fall. Joe Ochterbeck, a senior theatre arts and mass communications double major from Maumelle, Ark., will assist Linton for the scene from Phoenix. Caitlin Secrest, a senior vocal performance major from Arkadelphia, Ark., will assist Linton for the scene from The Learned Women. Garrett Whitehead, a senior musical theatre major from Cleburne, Texas, will assist Linton for “Soon It’s Gonna Rain” and Sturgeon for “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.”
For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.