Ouachita Baptist University will host the Tiger Steel Drum Ensemble’s first fall concert on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in Mabee Fine Art Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.
Tiger Steel, directed by Dr. Ryan Lewis, specializes in the performance of calypso and soca (soul/calypso) music from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago – the birthplace of steel drums – but also performs a wide variety of styles from jazz, pop and rock to classical, funk and Latin.
“Founded in 2013, Tiger Steel is made up of undergraduate students from departments across campus and countries around the world,” Lewis said. “Tiger Steel is open to all students on campus, which gives the ensemble a uniqueness and variety in musicians.”
According to Lewis, “Tiger Steel is a unique ensemble for its commitment to community involvement. Each steel band member mentors a middle school student in the Clark County Boys and Girls Club Steel Band at Goza Middle School who perform beside their student mentors in mass steel band concerts each year.”
In addition to performing steel drum concerts on campus, in public schools and private events, members study the social, historical and cultural context of the instrument, as well as musical aspects such as theory, acoustics, tuning, arranging and composing, Lewis noted.
The Dec. 4 program will include the calypso songs “Jump in the Line” and “Jamaican Farewell” made popular by singer Harry Belafonte, “Suzie” by Ray Holman and “Soca Tatie” by Byron Lee. They also will present the Latin-pop songs “Oye Como Va” by Tito Puente, “I Know You Want Me” by Pitbull and the anonymous steel band standard “El Montuno.” To add some variety, they also will perform “St. Thomas” by jazz legend Sonny Rollins and the classical piano piece “Gymnopedie No. 1″ by composer Erik Satie.
The members include: Elizabeth Baker, a senior music performance major from Grapevine, Texas; Aaron Breeding, a freshman instrumental music education major from Springdale, Ark.; Leslie Colbert, a sophomore music major from Beebe, Ark.; Carter Harlan, a sophomore instrumental music education major from Fayetteville, Ark.; Chris Hogan, a junior instrumental music education major from Bartlesville, Okla.; Kristen Liles, a freshman pre-physical therapy major from Whitehouse, Texas; Andre Morman, a freshman education major from Richardson, Texas; Van O’Rorke, a freshman instrumental music education major from Hot Springs, Ark.; John David Whitmore, a junior music major from Rogers, Ark.; Nat Williams, a sophomore music theory and composition major from Little Rock, Ark.; and Cat Williams, a sophomore biology major from Roland, Ark.
Tiger Steel performed their first concert last spring and now presents a campus concert each fall and spring semester, as well as a joint concert with Club Steel from the Boys and Girls Club of Clark County each spring. The joint concert is called Panorama and features both steel bands performing independently and together.
Lewis, assistant professor of percussion, teaches applied percussion, percussion techniques and music history. He directs the Percussion Ensemble, Tiger Drum Line and Tiger Steel Drum Band. Lewis has served on the music faculties of Claflin University, the University of South Carolina and Florida State University.
For more information on Tiger Steel contact Dr. Ryan Lewis at email@example.com or (870) 245-5421.
This exhibit is planned as a group exhibit comprised of different artists (Casey McGarr, Aaron Calvert, David Warren and others) focusing on printmaking and will primarily feature relief printmakers working with a variety of themes and subjects.
A letterpress workshop will be offered in conjunction with the exhibit by artist Casey McGarr. Date and time for the workshop are February 7 at 9am-12pm in Moses Provine 205.
The exhibit will run January 13 – February 7 and will be on display in the
Verser Theatre Gallery (provided approval given by the Department of Theatre Arts).
Reception and gallery talk: TBA
The 8th Annual OBU Wind and Percussion Concerto Competition will be held THIS FRIDAY, January 24th, 3:00-4:40 in Mabee Fine Arts, McBeth Recital Hall. This is a rescheduled date, due to the snow day conflict on December 6th.
The students performing are Elizabeth Baker, a senior music performance major from Grapevine, Texas; Drew Ervin, a junior music and computer science major from Springdale, Ark.; Carter Harlan, a sophomore music education major from Fayetteville, Ark.; Allison King, a junior music major from Fort Worth, Texas; Lindsay Palmer, a sophomore music education major from Idabel, Okla.; and Bret Steed, a senior music performance major from Idabel, Okla.
The competition will be presented in a concert format. It is free and open to the public.
Music majors may receive PAC credit for this event.
Ouachita Baptist University will host The Three Pianists featuring Dr. Lei Cai, Dr. Hee-Kyung Juhn and Dr. Naoki Hakutani on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
“It should be a fun recital,” said Dr. Lei Cai, associate professor of music at Ouachita. “We will use one or two pianos with different combinations for different pieces: six hands on one piano; four hands on two pianos; eight hands on two pianos.”
The program will include pieces by famous composers such as Beethoven, Falla, Liszt and Wagner as well as pieces by contemporary composer Peter Schinkele.
Cai, originally from China, has collaborated with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra on CDs and has recorded for Radio Shanghai. He earned his Master of Music degree from the University of Tennessee and his Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University. He has served at Ouachita since 2001.
Dr. Hee-Kyung Juhn serves on the piano faculty at Henderson State University. Originally from South Korea, Juhn earned her Master of Music degree from The Julliard School and her Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University. She has appeared in music festivals such as Aspen, Bowdoin, Tanglewood and Yale Piano Summer Institute.
Dr. Naoki Hakutani, originally from Japan, currently serves as a piano professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Hakutani earned a Master of Music degree from Indiana University and received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Hakutani’s wife, who currently serves as a piano professor in Korea, also will be featured in this year’s recital.
For more information, contact Dr. Lei Cai at firstname.lastname@example.org or (870) 245-5274.