Ouachita Baptist University’s School of Fine Arts will present the OBU Percussion Ensemble in concert featuring a special guest appearance by acclaimed percussionist Dr. Scott Herring on March 18. The recital, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in McBeth Recital Hall.
Herring serves as professor of percussion at the University of South Carolina as well as director of the USC Percussion Ensemble and Palmetto Pans Steel Band. Herring earned a Bachelor of Music degree from East Carolina University and a master’s degree and Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University. He has performed all around the world in places such as China England, France, Germany and Spain and is often featured as a guest artist with other university percussion ensembles across the U.S. Herring currently performs with the RoseWind Duo and the Shiraz Percussion Trio.
Ensemble director Dr. Ryan Lewis, OBU assistant professor of music, noted that each of the pieces in the concert “has a place in my heart and an important purpose for my students.”
The concert will begin with Baljinder Sekhon’s “We Are the Weapons,” which Lewis describes as a piece that “juxtaposes both militaristic music portraying the sound of guns and violence and peaceful music performed on keyboard percussion instruments.”
Three of Elliot Cole’s “Postludes for Bowed Vibraphone” will be performed throughout the concert, which is considered one of the new classics of percussion chamber music. The vibraphone creates “a haunting, beautiful sound similar to a glass harmonica,” Lewis noted.
The concert will continue with sophomore music education major Aaron Breeding performing George Hamilton Green’s “Log Cabin Blues” with a marimba quartet.
The Percussion Ensemble’s final selection will be Ney Rosauro’s “Brazilian Myths” for percussion quartet. The piece “portrays five Brazilian mythological personalities” and is a “colorful, entertaining, beautiful, scary wonderful piece to rehearse and perform,” Lewis said.
Lewis and Herring then will perform a new marimba duet titled “All Systems Go” by Jeffery Dennis Smith. Herring will then conclude the program with a solo, “Tiger Dance.”
Members of the Ouachita Percussion ensemble include: Aaron Breeding, a sophomore instrumental music education major from Springdale, Ark.; Robert Desoto, a freshman mass communications major from Sheridan, Ark.; Drew Ervin, a senior music major from Springdale, Ark.; Carter Harlan, a junior instrumental music education major from Arkadelphia, Ark.; Chris Hogan, a senior instrumental music education major from Bartlesville, Okla.; Van O’Rorke, a freshman instrumental music education major from Hot Springs, Ark.; Elva Rosas, a junior business administration and finance major from Arkadelphia, Ark.; Abby Tipps, a freshman instrumental music education major from Sulphur Springs, Texas; Zack Willis, a freshman performance major from Redfield, Ark.; and Weston Wills, a freshman instrumental music education major from Norphlet, Ark.
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Ouachita Baptist University senior Elizabeth Baker, a music performance major from Grapevine, Texas, will present her senior flute recital Thursday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. The recital, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall.
“I’ve been working really hard toward this since last semester,” Baker said, “and I can’t wait to share this music with everyone.”
Baker has been named to Ouachita’s Dean’s and President’s Lists and has been involved in the following groups at OBU: Wind Ensemble, Flute Esemble, Tau Beta Sigma national honorary band sorority, International Club, Concert Band and Marching Band.
Baker’s program will include J.S. Bach’s “Sonata in E Minor for Flute and Harpsichord” (“I. Adagio ma non tanto,” “II. Allegro,” “III. Andante” and “IV. Allegro”); “II. Adagio ma non troppo” and “III. Rondo” from W.A. Mozart’s “Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major”; Eugene Bozza’s “Image pour Flûte seule”; and “Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise” by Franz Doppler. She will by accompanied by OBU staff accompanist Susan Monroe on piano.
For more information, contact Ouachita’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.
Ouachita Baptist University’s Division of Music will host Emma Patterson and Evan Rogers in their senior recitals on Friday, March 21, at 11 a.m. in Mabee Fine Arts Center’s McBeth Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
“This recital gives me an opportunity to show what I have learned over the past four years, and to show my friends and family why I love music so much,” said Patterson, a choral music education major from Garland, Texas. She will present a vocal recital.
The selections Patterson will perform include: “Prepare Thyself Zion” from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, “Dove Sei” from George Frederic Handel’s Rodelinda, “Tout gai!” from Maurice Ravel’s Cinq melodies populaires greques, “Seit ich ihn geschen” and “Er, der herrlichste von allen” from Robert Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben, “He’s Gone Away” by Jake Heggie, Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing” from Sophisticated Ladies and Sammy Fain’s “I’ll Be Seeing You” from Right This Way.
“I have been building a repertoire of songs since freshman year,” Patterson added. “My voice teacher and I selected songs I enjoyed singing the most and the songs that sounded best in my voice. I made sure to have a good mix of songs from different time periods and genres.”
Rogers, a senior church music major from Jacksonville, Ark., will present a euphonium recital. Rogers is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi national honorary band fraternity and the Ouachita Wind Ensemble.
“We selected songs that were classics of the instrumental world and some pieces in the vocal world,” said Rogers. “The euphonium is a ‘singing’ instrument, so vocal literature works well on it, too.”
Rogers’ performance will include “I. Rondo” from Antonio Capuzzi’s Concerto for Double Bass; “Ave Verum Corpus” by W.A. Mozart; “I. Adagio,” “V. Andante Tranquillo” and “VI. Allegro Vivace” from R. Vaughan Williams’ Six Studies in English Folk Song; “II. Andante Molto Sostenuto” and “I. Allegro” from Kazimierz Serocki’s Sonatina for Trombone and Piano; and “Bless This House” by May H. Brahe.
“This recital is the culmination of my four years of study and a good chance to introduce a wide audience to the beauty the euphonium can produce,” Rogers added. “I’m an ambassador for my instrument in particular and for music in general.”
For more information, contact OBU’s School of Fine Arts at (870) 245-5129.