The Oklahoma Community Orchestra celebrates the holidays Dec. 11 at Oklahoma Christian University. OCO’s concert will feature two traditional orchestral pieces in the first half, as well as holiday selections in the second half.
This second concert of OCO’s 29th season will include Mendelssohn’s Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream and Symphony #8 (Unfinished) by Schubert.
Oklahoma Christian music professor John Fletcher will conduct the concert, which will include guest artist Boulevard Brass. The new quintet is based out of Norman, Okla., and has quickly earned a reputation as an exceptional chamber ensemble. Dedicated to advancing the art of brass chamber music, Boulevard Brass hopes to expand quintet repertoire with new arrangements and original pieces by trumpet player and composer, Mervin Tay.
“We really like the energy that Boulevard Brass brings to their performances and thought they would be an excellent addition to our annual Christmas concert,” Fletcher said. “Of course, the first half of our program will feature classical orchestral pieces, too, so it will be a great evening of music.”
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium on the Oklahoma Christian campus. Tickets are $8 online at www.okorchestra.org or $10 at the door. For more information call 425-1990.
The OCO consists of musicians in the greater Oklahoma City area that seek to promote the performing arts and provide quality performances of symphonic literature at a nominal charge to the community. Approximately 75 musicians perform in the orchestra and most performances are at Oklahoma Christian. Support for performances have been provided, in part, by the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit www.okorchestra.org.
The OCO has been the “orchestra-in-residence” at Oklahoma Christian since 1995. Several Oklahoma Christian students, alumni and faculty perform in the orchestra. Oklahoma Christian provides the rehearsal space, concert halls, stage manager services and related concert expenses, and also allows the orchestra use of the school's percussion instruments, chairs, stands, risers and shells without charge.