Thompson, Reagan take final bows

Dr. Kathy Thompson and Phil Reagan
Dr. Kathy Thompson and Phil Reagan

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music is closing the curtain on the school year.

The Chamber Orchestra begins a series of musical events on April 9, followed by an OC Chorale concert on April 11 and a concert by OC’s Symphonic Band and Jazz Band on April 13.

Department chair and professor of music Dr. Kathy Thompson will conduct the Chamber Orchestra in what is not only its final concert for the school year, but also Thompson’s final concert as director.

Since announcing her retirement, Thompson said directing her final concert has provoked a unique, emotional experience compared to past performances.

“Rehearsals and performances this year have definitely been more emotional for me,” Thompson said. “I have had such a wonderful career here and I have enjoyed working with OC students in various ways for the past 30 years.”

Along with several serenades from composers such as Mozart and Luigi Boccherini, the concert will feature 24 OC alumni performing with the current orchestra.

Thompson said she looks forward to showcasing both her current and previous students’ musical talents.

“I love the teamwork that directing a music ensemble demands,” Thompson said. “I love sharing what we have spent much time rehearsing to others. In this particular concert, I’m looking forward to directing an orchestra of students from the last 24 years coming together to do what they enjoy doing.”

The Chamber Orchestra concert is April 9 at 2:30 p.m. in Adams Recital Hall, followed by the Chorale concert on April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Garvey Center, and the Band concert on April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

Along with the musical performances, OC’s theater program will say farewell to longstanding director Phil Reagan with the production of The Servant of Two Masters, scheduled for April 13-15 at 8 p.m. in Judd Theatre.

Combining elements of traditional Italian comedy and postmodern vaudeville, “The Servant of Two Masters” features the main character, Truffaldino, navigating masters, mistresses, lawyers and “twenty-seven plates of meatballs.”

Even though he’s retiring, Reagan said directing this show has been no different than past performances, and he hopes it will give audience members comic relief during a difficult time of the school year.

“College can be stressful, especially at the end of the semester,” Reagan said. “This play will make you laugh and relax for a couple of hours.”

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.