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OBU Students to Perform in Annual Concerto-Aria Feb. 16

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star
Nine OBU students will perform during the 46th annual Concerto-Aria Concert Sunday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The event enables outstanding musical performers to appear with a live orchestra.

Pictured: Seated, left to right: Makalah Jessup and Rachel Darvin. Standing, left to right: Laura Stewart, Marlee Sedgwick, Katherine Logan, Alex Benito, Kalyne Henrichsen, Cristian Celis and Anne Aguayo.

Nine OBU students will perform during the 46th annual Concerto-Aria Concert Sunday, Feb. 16. The concert will take place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The first Concerto-Aria concert was organized in 1974 as a way for outstanding musical performers to be able to appear with a live orchestra and perform repertoire from the great catalogues of piano concertos and opera arias. Some years later, instrumental concertos and other works were included in the performances, including original compositions by student composers.

Students performing in the concert include junior music education major Katherine Logan from Amarillo, Texas. She will perform “Quando men vo” from the opera “La Boheme” by Giacomo Puccini. Junior instrumental music major Alex Benito from Durant, Oklahoma, will play soprano saxophone on the Villa-Lobos “Fantasia for Saxophone, Strings and Horns.” Senior music education major Anne Aguayo from Merida, Mexico, will perform “Una voce popo fa” from the Rossini opera “The Barber of Seville.” Laura Stewart, a junior musical arts major from Enid, Oklahoma, will perform the Bruch “Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26.” Junior vocal music education major Makalah Jessup, from Mesquite, Texas, will perform the “Habanera” from Georges Bizet’s opera “Carmen.”

Freshman music education major Christian Celis, from Justin, Texas, will perform Rossini’s “Variations for Clarinet.” Senior musical arts major Kalyne Henrichsen from Hasting, Minnesota, will perform “Adieu, notre petite table” from the opera “Manon” by Massenet. Senior vocal performance major Marlee Sedgwick from Colorado Springs will perform “Laurie’s Song” from the Aaron Copland opera “Tenderland,” while junior piano performance major Rachel Darvin from Stroud, Oklahoma, will perform the first movement of “Piano Concerto No. 3” by Camille Saint-Saens.

The event takes place the evening before the annual Fine Arts Main Event (FAME), when students are invited to campus to experience all areas of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, while participating in auditions and portfolio reviews. Visit www.okbu.edu/fine-arts/fine-arts-main-event to view the schedule and register.

For more information about OBU, visit www.okbu.edu.

With its campus located in Shawnee, OBU offers 10 bachelor’s degrees with 88 fields of study and five master’s degree programs. The Christian liberal arts university has an overall enrollment of 1,868, with students from 37 states and 40 other countries. OBU has been rated as one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News and World Report for 28 consecutive years and Oklahoma’s highest rated regional college in the U.S. News rankings for 25 consecutive years. OBU is one of three universities in Oklahoma and the only private Oklahoma university listed on Great Value College’s rankings of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest. The Wall Street Journal ranks OBU second in the nation for student engagement among all U.S. colleges and universities. Forbes.com consistently ranks OBU as a top university in Oklahoma and the Princeton Review has named OBU one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States for 15 consecutive years.