Symphony Band and Wind Symphony – Sutton Concert Series

The University of Oklahoma Symphony Band and Wind Symphony perform live from Catlett Music Center tonight, Monday, November 24th, at 8:00 pm (Central).


Symphony Band
Michael Hancock, Conductor

Radiant Joy (2006)
Ste­ven Bryant (b. 1972)

October (2000)*
E­ric Whitacre (b. 1970)
Teresa C. Purcell, Guest Conductor **

Commando March (1943)*
Samuel Barber (1910-1981)

Four Scottish Dances (1957/1978)
Malcolm Arnold (1921-2006)
Arranged by John P. Paynter

I. Pesante
II. Vivace
III. Allegretto
IV. Con brio

Sean P. Kelley, Guest Conductor **


Wind Symphony
William K. Wakefield, Conductor

Variants on a Mediaeval Tune (1963)*
Norman Dello Joio (1913-2008)
Jon R. Conrad, Guest Conductor **

Symphony in B-flat (1951)
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
I. Moderately fast, with vigor
II. Andantino grazioso
III. Fugue

Colonial Song (1919)
Percy Grainger (1882-1961) Edited by R. Mark Rogers

“The Gum-Suckers” March (1914)
Percy Grainger (1882-1961) Edited by R. Mark Rogers

* Presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting
**Doctor of Musical Arts conducting student of Dr. William K. Wakefield, Dr. Michael Hancock, Mr. Brian A. Britt, and Dr. Brian T. Wolfe

OU Percussion Orchestra & Percussion Ensemble – Sutton Concert Series

OU Percussion Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble – Sutton Concert Series

The OUPO/OUPE/OU Steel Band Fall Concert is this Thursday, November 6 at 8 pm in Sharp Concert Hall. If you are not able to attend in person, you can watch the concert “live” starting at 8 pm at the following link:

The concert will feature two special guest artists.

1. Dr. Jonathan Nichol, OU Professor of Saxophone, will be the featured soloist on Supercell by David Gillingham – a wonderful composition for Alto Saxophone and Percussion Ensemble and

2. A new commissioned work for the Percussion Ensemble by composer Nathan Daughtrey. The piece, “The Dreamers of Dreams” was commissioned by Mr. Rick Minnotte and the Mt. Lebanon HS (PA) Percussion Program. Mr. Minnotte will be our featured guest conductor with the OU Percussion Orchestra and the Oklahoma Premiere. Both the OU Percussion Ensemble and OU Steel Band will also be featured on the concert.

New OUBAA Friday Night Get Together

The Baylor Bear Beatdown Begins HERE!

Informal, come and go, let’s-get-together-and-feeeeel-alright (Do you have Bob Marley in your head now?)

Let’s celebrate our ONE LOVE / ONE HEART … the PRIDE!

Folks, get excited! We have reservations Friday night, 11-07-14, at Buffalo Wild Wings (AKA B-Dubs & BWW) starting at 7 PM! Come on by all night long, grab some wings, beer and sports and hang out with your best friends, the alumni!

Buffalo Wild Wings located in Norman near Hwy 9 and Classen Blvd Friday night, 11-07-14 — 7 PM.

Homecoming 2014 schedule posted

If you are registered for Homecoming 2014, you should have already received the schedule in E-mail. If not, please contact Rita or Temporary Rita immediately!

For everyone else, if you’d like to know when things are scheduled to happen, check out the events calendar. Click here to see and print Saturday’s schedule. There are some extra tickets (game, lunch, perhaps other kinds) available still on a first-come, first-serve basis; contact Temporary Rita for information on those.

Everything is very early because network television does not care about you, so get plenty of rest and get ready for a Big 12 Showdown the Sooners need to win to stay in playoff contention!

Isn’t there always a concert during Texas week?

PosterWSSB_10_6_141The University of Oklahoma Band Department presents a Sutton Series concert on Monday, October 6, featuring the Wind Symphony and Symphony Band performing music inspired by images: “Pictures, imagined and real.”

(When you get right down to it, those two categories include basically all the pictures. If they’re not real, they’re imagined. “Photoshop” is not a separate category.)

The Symphony Band opens the program under the direction of Dr. Michael Hancock, the new Interim Assistant Director of Bands. He was most recently a graduate conducting fellow at the University of Miami, and was previously Music Director of the Heidelberg Arts Ensemble in Heidelberg, Germany. The program includes Firefly by Ryan George (b. 1978, so not George Ryan—sorry, George), Chant Funéraire by Gabriel Fauré (orchestrated in 2004 by Myron Moss), and both “II. Mass” and “III. Carinval” from H. Owen Reed’s La Fiesta Mexicana. Dr. Reed passed away on January 8 of this year at the age of 103, but La Fiesta Mexicana is enjoying its 60th year of performance.

After a brief intermission, the Wind Symphony takes the stage at Sharp Hall under the baton of Dr. William K. Wakefield, with three pieces that will all but make you see their inspiration projected on your eyes. (I’m imagining that right now, so it’s working already.) First, there’s Ecstatic Fanfare from the always original and evocative Steven Bryant, based on his Ecstatic Waters. That’s followed by Clare Grundman’s adaptation of the full Candide Suite, a selection of five songs from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Finally, the Wind Symphony presents Merlin Patterson’s recent adaptation and transcription of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

I know this not because I’m a genius, but because I’ve seen the program [PDF], and you can too by clicking on that link. You can also click on the poster above to get your own full-resolution beautiful PDF version of that, suitable for anything for which posters are suitable.

Sutton Series Concert tickets are available at the Catlett Music Center box office before the performance, and cost $9 for adults and $5 for students, faculty, staff, or senior citizens, but the poster does say “$10 at the door.” The concert begins at 8:00 PM, and if you can’t attend, you’re invited to watch the livestream by clicking here. See you there!

TCU kickoff set

The TCU game on October 4 will kickoff at 2:30 PM CDT, at Amon Carter Stadium on the TCU campus. The game will be telecast by FOX (that means the broadcast network, not a regional FSN or FOX Sports 1, to the best of my knowledge), so that’s channel 25 in the Oklahoma City area and channel 23 in the Tulsa area.

OUBAA Calendar updated


Our calendar finally has been updated, so if you subscribe to it in Windows or Google or iOS Calendar programs, this year’s games should show up properly. No pregame or postgame schedules are included because I do not have access to those for 2014 as of this writing.

The game schedules are provided by Yahoo, so any game whose kickoff time is not yet set is listed as a noon (central time) kickoff. That’s not precise, but on the other hand, before fixing this, the previous calendar had one parade scheduled for (I think) September 28, 2999. So I’ll take the incorrect noon kickoff times. I shall endeavor to keep it updated this fall.

(Yes, Homecoming 2014 is on there. Register now!)