Classical. Ragtime. Jazz. Blues. Soul. Hip-hop.
To the casual listener, these genres of music may seem like unrelated movements, separated in time by the popular audiences who embraced them and, in time, left them behind for the next new thing.
In the hands of a skilled musician, who understands how each style is an outgrowth of the period preceding it, all of this music can be transformed into a single tapestry that tells a uniquely American story.
For Donald and Barron Ryan, it has also become a vehicle for a father and son to share that multigenerational story with audiences across the country, told from the keyboards of twin pianos that ring with musical mastery and technical prowess.
A native of Trinidad & Tobago, Donald Ryan came to the United States to study music, earning degrees from Oral Roberts University and the University of Tulsa. He is known as a master of diverse styles—evidenced by a diploma from the 9th International Chopin Competition as well as his induction into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.
Donald has also earned the distinction of being among the most accomplished pianists in the world as a Steinway Artist.
Barron Ryan began his piano studies under his father and went on to study at the University of Oklahoma. He has been a featured soloist at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, among many other venues.
Barron has also been a prizewinner in numerous piano competitions, including the Oklahoma Israel Exchange Young Artists Competition in 2011.
The duo has found new fans in recent years from a series of impressive videos that demonstrate the humor and charm of their live performances.
Watch Ryan & Ryan's funny take on "Two Men, One Piano"
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To purchase tickets call 405.574.1213. For information or directions call 405.574.1318. Sponsorships are available from the USAO Foundation at 405.574.1349. Group ticket prices available for 20 or more.
$40 general public
$35 seniors 60 and over
$35 USAO Alumni Association members
$12 all students and children under 18
$20 USAO staff/faculty
$8 USAO students
GENERAL ADMISSION PER PERFORMANCE:
$12 general public
$10 seniors 60 and over
$4 all students and kids under 18
$7 USAO staff/faculty
$3 USAO students
The DWPAS is produced by USAO in conjunction with the Chickasha Public School Foundation and is supported in part by an award from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Walton Family Foundation (through Arvest Bank) and the USAO Foundation.
Local sponsors include First National Bank and Trust Company, Standley Systems, Trammel Construction, the Mosley Agency, KOOL 105.5 Radio, Chickasha Express Star, Best Western, the Chickasha Bank and Trust Company as well as other businesses and individuals.