USAO News Bureau

‘Baroque’ Masterclass Free to Public

Friday, January 6, 2006

 

The public is invited to a free masterclass offered by the musicians of Go for Baroque, scheduled to perform Jan. 13 at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

 

The free workshop is scheduled from 4-5:30 p.m. in the USAO Chapel. Tickets to the concert following at 8 p.m. are $8 to the general public, $6 to seniors and $2 to all students and children.

 

This is the fourth event in the popular Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series for the 2005-06 season. Go For Baroque prides itself on making serious music into fun and entertaining pieces.

 

“We have a lot of fun during our concerts,” said Peggy Payne, manager of the ensemble. “Whether we are playing Baroque or jazz music, we want our audiences to enjoy the music as much as we enjoy performing.”

 

The idea of associating jazz with classical has often inspired musical personalities as diverse as George Gershwin and Dave Brubeck. For Claude Bolling, a prolific composer, a Grammy nominee and a six time French Grand Prix du Disque winner, he first approached “crossover music” with Jazz Gang Amadeus Mozart – a recording in the form of a musical gag, tinted with Spike Jones humor.

 

When Bolling’s Suite for Flute was released, it went to the top of the Billboard charts and stayed No. 1 for two years. It stayed on the charts for 530 weeks, an absolute record since the invention of the phonograph.

 

Go for Baroque will also perform works from Scarlatti, J.S. Bach, J.C.F. Bach and Pachelbel in a traditional format complete with harpsichord.

 

The Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series is made possible by the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Foundation and participating sponsors. Major funding comes from KOOL 105.5 Radio of Chickasha, the Oklahoma Arts Council, the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Other local benefactors include Alliance Oil and Gas of Chickasha, the First National Bank and the USAO Cultural and Entertainment Committee. Others include Chickasha Bank and Trust Co., Mosley Insurance Co., John and Marilyn Feaver, and the Inasmuch Foundation. Additional support comes from Five Oaks Medical Center, Grady Memorial Hospital, Diannah and Jim Parker, Perry and Virginia Ramsey, Livingston Machinery, and Joe and Debbie Evans.