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Dynamic father, son piano duo set to perform at USAO

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.

Ryan & Ryan is scheduled to perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the Alumni Chapel at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma as part of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series.

USAO musicians shine at state gathering

Three members of the concert band at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma joined elite musicians from around the state in Tulsa to perform with the 2014 Oklahoma Music Educators’ Association Concert Band in mid-January.

Saxophonist Olen Cox, a senior from Hugo, trombonist Christopher Jordan, a senior from Ardmore, and flautist Lindsay Robbins, a senior from Moore, were nominated for the honor by Dr. Dan Hanson, director of the USAO Concert Band and professor of music.

Robbins took second chair in her section after competing against dozens of flautists from private and public universities around the state.

Chalk art festival sends out call to Oklahoma artists

Oklahoma artists are invited to participate in the annual Montmartre judged sidewalk chalk art festival on the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha on April 3.

The Nobbs Wellness Center (pictured here) serves the headquarters for Make Marble Pay, a wellness initiative designed to raise money for the general scholarship fund at USAO. The program, now entering its fourth year, has raised more than $13,000.

University weight-loss initiative launches Jan. 20

A scholarship drive designed to promote healthy eating and wellness launches its fourth year with a lunchtime get together, beginning at noon on Jan. 20 at Dusty’s in the Student Center at the University of Science and Arts.

Te Ata statue installed on USAO Oval

In 1919, Mary Thompson graduated from the Oklahoma College for Women, located in Chickasha, and set out for New York, determined to fulfill her dream of becoming a stage actress.

On Jan. 9, 2014, she returned to the campus now known as the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, immortalized in monumental bronze in her legendary incarnation as Te Ata, “Bearer of the Morning.”

Members of the campus community braved the chilly winds for several hours to watch as installation technicians worked with ropes and even a crane to carefully place the statue of one of USAO’s most celebrated alumna on her pedestal just outside of Troutt Hall.

A formal dedication ceremony for the monument is tentatively scheduled for later this spring.