USAO News Bureau

Performing Arts Series Brings Music, Drama to USAO

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

CHICKASHA – Native American storytelling, Chinese acrobats and futuristic classical music are just a few of the exciting acts scheduled for the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series at the University of Science and Arts. The sixth season begins in August and ends in February. Season tickets go on sale July 28 at the USAO box office or by phone at (405) 574-1213.

The series begins with the world premiere of “Te Ata,” an off-Broadway play with music based on the life of famous Chickasaw Indian storyteller and actress Te Ata Fisher. The majestic production paints a portrait of the Oklahoma College for Women alum who spent more than 70 years performing a one-person show for audiences worldwide. The special matinee performance on Aug. 13 at 2 p.m. will be the first Davis-Waldorf event held in the newly remodeled and rededicated Te Ata Memorial Auditorium in Troutt Hall.

Obeying the law of gravity is merely an option when the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats hit the stage. These 20 young acrobatic aces are actors, athletes and artists who’ve seen the world – literally. With performances in every U.S. state and more than 65 countries on five continents, they are winning the world over. On September 6 at 8 p.m., the Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform captivating feats of daring and grace, complemented by beautiful and elaborate costumes, with a performance sure to compel an audience of all ages in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.

Emanuel Borok could be called a master of orchestral symphony. The Grammy-nominated violin virtuoso has served as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster for more than 20 years, with an additional 11-season stretch with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra. An engaging evening of masterful musicianship is guaranteed when Borok rocks the USAO Chapel Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m.

Some singers would faint at the thought of performing before a panel of world-renowned opera stars. Not Jeffrey Snider. In 2005, he placed second in a vocal competition judged by opera celebrities such as Placido Domingo. No wonder Snider’s been called “one of the finest male soloists” ever to have performed “Carmina Burana.” And on Jan. 23, the renowned baritone will bring his award-winning voice to the USAO Chapel at 7:30 p.m.

What if classical composer Johann Sebastian Bach had been handed an electronic keyboard instead of a piano? Jazz combo Bach to the Future attempts to answer this question with their modern, electronic approach to classical music. With cutting edge instruments, including the drumitar, six-string bass and synthesizers, the quartet gives classical music an extreme makeover. Quirky and energetic, Bach to the Future sheds a contemporary light on classic favorites Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.

The Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series is made possible by grants from the USAO Foundation, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

More information about tickets and the Davis-Waldorf series is available online at http://www.usaofoundation.org/eventsFundraisers.htm#dwpas and by phone at (405) 574-1213.