Accademia Filarmonica and OU Chorale present Bach
Heather Brown, The Oklahoma Daily
GO AND DO
When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Catlett Music Center’s Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall
Price: $9 for adults and $5 for students, OU faculty/staff and senior adults
The Accademia Filarmonica and OU Chorale will present their biannual concert featuring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
The concert features concertmasters Gregory Lee and Marat Gabdullin with conductor Richard Zielinski.
”We started this back in 1983,” said artistic director Eugene Enrico. “[The concerts have] been going for twenty seasons, and we do two every year.”
The artistic directors collaborate each year, and decide which pieces they are going to do for each concert, Enrico said.
“The idea of this concert is to get a professional-sounding orchestra, which gives our students a chance to play in a professional ensemble composed of students,” said Enrico.
Challenges of having an orchestra of this size and talent include having so few instruments besides string instruments, Enrico said.
“It’s unusual in that usually we have a larger orchestra with wind instruments,” Enrico said. “It’s all strings so it’s a little smaller. When you’re more exposed like that everything has to be tighter”.
Graduate students are mainly selected to participate in the choir by the recommendation of professors; however, talented undergraduate students can be chosen as well, Enrico said
Musical arrangements include Violin Concerto in E Major featuring violinist Gregory Lee, and Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major featuring viola soloists Mark Neumann and Betty Shaohong, according to a press release.
The last concert piece, Cantata No. 150, features the combination of the orchestra and OU Chorale with soprano soloist Donna Mitchell-Cox and concert trio Lauren Trojacek, Jack Swanson, and Dee Steely singing alto, tenor, and baritone respectively, according to a press release.
“It’s wonderful getting to work with [OU Chorale],” said Enrico. “They always work so hard, and we sound great together.”