Stillwater News Press

March 5, 2014

TO DO THIS WEEKEND: Music concerts feature Metropolitan Opera star

By Elizabeth Keys
Stillwater NewsPress


WHAT: Oklahoma State University President’s Masterworks Concerts

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: OSU Seretean Center Concert Hall

TICKETS: Purchase reserve seating for $10 adults or $7 students in the Seretean Center Music Office, Room 132, or one hour before performances at the Seretean Center Box Office


1. The annual President’s Masterworks Concert is one of the most significant large-scale events on the OSU Department of Music’s calendar, along with the annual Messiah performances and the spring opera production. Outstanding music students who have received major scholarships and awards will be honored. The audience will hear multiple excerpts from the operas and Requiem of Giuseppe Verdi featuring Metropolitan Opera star soprano Leona Mitchell. A reception will follow Sunday’s performance in the lobby of the Vivia Locke Theatre in the Seretean Center.

2. The Grammy award winning Mitchell, who sang for 18 seasons at the Met, will join the Concert Chorale, University Singers and Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Eric Garcia and Z. Randall Stroope, to perform Libera me from Verdi’s Requiem; Va pensiero from Nabucco, and Triumphal March and Final from Aida. Mitchell will also perform Son guinta from La Forza del Destino. OSU voice faculty including Anne-Marie Condacse, April Golliver and Steven Sanders will perform selections from   La Traviata, Il Travatore, and Macbeth, before joining in a selection from La Traviata. Verdi is known for operas that have been so widely performed over the years that the music has become part of popular culture. During his lifetime from 1813 to 1901, his works dominated the Italian opera scene and he was considered a pre-eminent opera composer of the 19th century.  

3. The performance is inspiring for youth with Mitchell’s rise from the Oklahoma prairie to the top of her profession. She started singing at an early age in the choir of the Antioch Church of God in Christ in Enid, where her father, Rev. Hulon Mitchell, was the minister along with her mother, Pearl Mitchell, who was the pianist.


“This is a rare opportunity to hear one of America’s legendary artists right here on the Seretean Center stage, combined with other members of the OSU voice faculty, our choirs and the OSU Symphony,” said Brant Adams, professor and head of the OSU Department of Music. “It’s a bargain, too — we recommend you stop by to purchase your tickets in advance.”


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