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February 2, 2014

Musicales play on the love of music and food

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State University’s Friends of Music Spring Musicales feature special food to complement the performances of faculty and students from the music department. An annual tradition for more than 30 years, events are planned in private homes. This year’s committee consists of Betty Townsend, Alane Zannotti, Barbara Miller, Martha McMillian and Jan McSwain.

“The co-hosts and hosts donate the food and hospitality for the musicales,” said Townsend, Friends of Music president, “so all the money from the musicales goes to the music department.”

Mezzo-soprano April Golliver, OSU associate professor of voice, said the money raised supports scholarships and various projects.

“Part of the funds raised benefit OSU Opera. For the musicales, my students and I will be performing operatic aria’s and Broadway musical theater selections which I love,” Golliver said. “I started singing after seeing the movie ‘Annie’ when I was a child. I always enjoyed singing but after watching the musical I was even more excited about performing. At the musicales we perform for a good cause.”

The four opportunities for food, fun and music include:

My Funny Valentine

3-5 p.m. Feb. 16

“For the Love of Music” will fill the air with a collection of love songs from Broadway to opera with Golliver’s OSU Voice Studio students. Hosts Jeri and Alan Seefeldt join with co-host Dixie and Nelson Ehrlich for an entertaining experience with a playful nod to the month of romance. Guests will be treated to a lavish matinee menu of delicious small bits, asparagus soup shooters, cheese gougeres, chilled shrimp, stuffed mushrooms, mini meatballs, fresh fruits and tempting sweets among the scrumptious selections.

Meet Me in Rio

3-5 p.m. Feb. 23

“Saxophones and Salsa” are part of the Brazilian carnival hosted by Patty and Steve Armbruster with saxophone performances led by Jeffrey Loeffert, OSU assistant professor of saxophone. Barbara and Bill Dunn, Lynda Hillier and Leanita Shelby are helping the Armbrusters provide a fun tasting menu of empanada, fruits, Brazilian cheese bread, carnitas and other transitional specialties.

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