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.
Stringing You Along
5-7 p.m. Feb. 23
“Bring on the Bach” is a classical music aficionados delight with inspirational works by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by OSU assistant professor of cello, Meredith Blecha-Wells, and students from her OSU Cello Studio. Martha and Roger McMillian are hosting the event in their Deer Crossing home with co-hosts Jan and Rick McSwain, Jane and Gary Clark and Toni and Bill Stone. Guests will enjoy fruit and brie before being treated to delicious light dinner fare including beef tenderloin, potato bites, garden fresh green beans and sinful Italian cream cake.
A Winter’s Eve Gathering
6-8 p.m. Feb. 23
“Jazzing Up Winter” is hosted by Robert Raab and Bruce Waterfield in their modern country home for a spirited evening of contemporary and traditional jazz performed by a student jazz group led by Ryan Gardner, assistant professor of trumpet. A seated dinner is planned featuring a Bayou-inspired menu of Cajun specialties. Co-hosts for the evening are Alane Zannotti, Kyle Wray, Preston Carrier and Mike Bode.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: OSU Friends of Music Spring Musicales Feb. 16 and Feb. 23
DETAILS: Two afternoon and two evening music performances by OSU students and faculty with food in beautiful private homes. Three events are offered at $50 per person. The premiere event ticket is $100 per person.
CONTACT: Reservations are required and must be made by mail or in person at the OSU Music Department office, 132 Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. The deadline is Feb. 10.