STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Oklahoma State University Friends of Music Musicale hosts are cooking up fun with international recipes to flavor the presentations of faculty and students in solo and ensemble performances.
One of those groups is The Knoblock Project featuring Curren Myers, Caleb Shannon, Grant Eisenmenger and Eric Stults under the tutelage of Jeffrey Loeffert, OSU assistant professor of saxophone and theory.
“The saxophone quartet is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate music students,” Loeffert said. “These students perform in the OSU Wind Ensemble as well as the OSU Jazz Ensembles.”
Some of The Knoblock Project’s accolades include winning the state round of the Music Teachers National Association Competition in November. The Knoblock Project has also advanced to the final round of the North American Saxophone Alliance Saxophone Quartet Competition, becoming the first ensemble from the state of Oklahoma to have ever advanced to this point in the contest. They will represent OSU in the final round of this event in March at the University of Illinois.
The Knoblock Project is the featured entertainment at the Meet Me in Rio “Saxophones and Samba” Musicale in the ranch home of Patty and Steve Armbruster. Patty, along with other musicale hostesses, shared recipes that will get their parties started.
“Candied bacon may sound wrong, but it’s oh so right!” said Jeri Seefeldt who is hosting the My Funny Valentine “For the Love of Music” Musicale with opera and Broadway love songs. Her co-host, Dixie Ehrlich, said all you need to make this easy recipe is to coat bacon with a sugar and spice mixture and bake it until it’s crispy. The resulting treat is simultaneously chewy and crunchy, sweet and salty — and completely addicting.
One pound sliced bacon
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
Sprinkle with coarsely ground black pepper
Dash cayenne pepper (optional)