College of Fine Arts and Design

UCO Welcomes Spring With Music and Dance Concerts And A One-Act Festival

April 15, 2011wind symphony

The University of Central of Oklahoma's College of Fine Arts and Design welcomes spring with a mix of performances, from concerts to a one-act festival.

The UCO Symphonic Band will present a patriotic-themed concert at 7:30 p.m., April 21 in Mitchell Hall Theater. Directed by David Hanan, Central's associate director bands, the selections will include "Within These Hollowed Walls," a piece that combines "Amazing Grace" and "Battle Hymn of The Republic;" "Armed Forces on Parade," a medley of stirring marches from the U.S. armed forces; and "Stars and Stripes Forever."

The Department of Dance will showcase a senior student choreography concert at 7:30 p.m., April 23 in Mitchell Hall Theater. This showcase will feature the work of Allison Eversoll, senior capstone student and Aurora, Colorado native, as well as other select students in full production.

"I am very excited about the work the students have created, and it is thrilling to see their creative ideas come to fruition through their choreography," said Jill Priest, Central assistant professor of dance.

"They have taken great care in the crafting and expression of the work and they are anxious to perform their works for an audience!"

As part of their capstone experience, the students have to organize and produce all aspects of the showcase including choreography, costume design, production and promotion. In addition, they organize all technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals, technical needs and set up.  

The spring concert by the Central Wind Symphony is entitled "Oklahoma Bandscapes: The Wind Music of Samuel Magrill" and will be at 7:30 p.m., April 26 in Mitchell Hall Theater.  Magrill is Central's composer-in-residence, and he will be honored at the beginning of the concert with the reading of a proclamation from the Edmond mayor's office. Featured pieces include "The Edmond March," "Fanfare for Broncho Band" and "Tango!"  Later in April, The Wind Symphony will record several of the featured pieces to be released on CD.

Finally, Central's Theatre Arts Department will present a free one-act festival at 7:30 p.m., April 29-30, in Pegasus Theater, located in Central's Liberal Arts Building. The festival is comprised of several one-act plays, directed by Central theatre arts seniors.

Tickets for the spring music concerts in Mitchell Hall Theater are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for Central students. To purchase tickets, call the Mitchell Hall Theater Box Office at (405) 974-3375. Tickets for the senior student choreography showcase will be $5 at the door.

For a complete schedule of spring performance and exhibits in the College of Fine Arts and Design, please visit