KCSC joins the University of Central Oklahoma's
College of Fine Arts and Design
In October 2013, Classical KCSC Radio officially became a part of the University of Central Oklahoma's College of Fine Arts and Design. Founded in January of 2001, the College offers a multi-faceted academic unit of faculty, staff, programs and disciplines focused on arts education, arts technology, interdisciplinary programming, arts entrepreneurship, incorporating global arts studies into each discipline. In addition to the Departments of Art, Design, Theatre Arts, Dance and Music, the College operates Technology, Development, Marketing and Communications offices, galleries and collections, performing arts facilities and the Oklahoma Center for Arts Education. The CFAD mission is "Preparing creative leaders and professionals in the fine arts, education and design." On the first of April, KCSC changed its historic call letters to KUCO, to acknowledge its licensee, the University of Central Oklahoma.
In following its mission to the community, KUCO continues to celebrate and support the mission of the College through promotion of CFAD events via public service announcements, produced calendars and messages, the Faculty Artist Concert Series spotlight interviews on Mondays, in special in-studio live interviews with guest artists on campus and in a number of special programs on KUCO's Performance Oklahoma.
UCO HOSTS INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED
COMPOSER DAVID MASLANKA!
American composer David Maslanka was a special guest artist of the University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Fine Arts and Design; the composer and his works presented in a series of workshops and performances featuring UCO faculty and students, March 10th through the 13th at the School of Music, the Radke Fine Arts Theatre and Mitchell Hall Theatre. The residency centered around the UCO Wind Symphony's performance and Oklahoma premier of Maslanka’s newly composed work “Remember Me” featuring UCO's Professor of Cello, Tess Remy-Schumacher, Professor of Theatre Arts, Robert McGill and Director of Bands, Brian Lamb in the final of three concerts.
Internationally recognized, David Maslanka has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Geneseo, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, and as a guest composer at more than 100 universities, conferences and music festivals; his music performed routinely around the world.
In a special program offered by KUCO's Performance Oklahoma this past May, listeners heard performances of Maslanka's works offered in three concerts during his visit, as well as commentary from the composer and UCO music faculty! An encore of the program is planned for early Fall! Listen to a promo for the program here!
UCO PROFESSOR OF MUSIC BRIAN LAMB INVITED
TO PRESENT AT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN CHINA
Read about Brian Lamb's invitation to speak about transformative learning at the University of Central Oklahoma and School of Music education curriculum here!
Harpsichord Builder and Artist
Brad Bennight presented by UCO
In Dedication Recital
PRESENTS GUEST ARTIST
EMILY DAVIDSON IN CONCERT
Performance Oklahoma presents
Faculty Artist Concert Series performances
in August 2013
PERFORMANCE OKLAHOMA PRESENTS
VALERY KULESHOV IN RECITAL!
Music for solo piano by Alexander Scriabin opened a recital given by Valery Kuleshov, artist in residence at the University of Central Oklahoma. Presented in September of 2010 in the new Radke Fine Arts Theatre in UCO’s Center for Transformative Learning the concert also included works by Modest Mussorgsky and Franz Liszt and was offered as a program on Performance Oklahoma in the spring of 2011. Listen here to an except from the program featuring twelve preludes by Alexander Scriabin!.
UCO's Wind Symphony and Friends release
album featuring the music of Michael Colgrass
The University of Central Oklahoma Wind Symphony & Friends under the direction of conductor, Brian Lamb, has released their second CD on the Equilibrium label featuring the music of Pulitzer Prize composer, Michael Colgrass, including his intriguing and most interesting setting of J. S. Bach's "Goldberg Variations". After listening to the recording, Mr. Colgrass wrote to Dr. Lamb:
"I am so proud of this recording I can't find the words. In the first place the recorded sound is of excellent quality. Interpretively, this studio version of the piece has a quality that the live performance didn't have: playful and light in the movements that called for it. In general the playing is sensational—If I were there I'd take the whole ensemble out to dinner right now."
Also on the CD: Zululand, Ghost River and Gotta Make Noise by Michael Colgrass.
UCO musicians release widely-praised album
of music by Michael Daugherty
In December of 2012, University of Central Oklahoma ensembles, under the direction of Brian Lamb recorded an album on the Equilibrium label devoted to the music of Michael Daugherty, works composed between 1987 and 2006. The Grammy award winning composer is one of the most commissioned, performed and recorded composers on the American concert music scene today. "Daugherty writes music that is propulsive, accessible yet well constructed and deeply imbued with the spirits of both romanticism and postmodernism." ~The Washington Post. Titles on the UCO album: Firecracker (1991 Regrets Only (2006) Rosa Parks Boulevard (2001) Walk the Walk (2005) Blue Like an Orange (1987) Diamond in the Rough (2006) and Bizarro (1993.) Listen as Michael Daugherty offers his comments about the project and his collaboration with University of Central Oklahoma musicians here!
The College of Fine Arts & Design
presents pianist Barry Snyder!
The internationally acclaimed pianist, chamber musician and teacher Barry Snyder, Professor of Piano the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester appeared as a guest artist of the University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Fine Arts and Design offering a recital on Thursday, October 4th and a master class on Friday, October 5th in the Radke Fine Arts Theatre in UCO’s Center for Transformative Learning. The program, titled Impressionism and Imagination included performances of works by Domenico Scarlatti, Claude Debussy, Sydney Hodkinson, Sergei Rachmaninov andRobert Schumann. Listen here to a sampling of his performance of the Scarlatti sonatas featured on Performance Oklahoma!
Performance Oklahoma presents
UCO flutist Emily Butterfield
and pianist David Forbat!
The College of Fine Arts & Design presents
pianist Ann Schein!
Everything was so dazzlingly played, so musically right that all one could do was sit back in gasping admiration” writes The New York Times about pianist Ann Schein. Her career has earned her praise in major American and European music centers in recitals and with many of the great conductors and orchestras of our time and in more than 50 countries around the world.
Presented by the University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Fine Arts and Design on Saturday, February 18th of 2012, HER program featured works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninov. Hear an excerpt from Performance Oklahoma featuring her introduction and performance of the first movement of Beethoven's Les Adieux here!