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November 2014

OCCC - Performing Arts Series

OCCC campus
Dec. 4- April 21

Kathy Mattea’s Songs and the Season
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

For the first time since 2010, Grammy award winning artist Kathy Mattea will be touring her Songs and the Season Christmas program, a thoughtful blend of old favorites and new songs from her celebrated holiday albums, Joy For Christmas Day and Good News. The singer's unmistakable voice explores music's most basic human essence through timeless melodies and uplifting narratives while intimately connecting with her audience. Her Christmas concerts are, she says, "more about the spiritual side of Christmas, and not so much about the holiday" - and the result is a performance that will bring both joy and reverence to the seasonal celebration.
From "Christmas Collage," an innovative, insightful medley of traditional carols, to the supple gospel call-and-response of "Baby King," to the dramatic "Mary Did You Know?'; Mattea's Songs and the Season program displays her natural flexibility and hard-won artistic integrity. As NPR says,"Kathy Mattea has never stuck to conventions within any genre." Whether she's adapting the classic "Angels We Have Heard On High" or arranging "There's Still My Joy," a new contribution from award-winning writers Melissa Manchester and Beth Nielsen-Chapman, Mattea brings a fresh ear and a natural, unforced eclecticism to this holiday musical experience.
Twice named Female Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association, Kathy Mattea carved out a role for herself in the late 1980s and 1990s as a sensitive yet energetic artist at ease both with country tradition and free-ranging innovation. With close to thirty Top 40 country hits, including 15 Top lOs and 4 Number One entries, five gold albums, and a platinum-selling greatest hits compilation, she is among the most successful women in the genre's history, yet her creative spirit has led her to explore musical territory extending well beyond its confines.
See more at www.mattea.com.

Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is one of the most popular music-comedy acts to come out of New Zealand in years. As well as impeccable musical skills, heavenly harmonies and a canny choice of covers, the dozen-strong strummers have sold-out audiences rolling in the aisles with their on-stage antics.
Featuring 11 ukuleles anchored by a double bass, the band’s on-stage antics are legendary, and the song choices themselves only serve to highlight the musical excellence and comic brilliance of the group. “Resistance is futile.”
The WIUO consists of Age Pryor (also of Fly My Pretties), Andy Morley Hall, Bek Coogan, Bret McKenzie (also of Flight of the Conchords and The Black Seeds), Carmel Russell, Dan Yeabsley (of Twinset), Francis Salole, Gemma Gracewood, Megan Hosking, Nigel Collins, Sam Auger, and Steve Jessup.
More information can be found at: www.ukulele.co.nz/.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
The legendary Glenn Miller was one of the most successful of all dance band leaders back in the Swing Era of the 1930’s and 40’s. A matchless string of hit records, the constant impact of radio broadcasts and the drawing power at theatres, hotels and dance pavilions, built and sustained the momentum of popularity.
Glenn disbanded his musical organization in 1942 at the height of its popularity to volunteer for the Army. There, he organized and led the famous Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. It went to Europe to entertain servicemen, performing numerous live and radio shows. On December 15, 1944, Major Miller took off in a single engine plane from England to precede his band to France, disappearing over the English Channel, never to be seen again. The army declared him officially dead a year later.
Today, the 18-member ensemble continues to play many of the original Miller arrangements, both from the civilian band and the AAFB libraries. Additionally, it also plays some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style and sound.
Just as it was in Glenn’s day, the Glenn Miller Orchestra today is still the most sought after big band in the world.
See more at www.glennmillerorchestra.com.

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, founded and led by Misha Rachlevsky, has earned national and international recognition as one of Russia's leading ensembles.
Founded in 1991, the orchestra, comprising some of Russia's finest young string players, has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky. Whether it is the highly-acclaimed CDs or its mesmerizing concerts, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin's warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played.
In addition to an active schedule of presenting concerts and festivals in Moscow, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin tours regularly in North and South America, Europe and the Far East.
With 17 years of excellence under its belt, a devoted audience in its home base of Moscow, an award-winning CD catalog of over 30 CDs and an increasing demand for performances internationally, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin enthusiastically continues its busy schedule of concerts, festivals, recordings and touring.
See more at www.chamberorchestrakremlin.ru.

Pilobolus Dance Theater
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Founded by a group of Dartmouth College students in 1971, Pilobolus is based in Washington Depot, Connecticut and New York City, but has been touring its 115 pieces of repertory to more than 64 countries over the last 42 years.
Pilobolus continually forms diverse collaborations that break down barriers between disciplines and challenge the way we think about dance and, in recent years, has transformed from avant-garde dance company into an international entertainment brand featured on “Oprah,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and the “Academy Awards.”
See more at www.pilobolus.org.

 

Tickets for each PAS concert are now on sale. To purchase your individual or season tickets, please choose from the following options:

• Purchase tickets online at www.occc.edu/pas.

• Charge your tickets by calling the Cultural Programs department at (405) 682-7579.

PAS season subscribers may purchase tickets to any of the concerts at a reduced price.

 

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