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UCO Center for Historical Performance Presents a Series of Concerts, Outreach Events

Aug. 26, 2014

Media Contact: Angela Morris, Staff Writer, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-3752,


The University of Central Oklahoma Center for Historical Performance will begin its season of performances and outreach events with two concerts, two master classes and a lecture Sept. 2-6.

The historical performance ensemble Trio Antiqua will kick off the week with a concert at 1 p.m. Sept. 2 outside of Legends Restaurant on the second floor of the Nigh University Center.    

The concert is free and open to the public.  Donations will be accepted.

Trio Antiqua consists of Center for Historical Performance faculty and staff, including violinist and violist Ralph Morris, D.M.A., violinist and recorder player Theodora Morris, and cellist Thresa Swadley.

All seasoned professionals in their field, Ralph and Theodora Morris both performed early music in Europe for more than a decade, and Swadley continues to expand her versatility as an international performer.

Trio Antiqua utilizes historical instruments or modern replicas as well as historical interpretations of literature.

“We are delighted, as a trio, to be an ensemble that represents the Center of Historical Performance,” said Ralph Morris.

“Center founders Dr. Tess Remy-Schumacher and Dr. Ted Honea have done a fantastic job bringing such a unique program to this part of the country, a program that really encapsulates the new wave of classic music: historical practice and performance,” Morris continued.

The Tuesday concert features highlights in the evolution of music during the second half of the 18th century, including pieces by Joseph Haydn, Johann Christian Bach, Andreas Lidel and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

“This is a performance of entertainment music at its very highest level, composed by some of the greatest musicians of the 18th century who knew and respected each other and strongly influenced one another,” explained Morris.

The following weekend, guest artist Webb Wiggins will present a lecture contrasting baroque and romantic elements in performance from 2-4 p.m. Sept. 5, a harpsichord recital at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5, and master classes on harpsichord from 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. on Sept. 6. 

All Wiggins events will be held at the Radke Fine Arts Theatre in the UCO Center for Transformative Learning and will be free and open to the public.

Wiggins is one of the foremost teachers of the harpsichord, a historical keyboard instrument.  He is an associate professor at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in Ohio as well as instructor of the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.

“We’re fortunate to have such a world-renowned harpsichordist come to Central and share his experience and wisdom with students and members of our community,” said Linda Owen, Ph.D., Central piano faculty member.

“We are also grateful for the support of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists for co-sponsoring this guest artist,” Owen continued.

To participate in the master class, contact Owen at 405-209-6029 or

“Those who participate in the master class will have the rare opportunity to perform on a harpsichord,” Owen explained.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a pianist, organist or just a music enthusiast, all are welcome to participate in the events of the weekend and learn something new.”

For a complete listing of all UCO Center for Historical Performance performances and events, visit


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Cutline: Members of Trio Antiqua (from left) Theodora Morris, Thresa Swadley and Ralph Morris, D.M.A., will begin the UCO Center of Historical Performance’s series of performances and outreach events occurring Sept. 2-6.