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UCO School of Music Announces Fall Faculty Artist Concert Series

Three people stand in a group; a man holds his violin, a woman holds a horn instrument, and another woman holds a book of sheet music and compositions.

Aug. 24, 2017

Media Contact: Alexis Quinn, Marketing Assistant, UCO School of Music, College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-5947,

UCO School of Music Announces Fall Faculty Artist Concert Series

The University of Central Oklahoma’s School of Music announces the fall 2017 season of its Faculty Artisit Concert Series with six diverse concerts, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 29; Sept. 5, 12 and 26; Oct. 31 and Nov. 28 at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St. in Edmond.

The Faculty Artist Concert Series showcases the talents of School of Music faculty while raising money for music student scholarships.

The season will kick off on Aug. 29 with Hong Zhu, D.M.A., director of UCO’s chamber orchestra and professor of violin and baroque violin, as he presents “String Chamber Music Plus.” The concert will feature pieces by composers such as Mendelssohn, Rabl and UCO’s own Samuel Magrill, D.M.A., composer-in-residence. Zhu will be joined on stage by fellow faculty members Dawn Marie Lindblade-Evans, D.M.A., assistant professor of clarinet; Pamela Richman, instructor of basic music skills, music appreciation and success in music; Sallie Pollack, D.M.A., piano division head and assistant professor of collaborative piano and Tess Remy-Schumacher, D.M.A., professor of cello, baroque cello and coordinator of the Brisch Center for Historical Performance.

The Sept. 5 concert will feature Peggy Moran, D.M., assistant professor of horn performing alongside Patrick Conlon, assistant director of the ACM@UCO and composer and violinist, and Megan Clewell, pianist, in their premiere performance as the Akouo Ensemble. The performance will include trios by composers Berkeley, Conlon and Raum. These three pieces feature the lyricism and power that the horn, violin and piano create together.

On Sept. 12, Samuel Magrill takes the stage with his daughter, Mira Magrill, D.M.A., a flutist currently on the music faculty at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan. Their concert, titled “M&M,” solely features works composed by Samuel, including one written specially for Mira.

Natalie Syring, flute, will perform “Suite No. 2 for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio” by composer Claude Bolling on Sept. 26. Syring performed Bolling’s “Suite No. 1” as a part of a Faculty Artist Concert Series concert several years ago, and is looking forward to introducing the audience to Bolling’s lesser-known “Suite No. 2.” Her jazz trio will consist of UCO faculty members Michael Geib, D.M.A., assistant professor of string bass, David Hardman, instructor of percussion, and Eric Grigg, pianist. In addition, Syring will perform several pieces by Ian Clarke, of which she has orchestrated and recorded the accompaniments in a “new age” style.

Oct. 31 Grigg will again take the stage for “100 Years of Thelonious Monk.” The concert will be devoted to the music of Thelonious Monk, the iconic jazz pianist and composer. Grigg will be joined by Geib and Hardman, along with Heath Jones, Ph.D., saxophonist and professor of music at Oklahoma Christian University.

The season will conclude on Nov. 28 with a concert featuring Brian Gorrell, director of jazz studies and saxophone. Gorrell’s concert, “An Evening of Fine Jazz with a Classical Twist,” will feature some of his favorite classical saxophone compositions, along with a variety of modern jazz, showcasing original music and diverse composers, such as Billy Strayhorn, Wayne Shorter and Benny Golson.

Tickets are free for students, with a valid UCO ID, and $10 for all others. Tickets may be purchased at the door, online at, or by phone at 405-974-5004.

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Cutline: The Akouo Ensemble, including UCO School of Music faculty Patrick Conlon, Peggy Moran, D.M., and Megan Clewell, will make their debut performance as a trio as a part of UCO’s Faculty Artist Concert Series fall season at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St. in Edmond.