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OU School of Music Presents March Events

A delightful variety of music events, all open to the public and many with complimentary admission, are planned by the School of Music during March on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for best prices by phone at (405) 325-4101, or in person through the OU Fine Arts Box Office, located in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St., Norman.

Following is a schedule of events all of which will take place in the Catlett Music Center. Events are complimentary unless noted otherwise.

March 3 - Stephanie Leon Shames, piano and Suzanne Leon, violin, "An Evening of Russian Music," 8 p.m., Pitman Recital Hall, featuring music by Scriabin, Stravinsky and Prokofiev. (Sutton Concert Series ticketed event)

March 3 - Nowruz Persian Music Festival Workshop, 4:30 p.m., Pitman Recital Hall. This year’s festival features the Bâmdâd Ensemble, led by Mr. Sirvan Manhoobi, playing the oud. The group aims to introduce and promote Iranian classical music, paying special attention to displaying the diversity of Iranian folk music on a wide range of Iranian classical instruments including the oud, kamancheh, santour, tombak and daf drums. 

March 4 - Nowruz Persian Music Festival Concert, 8 p.m., Sharp Concert Hall, featuring the Bâmdâd Ensemble led by Sirvan Manhoobi and well known vocalist Alireza Shahmohammadi. (Masala World Music Series ticketed event)

March 5- OU University Chorale Concert, 3 p.m., Sharp Concert Hall, under the direction of Dr. Richard Zielinski. (Sutton Concert Series ticketed event)

March 6 - OU Symphony Orchestra 8 p.m., Sharp Concert Hall, featuring music by Mendelsohn, Sibelius and Sohumann, conducted by Jonathan Shames. (Sutton Concert Series ticketed event)

March 7 - OU Jazz Bands Festival Concert, 8 p.m. gala concert, Sharp Concert Hall, featuring Greg Waits, trombonist, Jonathan Nichol, Larry Hammett, Anthony Stoops, Jay Wilkinson, Boyd Street Brass and various high school jazz bands. (Sutton Concert Series ticketed event)

March 9 - World Premiere Presentation “The Garden” 8 p.m., Sharp Concert Hall. A School of Music and School of Dance production with music by Michael Lee, choreography by Mary Margaret Holt, Ilya Kozadayev and Clara Cravey Stanley, as performed by School of Music faculty and Oklahoma Festival Ballet.

March 10 - Orchestra for Organ Festival includes 2 days of lectures, masterclasses and concerts in the Catlett Music Center. For more information, contact Jeremy Wance at

March 10 - Lecture and Organ Masterclass with David Briggs, 2 p.m., Sharp Concert Hall.

March 10 - “Metropolis” silent film with live organ accompaniment by Richard Hills, 8 p.m., Sharp Concert Hall, on the Möller Municipal Symphonic Organ. Hills, a world renowned theatre organist, will accompany the complete and restored version of the epic science-fiction drama film of 1927.

March 11 - Organ Festival “Peter and the Wolf” For Kids and Families, 10 a.m. Sharp Concert Hall, John Schwandt will perform Prokofiev's beloved "Peter and the Wolf" with narration on the Möller Municipal Symphonic Organ. Schwandt will also play music from Harry Potter, accompany a short silent comedy film, and give a hands-on tour of the inside of an organ.

March 11 - Isabelle Demers Concert, 2 p.m., featuring Berlioz Symphonie “Fantastique,” Holst “Venus,” on the Möller Municipal Symphonic Organ, Sharp Concert Hall.

March 11 - Isabelle Demers masterclass, 4 p.m., Möller Municipal Symphonic Organ, Sharp Concert Hall

March 11 - Organ Concert featuring David Briggs, guest organist. Briggs will present his internationally-acclaimed solo organ transcription of Gustav Mahler's “Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection” on the Mildred Andrews Boggess Memorial organ, accompanied by soprano Donna Mitchell-Cox, contralto Rebekah Ambrosini and the OU Master Chorale under the direction of Adam Pajan, at 8 p.m., Grayce B. Kerr Gothic Hall.

March 20 – “Songs of Devotion and Desire” The Musical Heritage of Jewish Spain, 7 p.m., Pitman Recital Hall, Janice Meyerson, mezzo-soprano, Luis Cortest, lecturer, Lorne Richstone, piano, featuring music by Mudarra, Simoni, Hemsi, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Levy.

March 24 - Karnatak and Bharatanatyam Dance, 2 p.m., dance workshop (complimentary admission)
8 p.m., dance performance, Sharp Concert Hall (Masala World Music Series ticketed event)

March 25 - Faculty Composers' Recital, 8 p.m., Pitman Recital Hall

March 26 - Jeongwon Ham, Piano, 3 p.m., Sharp Concert Hall (Sutton Artist Series ticketed event) 

March 27 - Horn Studio Recital, 8 p.m., Pitman Recital Hall 

March 27 and March 31 - Guest Artist Voice Master Class with Marilyn Horne, 7 p.m., Pitman Recital Hall. Horne, who semiannually serves as a visiting artist at OU, where she conducts master classes at the School of Music, has been praised by critics as having “the greatest voice of the 20th century.” A former star of the Metropolitan Opera, she has performed in opera houses around the world during her highly successful international career.  She has received numerous accolades and honors in the arts including the National Medal of the Arts and the Kennedy Center Honor (1995). In 1999, Horne was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.

March 29 – “Der Erkennende: An Awareness of Alma Mahler” Elizabeth Monzingo, lecturer, 5 p.m., Catlett Music Center, room 131, as part of the Norton Lecture Series.  

March 29 – “Beatrice Harrison and Jaqueline du Pré: Misrepresentation, Mythology and the Elgar Cello Concert” Chas Helge, lecturer, 7 p.m., Catlett Music Center, room 131, as part of the Norton Lecture Series.  

March 30 - OU Symphony Orchestra Concerto Gala, 8 p.m., Sharp Concert Hall. (Sutton Concert Series ticketed event)


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An institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1931, the OU School of Music is the only comprehensive music program in Oklahoma. We offer degrees at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels in all areas of music performance, composition, education, history and theory.

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