SE Musical Art Series

Musical Arts Series – 45th Season

All concerts are free to the public. Thank you to our sponsors and donors, without whom this series would not be possible. Special thanks goes to the National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Countil, Steger Piano Institute, and the Clark and Wanda Bass Foundation.  Consider being a part of the Musical Arts Series by becoming a donor! Contact Dr. Jeremy Blackwood at or call 580-745-2096 for more information.

St. Louis Brass 

Sunday, October 7, 2018
First Christian Church (301 North 3rd Ave)
7:30 PM

(A Public Masterclass will be presented at 2:00 PM in the sanctuary of First Christian Church.)

Founded in 1964, the Saint Louis Brass Quintet is one of America’s longest standing brass quintets. The group was originally formed by members of the St. Louis Symphony to play children’s concerts around the St. Louis area. Soon though, they had expanded to present full length concerts funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council and the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Now, forty years and more than 2,500 engagements later, the only original member still in the group — and the only one who actually lives in St. Louis — is trombonist Melvyn Jernigan – who retired from the Saint Louis Symphony after 35 years. The other quintet members hold top positions across the United States: Professors at Yale, UT Austin and Indiana University.

The group now performs three ten day concert tours throughout the United States each year, plus recording and international touring. The SLBQ was featured at the Norway Brass Band Festival in 1994, at a festival in Bombay, India in 1995, and they performed a two-week concert tour in Japan in 1997. In May of 1999 the quintet toured Mexico, and in October of 2001 they toured Germany. June 2003, they were performing in Sweden.

It was out of the Saint Louis Brass Quintet that Summit Brass got its start. In 1985, led by trumpeter David Hickman, who was at that time a member of the quintet, personnel were chosen for this new group. Since its first concerts in 1986, Summit Brass has hosted an annual institute for brass players, performed dozens of concert tours in the United States and Europe, and has recorded ten CDs.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Hallie-McKinney Ballroom A
7:30 PM



This event is sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Frisson is explosive!

From New York City, the ensemble features the best and brightest of classical music’s rising stars drawn from many of the nation’s major music schools including Juilliard, Curtis, and Yale. Frisson showcases a myriad of rarely-performed masterworks. Listen and enjoy as Frisson expands and contracts into a variety of ensembles, including quintets, sextets, nonets, and a small chamber orchestra. The ensemble debuts in major cities across the United States during the 2017-18 season and they are rapidly becoming one of the busiest classical music ensembles with dozens of performances planned for the 2018-19 season.

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Ruth Steger Piano Institute / Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation

Catalin Dima, piano

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Fine Arts Recital Hall
7:30 PM

Pianist Catalin Dima, newly appointed Instructor of Piano at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, has been a prize-winner in many national and international competitions, and performed in numerous solo recitals and concerts in the US, Romania, France, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Malawi.

Among most recent concerts, Catalin performed at the Cosmos Club in D.C. as a guest artists invited by the Embassy of Romania and at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. He also played in six concerts together with violinist Alexandru Malaimare, where they promoted Romanian music in Illinois and Indiana states. Other previous concerts include performances at the Romanian Cultural InstituteKlavierhaus, and International House in New York, Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago, Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, and orchestral debuts with George Enescu Philharmonic OrchestraWashington SinfoniettaShenandoah Conservatory Orchestra, and Pitesti Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a dedicated performer, Catalin has been involved in many musical projects and promoted classical music on numerous occasions. In 2012, he was selected to be a part of the program fellow team at the International House in New York. There he organized contemporary and classical music concerts on a monthly basis and collaborated with young international artists.

Before moving to the US, Catalin Dima appeared regularly on many stages throughout his native country, Romania, such as the Romanian AthenaeumSibiu Philharmonic Hall, and Mihail Jora Philharmonic Hall. As the pianist of Pitesti Philharmonic for five seasons, he had the opportunity to perform and collaborate with many distinguished artists and conductors, such as Gheorghe Zamfir, Christian Badea, Alexandru Ganea and Cornel Țaranu.

Catalin Dima has been a frequent attendee and performer at international music festivals such as International Keyboard Institute and Festival (New York), Interharmony International Music Festival (Germany), and International Summer Academy Prague – Wien – Budapest (Austria). During his studies and masterclasses, he benefitted from the teachings of many distinguished artists such as John O’Conor, Irina Morozova, Richard Goode, Ann Schein, Victor Rosenbaum, Jeno Jando, Noel Flores, Gabriel Amiras, Dana Borsan, and Orion Quartet members.

He completed his Doctorate of Music Degree from Shenandoah University studying with the esteemed Irish pianist, John O’Conor. He holds a Master’s degree from Mannes School of Music, in New York, where he studied with pianist Irina Morozova, and a Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the National University of Music Bucharest, where he studied with pianist Dana Borsan.

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Diane Walsh, piano

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Fine Arts Recital Hall
7:30 PM

Since making her New York recital debut on the Young Concert Artists Series, the American pianist Diane Walsh has toured the globe, with performances in forty-six of the fifty states and in twenty-one other countries.

Highlights include recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufmann Auditorium and Miller Theatre in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonia Great Hall in St. Petersburg, and the Rudolfinum Dvorák Hall in Prague. Recent reviews have praised her “soulful outpouring,” “intelligent virtuosity” and “exquisite care and loving touch.”

Ms. Walsh has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco, Indianapolis, Portland, Austin, Springfield, Rochester, New Bedford, Delaware, Syracuse and American symphonies. She has toured the United States with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, appeared at Carnegie Hall and toured Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and soloed with orchestras in Germany, Brazil, Russia, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include David Zinman, Seiji Ozawa, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Leon Botstein, Stephen Gunzenhauser, Eliahu Inbal, John Giordano, Kevin Rhodes, John Nelson, and Peter Bay.

In 2009 she was the onstage pianist in the Broadway production of Moisés Kaufman’s play 33 Variations, starring Jane Fonda, during which she gave 113 performances of Beethoven’s Variations on a Waltz of Diabelli. Ms. Walsh was the pianist in three other productions of the play, in Washington, La Jolla and Los Angeles.

Diane Walsh has been awarded many honors including the top prizes at the Munich ARD International Piano Competition, Salzburg International Mozart Competition, Concert Artists Guild International Competition and Young Concert Artists International Auditions. She was also a prizewinner at the Ferruccio Busoni, Van Cliburn and William Kapell competitions.

Summer chamber music festivals where she has performed include the Marlboro Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Bard Music Festival, Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival and the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival. She also was artistic director of the Skaneateles Festival for five years. She is a member of the quintet La Fenice and of the Walsh-Drucker-Cooper Trio.

Ms. Walsh has released eighteen recordings of diverse repertoire on the Bridge, Newport, Sony, Nonesuch, Koch, Stereophile, CRI, Jonathan Digital and Naxos labels. Her latest recording, Bach Suites, includes a French Suite, English Suite and Partita by J. S. Bach. She holds degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Irwin Freundlich, and from the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Richard Goode. She is a Steinway Artist. She was an associate professor at Mannes College of Music in New York for 32 years, and in 2015 she was a visiting artist at Colby College. She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband, the writer Richard Pollak.

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Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

with Southeastern Chorale

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Fine Arts Recital Hall
7:30 PM

This event is sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council.

With profoundly moving performances expressing heart-felt intimacy to dazzling bravado, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has captivated audiences throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. From Bach to Piazzolla to Prince, MGQ’s eclectic programs are propelled by virtuosity and synchronization that come from decades of classical training and ensemble experience. The foursome—Joseph Hagedorn, Maja Radovanlija, Ben Kunkel and Wade Oden—build an intimate and comfortable rapport with their audiences through their engaging stage presence and good humor. “More than a guitar quartet, more than superb musicians, and more than a great chamber group,” says composer/performer Daniel Bernard Roumain. “They are ambassadors of sound, style, and substance.”

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet’s highly varied repertoire includes their own acclaimed arrangements of music by Japanese jazz pianist Hiromi, Finnish folk musician Maria Kalaniemi, and classical composers Joaquin Rodrigo, Alberto Ginastera, and Modest Mussorgsky. Their numerous commissions include Ian Krouse’s StarWaves, an exhilarating fusion of rock and classical music based on a song by British pop/rock musician Nick Drake. MGQ’s diverse and innovative collaborations include their new program for guitar quartet with choir, programs with flamenco dancer Sachiko “La Chayí”, and a program with Chinese pipa master Gao Hong. MGQ has been heard on the nationally syndicated radio program Saint Paul Sunday, and on National Public Radio’s Performance Today and been featured on Twin Cities Public Television’s “Minnesota Original”. They have also garnered unanimous international critical acclaim from its five CDs on the Albany, GSP, and innova labels.

The cultural accessibility of the guitar makes it a natural for MGQ’s various educational and community engagement programs like its popular “Guitar Talk” for all ages. MGQ’s newest educational offering is its “Guitar Ensemble Crash Course”, a 90-minute class introducing participants to the “hands-on” experience of guitar ensemble playing, culminating in a live performance. All members of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet are collegiate faculty members and frequently conduct master classes and workshops at festivals and universities throughout the United States.

For more information, please visit, follow on Facebook and Twitter@MplsGuitarQt  and Instagram @mplsguitarquartet


44th Season 2017 – 18

All concerts are free to the public. Thank you to our sponsors and donors, without whom this series would not be possible. Special thanks goes to the National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Countil, Steger Piano Institute, and the Clark and Wanda Bass Foundation.  Consider being a part of the Musical Arts Series by becoming a donor! Contact Dr. Jeremy Blackwood at or 580-745-2096 for more information or visit

Catherine Martin, mezzo-soprano

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Fine Arts Recital Hall
7:30 PM


Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Fine Arts Recital Hall
7:30 PM

Solungga Liu, piano

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Fine Arts Recital Hall
7:30 PM


Full Stage Performance
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Montgomery Auditorium
7:30 PM

Acoustic Ensemble Performance
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Visual & Performing Arts Center
6:30 PM

43rd Season 2016 – 17

All concerts are free to the public. Thank you to our sponsors and donors, without whom this series would not be possible. Special thanks goes to the National Endowment for the Arts, Oklahoma Arts Countil, Steger Piano Institute, and the Clark and Wanda Bass Foundation.  Consider being a part of the Musical Arts Series by becoming a donor!
Contact Dr. Jeremy Blackwood at or 580-745-2096 for more information
or visit

JSY 8-2013

Jonathan Yarrington, tenor

Franz Schubert’s Winterreise

Thursday, September 15, 2016
7:30 PM
Fine Arts Recital Hall

Ensemble Schumann
Ensemble Schumann

Tom Gallant, oboe
Steve Larson, viola
Sally Pinkas, piano

Thursday, October 27, 2016
7:30 PM

Fine Arts Recital Hall

eric smith

Eric Smith, cello
Performance One of the complete J.S. Bach Cello Suites

Thursday, November 3, 2016
7:30 PM

Fine Arts Recital Hall

Melton Photo 2007 ed

Ruth Steger Piano Institute & Clark and Wanda Bass Foundation

Laura Melton, piano

Thursday, November 10, 2016
7:30 PM

Fine Arts Recital Hall

Haven Trio1

Haven Trio

Lindsay Kesselman, sopranoaKimberly Cole Luevano, clarineta
Midori Kaga, piano

Thursday, November 15, 2016
7:30 PM

Fine Arts Recital Hall

Rick Smiling in Color

Ruth Steger Piano Institute & Clark and Wanda Bass Foundation

Rick Rowley, piano

Thursday, February 16, 2017
7:30 PM

Fine Arts Recital Hall



Kathryn Lockwood, viola
Yousif Sheronick, percussion

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
7:30 PM

Fine Arts Recital Hall

N'Awlins Gumbo Kings

Jazz Festival 2017

N’Awlins Gumbo Kings

Saturday, April 22, 2017
6:00 PM

Sports City Cafe (5067 S. 9th Street, Durant)

Season 2014 – 15

All performances are at 7:30 in the Fine Arts Recital Hall unless otherwise stated.

November 14th, 2014
duosolo-200x300Ruth Steger International Artist Series Event – DuoSolo was founded in 2006 by flutist Mary Fukushima and pianist Michael Kirkendoll with the mission to explore the most complex and challenging work for flute/piano duo in the contemporary repertoire. As virtuoso solo performers, DuoSolo seeks to demonstrate the diversity and range of contemporary compositional idioms by performing music that steps away from the traditional soloist/accompanist model and puts both instruments on equal footing. In addition to the complex duo repertoire that frames each program, a DuoSolo concert always features contemporary solo repertoire for each instrument as well. This programming style allows DuoSolo to present an immense variety of repertoire, creating recitals that open audiences to all avenues in contemporary music performance and composition.

Percussion Group Cincinnati
October 30th, 2014
pgc-300x220PERCUSSION GROUP CINCINNATI was founded in 1979 and consists of members Allen Otte, James Culley, and Russell Burge, all of whom are faculty members and ensemble-in-residence at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. Their daily rehearsal schedule is supplemented with the teaching and coaching of young musicians, many of whom have gone on to professional careers in creative music, in teaching, and with major symphony orchestras. Over the past 25 years, many young composers from the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia have created a large body of new and often experimental music for the unique talents of Percussion Group Cincinnati.

Todd Green Multi-Instrumentalist
October 14th, 2014

toddgreen-240x300Green has been writing and performing his own music professionally since the age of fifteen. He studied composition, arrangement and performance at Berklee College of Music and privately with Guitar Greats George Benson, Pat Metheny, Christopher Parkening and Mick Goodrick. He has also studied ethnic instruments, including the Indian Bansuri Flute with masters Sachdev and Steve Gorn, and many other instruments with players from around the world who now reside in New York City and San Francisco. Most of Todd’s 30 years as a professional musician were spent on the East Coast, especially New York City, where he performed with the top echelon of studio musicians and toured extensively with bands throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

Rosario Andino Piano
September 30th, 2014

Rosario Andino
Rosario Andino

Steger International Artist Series Event – A pianist in the grand manner who carries on the tradition of Anton and Nicholas Rubinstein, Emil Sauer, Ferruccio Busoni, Ignace Friedman, Leopold Godowsky and Alexander Michailowsky (all of whom taught her distinguished teachers, Vera Maurina Press and Jascha Fischerman), Rosario Andino was born in Santa Clara, Cuba, where she began her musical studies at age four. She graduated with highest honors from the Fischermann Conservatory in Havana and later – after having received a full scholarship there – from the Chatham Square Music School in New York City. She is an alumna –summa cum laude- of the St. George’s School (Havana) and of Hunter College (New York City).

Season 2013 – 14

All performances are at 7:30 in the Fine Arts Recital Hall
unless otherwise stated.

Jay-B Zydeco Posse
September 19, 2013

2013 Symposium GroupJay-B and the Zydeco Posse plays authentic music originating from the Creole and African American communities in Southwest Louisiana. Their music blends Creole, hip-hop, soul, and reggae with a blues influence. The accordion is the dominating instrument, accompanied by a rub-board. The Zydeco Posse instruments include these plus guitars, bass, and drums. The ensemble performs concerts in many venues across the North Texas and Southeast Oklahoma region.  The September 19th concert will be located on the lawn of Morrison Hall.

October 8, 2013

HeinavankerHeinavanker, a vocal ensemble from Estonia, presents music in ancient sacred traditions. Their repertoire includes Estonian folk hymns, ancient runic songs, and early sacred music. They have performed worldwide since 1997, to universal acclaim.

American Brass Quintet
October 24, 2013

ABQThe American Brass Quintet, in its 51st season, is internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber ensembles in the brass world. They perform music of a variety of genres and musical eras from the 1500s to the present world-wide, record extensively, have premiered over one hundred contemporary brass works, and have worked with countless young musicians to advance the performance of brass music. The ABQ is the residence Brass Quintet at The Julliard School and the Aspen Music Festival.

The Kithara Duo
November 21, 2013

The Kithara DuKithara Duoo has performed across the United States and in Europe and South America. Based in Fort Worth, the Duo organizes workshops and other learning opportunities for many musicians. They have taught young musicians for over fifteen years, focusing on technique and musicianship. The Kithara Duo has expanded the guitar repertoire through arranging and through original compositions for solo guitar and guitar duo.

Rocco Parisi and Maurizio Barboro
January 28, 2014

Steger/Bass Foundation Event

Rocco RoccoParisi was born in San Pietro a Maida, Italy. He earned a degree in Bass Clarinet at the Rotterdam Conservatorium, a master’s degree in clarinet at the Conservatorio “F. Ghedini” of Cuneo, and a Diploma of Honor at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. He is currently professor of clarinet and bass clarinet at the conservatory “Antonio Vivaldi” in Alessandria.


Maurizio Barboro completed his artistic education at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He is on the faculty of the Paganini Conservatory in Genoa, is artist in residence and soloist of the Dumitrescu Philharmonic Orchestra of Valcea, Romania, and teaches at the International Summer Courses in Bergolo.

February 25, 2014

torqTorQ, a Canadian percussion quartet, has performed to critical acclaim across Canada and in many collaborative events. These artists are invested in music education and are committed to making music accessible to a wide variety of audiences. TorQ presents over 70 school performances a year and have premiered numerous works for percussion quartet.

Dimitris Saroglou, Piano
April 8, 2014

Steger/Bass Foundation Event
Dimitris SaroglouDimitris Saroglou, pianist and composer, is from Athens, Greece. He graduated with honors in piano and chamber music from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris and currently teaches piano at the Conservatoire G. Bizet in Paris and at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium.

Fifth House Ensemble
April 23-25, 2014

Fifth House Ensemble

The Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble is a versatile and dynamic chamber music who engages audiences through their connective programming and unexpected performance venues. 5HE develops young audiences through curriculum-integrated interactive concerts and residencies for students grades K-12. The Fifth House Ensemble is Ensemble in Residence at Carthage College and members of Fifth House Ensemble are active as orchestral musicians.

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