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BURNS HARGIS: OSU to unveil plans for new PAC

Posted: Sunday, October 26, 2014 2:00 pm

We are inviting the community to be part of a special program that will launch an exciting new chapter for the performing arts at OSU, and in the Stillwater community and the entire region.

On Oct. 30, Oklahoma State University will host a Night of Orange and Black to announce plans for its new Performing Arts Center and home for the Department of Music. The one-hour program will feature performances by OSU music and theater students, faculty and a very special guest, international opera diva and OSU graduate, Sarah Coburn.  

The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. The event is FREE, but seating is limited. To reserve a complimentary ticket, go to www.OSUgiving.com/nightoforangeandblack or call the OSU Foundation at 405-385-5629.

The new building with its cutting-edge technology and multiple performance capabilities will transform the arts at OSU in the same way Boone Pickens Stadium forever changed our football program.

The building will give the Department of Music’s accomplished staff many more resources for teaching our talented students and recruiting prospective students.

In addition to great music and entertainment, we have exciting news to announce regarding the funding of the Performing Arts Center and we will be unveiling design concepts for the stunning new building.

We are pleased to have acclaimed maestro and OSU graduate Barry Epperley helping us create what promises to be one of the most advanced and finest performance halls in the country. After stints at Disney and the White House, Epperley founded the Tulsa Little Symphony Orchestra, which was instrumental in advancing music education to all ages. He has a broad background as an arranger/producer, serving as conductor of the U.S. Army Chamber Orchestra during three presidential administrations.

The OSU music and theater departments have outgrown our current space and we need the new facility to complement the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. Even with inadequate facilities, our students are already doing great things.

OSU sent two ensembles to the semifinals of the National Trumpet Competition and our Orange ensemble won the national title.

OSU’s Seretean Trombone Quartet won the 2014 Courtois Trombone Quartet Competition. Two of the three quartets in the finals were from OSU. It was the third time in the last four years that OSU has won the competition.

OSU won the 2014 International Percussion Ensemble Competition and our team is one of only three university ensembles invited to present a concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis next month.

The OSU Ultimate Horn Quartet was co-winner of the 2014 Mid-South Horn Workshop Quartet Competition.

Individually, flutist Brooke Harris was named the winner of the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition and Cellist Bree Ahern won the regional string competition for the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition.

First Cowgirl, Ann, and I hope you can join us as we celebrate great music and plans for a transformational new Performing Arts Center.

Burns Hargis has been president of Oklahoma State University since March, 2008.

Link to the article: http://www.stwnewspress.com/opinion/columns/burns-hargis-osu-to-unveil-plans-for-new-pac/article_980d6814-5cbe-11e4-85eb-eb449cd5a9e9.html