(Norman, Okla) February 28, 2011— The University of Oklahoma School of Music presents the Sutton Concert Series with the OU Jazz Bands featuring jazz and gospel singer, Collette Coleman, at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in Sharp Concert Hall.


“We will perform a variety of Jazz styles. The concert also includes our two large groups and our chamber groups,” says Jay Wilkinson, director of OU Jazz Bands. “The Jazz Ensemble will premiere a new work I composed, titled ‘Minguesque,’ based on musical ideas from the musicians in the band.”


Immediately following the concert is a reception for the Friends of Music, a newly charted group to support the faculty and students at the University of Oklahoma School of Music. The reception is in Gothic Hall in Catlett Music Center. For more information, please contact Mary Carol Gilbert at (405) 329-9272 or mcgilbert@sbcglobal.net.


The University of Oklahoma jazz program is comprised of two large ensembles. The Literature Band, which performs two concerts per year, focuses on the performance of some of the finest jazz music written. It is designed for musicians learning the jazz style or for intermediate and advanced jazz musicians who wish to improve their abilities by playing jazz chart classics. The Experimental Band provides jazz musicians the opportunity to develop their stylistic and improvisational skills.


Musicians are encouraged to create their own parts, stimulating the learning process of jazz theory, of jazz arranging and of the art of listening. The Experimental Band performs many successful concerts throughout the year. The jazz program also has numerous small ensembles, which are student led and perform regularly on campus and around the community. Appearances at regional jazz festivals have resulted in numerous citations for excellence. Jay Wilkinson directs the jazz ensembles.


All Sutton Series performances are in OU’s Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd, in your OU Arts District!  Tickets for Sutton Series events are $8 for adults and $5 for students, faculty, staff and senior adults. For tickets and up-to-date information call the Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101.


Many concerts are scheduled for live stream via Internet, to see a schedule visit http://music.ou.edu/calendar. Please visit http://music.ou.edu/ for a full calendar of events and performances at the School of Music. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please call the Box Office at (405) 325-4101.





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Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts
University of Oklahoma
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