(Norman, Okla.) June 1, 2011 — “This spectacular showcase concert concludes a day-long reunion of alumni and friends of the Institute and takes place one day prior to the regional convention of the American Guild of Organists in Oklahoma City,” says John Schwandt, director of the American Organ Institute at the OU School of Music.


The University of Oklahoma School of Music presents the American Organ Institute Showcase Concert on the magnificent Möller Opus 5819 municipal organ at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 11 in Sharp Concert Hall. Michael Barone, host of the nationally-syndicated “Pipedreams” program from Minnesota Public Radio, will be the emcee for the Showcase Concert and also will feature guest organist R. Jelani Eddington, John Schwandt and additional guests.


Schwandt says the program will include a silent newsreel along with the short silent film “Teddy at the Throttle,” starring Gloria Swanson, accompanied by Schwandt on the pipe organ, much as audiences would have heard it in 1917 and “Allegro molto moderatofrom Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A-minor” and repertoire from both theatre and classical genres.


The Showcase Concert will be held inside OU’s Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd, in your OU Arts District! Tickets for the Showcase Concert are $12 for adults and $8 for all students, OU faculty/staff and senior adults. For tickets and up-to-date information call the Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101.


For additional information on the reunion and gala showcase,please visit the AOI website at http://aoi.ou.edu/reunion.


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.



Holly Jones
Public Relations Coordinator
Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts
University of Oklahoma
(405) 325-6673