(Norman, Okla) October 27, 2010— The University of Oklahoma School of Music presents the Sutton Concert Series with collaboration from the Schools of Dance and Music with a performance of “Bartók Sonata and Carmina Burana” at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Nov. 20, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21, inSharp Concert Hall. The performance encompasses musicians, dancers, choirs with instrumental accompaniment and special arrangement for two pianos, seven percussionists, four French horns, three trumpets, two bassoons and three flutes.


Pianists Stephanie Leon Shames and Jonathan Shames, percussionists Ricardo and Chrissie Souza and choreography by Jeremy Lindberg, perform the “Bartók Sonata.” Béla Bartók, a Hungarian artist and pianist, is considered one of the most important composers of the twentiethcentury. Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he is also admired as one of the founders of ethnomusicology. His “Piano Sonata For Two Pianos and Percussion,” in three movements, was created in 1937 and first performed in 1938.  


Several OU Choirs and the Oklahoma Festival Ballet perform Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” Vocal soloists are Bradley Williams, tenor, Les Flanagan, baritone and Michelle Price, soprano, with choreography by Steve Brule and Mary Margaret Holt and also features the OU Percussion Orchestra. “Carmina Burana,” composed in 1935 and 1936, is perhaps Orff’s best-known piece of music.  The cantata’s dramatic themes and pulsing rhythms have made the work an audience favorite as presented by ballet and opera companies around the world.


All Sutton Series performances are in OU’s Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd, in your OU Arts District!  Tickets for Norton 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.




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