**For Immediate Release**
2006 OPSU Festival of the Arts
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 04/17/06
Goodwell, Okla.- The annual Oklahoma Panhandle State
University Festival of the Arts showcases the talent of
the students and faculty in the music and art departments.
In addition, local talent and guest artists from Oklahoma,
Texas and other areas join the OPSU community to celebrate
the fine arts in the Panhandle region. This year, the weeklong
event will be held April 22-28.
The OPSU Jazz Festival will kick
off the week on Saturday, April 22 at 4 p.m. in Hughes-Strong
Auditorium on the OPSU campus. Feature guest artist,
Julius Tolentino, a jazz alto saxophonist from New York,
will perform with Jason Berg, OPSU’s Director of Bands, and jazz musicians
from Amarillo, Texas. Tolentino’s record “Just
the Beginning” was recently released to rave reviews.
The OPSU Jazz Band will also perform, playing the music
of Thelonious Monk as well as vocal jazz with the OPSU
Chamber Singers. The evening will conclude with a jam session
where local high school students will join the performers
on stage. Admission is $5 for adults and free for those
under 18 and students with a valid college ID.
On Monday, April 24, at 8 p.m., Festival
of the Arts will celebrate Mozart’s 250th birthday with a showing
of the film “Amadeus” in Hughes-Strong Auditorium.
This event is free and open to the public.
The OPSU Concert Choir, Chamber Singers
and Concert Band will perform a combined concert on Tuesday,
April 25 at 7 p.m. in Hughes-Strong Auditorium. Featured
soloist and clarinet virtuoso Sgt. Danielle Turner of
the 77th Army Band out of Ft. Sill, will play “Solo de Concours” by
Messager with the Concert Band. Turner is an Oklahoma State
University graduate and played with the Tulsa Philharmonic.
The concert is free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, April 26, OPSU is hosting
art activities for kids from 3-5:30 p.m. in the Plaza
on the OPSU campus. Activities will include sidewalk
chalk and finger painting. Also, music faculty Tracey
Gregg-Boothby and Berg will perform in the Faculty Recital
at 7 p.m. in Hughes-Strong Auditorium, followed by a
Raku Firing Demonstration by art instructor Brent Shoulders.
All of Wednesday’s
events are free and open to the public.
The Wild Horse Gallery and Fine Arts Center, located at
421 N. Main Street in Guymon, will host an art show featuring
work of the art department faculty on Thursday, April 27.
The opening and reception will begin at 7 p.m. The show
will include paintings, photography, sculptures, and ceramics
by Bryon Test, David Elder, Larry Wiggins, Yvonne Sangster
and Brent Shoulders, and the Panhandle Brass will play
during the event.
Festival of the Arts will conclude
on Friday, April 28, with a Hispanic Fiesta featuring
and Mariachi OPSU. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. at Guymon
The Festival of the Arts events are made possible in part
by the generous support of the City of Goodwell, the Oklahoma
Arts Council, the Guymon Convention and Tourism Board and
the Super 8 Motel of Guymon.
For more information about any of the Festival
of the Arts events, call 580-349-1482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.