Press Release 2-18-2013

On Saturday, March 9, 2013, 7:30pm,Tulsa Oratorio Chorus celebrates its Twentieth Year with a concert of special music at the Lorton Performance Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa.  In collaboration with the University of Tulsa’s Department of Film Studies and the School of Music, TOC presents selections of favorite music from Stage and Screen.  During the concert, the production will show film excerpts chosen from memorable film scenes for which the performance music was composed and scored, demonstrating the emotional energy brought by these scenes.  Accompanied by members of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, the chorus will present music from Les Miserables, West Side Story, Henry V and Excalibur.  Also featured in the program will be the music of John Williams from Saving Private Ryan, the unique music of Ennio Morricone from The Mission and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Leonard Bernstein’s music from Candide.

TOC artistic director Dr. Tim Sharp will conduct.  Joining him on stage as guest conductors will be TOC’s two past artistic directors, Dr. Ed Byrom and Dr. Don Studebaker.  During its twenty-year history, TOC has had only three different artistic directors.  Dr. Byrom and Dr. Studebaker return to participate in this special event.  Dr. Byrom will conduct selections from West Side Story and Dr. Studebaker will conduct Leonard Bernstein’s Make Our Garden Grow from Candide.  Also participating in this collaboration are Dr. Joseph Rivers of TU’s film studies department and Dr. Kim Childs of TU’s music department.

Tickets to the concert are available at Admission is $20, and $5 for students.

Prior to the concert, the chorus will hold a special fundraising dinner benefitting the TOC’s TU internship program.  Initiated in 2010, this program matches talented TU university students with the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus.  Internship students are accepted by audition.  Commenting on this internship program, Artistic Director Tim Sharp said, “The students attend all TOC rehearsals and participate in all TOC concerts and receive a stipend for their efforts.  In this manner, TU interns are able to advance and refine their musical talents by rehearsing and performing the exceptional music selected for TOC’s program season, and by making contacts with local and regional music professionals.”

Contributing sponsors for this event are the Fellers Snider Law Firm and Tulsa People.


For questions please contact Marycarol Page