The Edmond Sun

November 12, 2012

OC concerts feature famous organist


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Oklahoma Christian University’s Department of Music will feature world-renowned jazz organist Tony Monaco in a pair of free events.

A jazz recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Adams Recital Hall will feature Monaco, guitarist Mitch Bell, drummer Willie Peterson and saxophonist Heath Jones.

Jones, a professor of music at Oklahoma Christian, has played saxophone with the Temptations, the Four Tops, Frankie Avalon, Jim Neighbors, Leslie Gore, and the OKC Philharmonic.

The jazz quartet will perform works by Monaco, Pat Martino and Duke Pearson, as well as a commissioned piece by Steve Million.

Monaco also will appear with OC’s Jazz Ensemble at the Fall Instrumental Concert on Thursday. The  concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

The Jazz Ensemble set will feature works by Louis Bellson, Duke Ellington, Les Hooper, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, including include Mike Tomaro’s setting of the Beatles’ “Blackbird.”

OC’s Symphonic Band will perform  Holst’s Second Suite in F, Nelhybel’s Trittico, and Ticheli’s setting of Amazing Grace.

The Chamber Orchestra will play J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, and Gustav Holtz’s Chaconne.

For more information about both free events and the OC Department of Music, call 425-5530.