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David Maslanka Workshops

Tuesday March 11

The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music will feature internationally recognized composer David Maslanka as its guest artist in a series of workshops and performances March 10-13.           

Having written more than 40 original compositions for wind ensembles and bands, Maslanka is a fixture in the “International Who’s Who in Music” and the “Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians.”           

Maslanka has served as a guest composer at more than 100 universities, conferences and music festivals and his music has been performed around the world.           

“Everything Maslanka composes communicates unbridled emotion,” said Brian Lamb, D.M.A., Central professor of music.           

“I think of him as operating on a musical plain rarely achieved by most musicians.”           

Maslanka will begin his visit at Central with a series of free and open-to-the-public workshops and forums including: a piano master class from 2-3 p.m. March 10 in the Radke Theatre in the Center for Transformative Learning; a marimba master class from 3:45-4:45 p.m. March 10 in the Music Building, Room 135; a conducting master class from 9-9:50 p.m. March 11 in the Music Building, Room 104; a forum on compositions and instrumentation from 10-10:50 a.m. March 11 in the Music Building, Room 105; and a piano master class from 2-3 p.m. March 12 in the Music Building, Room 135.           

“Anyone who attends these workshops will be creatively stretched more than they have ever been before to discover purpose and meaning in these art forms,” said Lamb.           

A variety of UCO music faculty and students will collaborate in a series of performances featuring Maslanka’s original compositions, including a chamber recital from 2-3 p.m. March 11 at the Radke Theatre in the Center for Transformative Learning, a piano recital from 3:40-4:30 p.m. March 11 at the Piano Lab in the Music Building and a UCO Symphonic Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. March 12 at UCO’s Mitchell Hall Theater.           

Maslanka’s visit will conclude with a UCO Wind Symphony Concert featuring a premiere of Maslanka’s newly composed work “Remember Me” at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at UCO’s Mitchell Hall Theater.           

Bob McGill, Ph.D., professor of theatre at UCO, will read a passage during the concert from the book that inspired this composition, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” and Barbara Weidell, M.F.A., associate professor of art at UCO, will feature her original artwork inspired by Maslanka’s “Remember Me” in the Mitchell Hall Theater lobby.           

“’Remember Me’ is a musical message for overcoming the most traumatic events, for hope and healing and the belief that good will always survive in the end,” said Tess Remy-Schumacher, D.M.A., Central professor of cello and soloist for this premiere.               

Admission to the recitals on March 11 is free. Tickets for the concerts on March 12 and 13 are $8 for adults, $6 for faculty and staff with a valid I.D. and free for Central students with a valid I.D.  Purchase tickets by calling the Mitchell Hall Box Office at405-974-3375 or visiting            

Where: University of Central Oklahoma
Phone: 974-2000
Address: 100 N. University
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