‘The Garden’ ballet premieres at OU to music by professor Michael Lee

News from the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts

NORMAN, Okla., USA–The University of Oklahoma Schools of Dance and Music will present, in collaboration,  the world premiere of The Garden, at 8 p.m. March 9 in Sharp Concert Hall of Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St., on the OU Norman campus. This special event is complimentary to the public.  

The presentation incorporates music composed by Michael Lee, professor of music at the OU School of Music, and choreography by Mary Margaret Holt, dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts and director of the School of Dance; Clara Cravey Stanley, associate director of the School of Dance and Ilya Kozadayev of the School of Dance faculty.

The presentation features School of Music faculty musicians and ballet performed by Oklahoma Festival BalletPamela Bjerknes serves as ballet mistress and rehearsal assistants are Barbara Marangon and Laura Pratt.

Unique Experiences for Honors Students in Music encompass Photography & Dance

This project began as part of Armand Ambrosini’s commissioning series designed to provide unique experiences for his Honors students in the Understanding Music course in OU School of Music. The concept for this particular work stemmed from Andrew Phelan‘s photography of his garden in different seasons.

The music offers three distinct moods inspired by autumn, winter and spring/summer. Each movement contains at least one quote from a past composer that was inspired by gardens. Autumn looks to imaginary American Henry Dabblesprite, winter to Erik Satie and spring to Maurice Ravel.

For accommodations, please call the School of Music at (405) 325-2081.

Banner photo provided:  Oklahoma Festival Ballet dancers rehearse for the world premiere of The Garden, March 9 at The University of Oklahoma in Norman.

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