Metropolitan Orchestra presents Spring Concert

The Southern Nazarene University Metropolitan Orchestra presents their annual spring concert, 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 11 at Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene, 4400 Northwest Expressway, just east of Meridian on NW Expressway.

This year’s performance features a program of American composers with selections by Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin, Barber, and Hovhaness.

“We have an exciting program this year, with pieces popularized by commercials and movies, another which uses recorded whale sounds, and one with tunes so familiar, you’ll want to sing along! Each piece on the program celebrates a different American composer and their unique contribution to the musical fabric of our country,” said Dr. Melissa Lewis, SNU professor of music.

The SNU Metropolitan Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Melissa Lewis, consists of more than 60 SNU students, alumni, professional, and community musicians from around the OKC Metro.

Beginning in 1997 as a community orchestra under the direction of Dr. Roger Strong, the Metropolitan Orchestra evolved to include SNU students as Dr. Strong desired to keep close ties with SNU. Upon Dr. Strong’s retirement in 2000, Dr. Melissa Lewis became the director of the orchestra that now includes mostly SNU students with community and professional musicians who donate their time and talents for the eight-week season of practice and yearly performance.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. SNU students are free with student ID. For more information about the SNU Metropolitan Orchestra, contact the SNU School of Music at 405.491.6345.