SNU Metropolitan Orchestra in Concert

The SNU Metropolitan Orchestra presents its annual spring concert, 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, at Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene, located at 4400 N.W. Expressway, just east of Meridian on N.W. Expressway.

Under the direction of Dr. Melissa Lewis, the concert will feature works by Mendelssohn, Grieg, Vaughan Williams, and Beethoven. The program highlights several familiar melodies including those in Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The pieces explore a wide range of moods such as joy, sadness, excitement and tranquility.

“I look forward to this performance each year, and this year is no exception,” said Lewis, SNU Assistant Professor of Music. “These works are challenging, but highly accessible to the audience, which makes the program enjoyable for everyone.”

The SNU Metropolitan Orchestra is comprised of more than 50 SNU students, alumni, professional, and community musicians from around the OKC Metro. Beginning as a community orchestra in 1997 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 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 students. SNU students are free with student ID. For more information, contact Rhonda Spear in the SNU School of Music at 405.491.6345, or by e-mail at rspear@snu.edu.