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Steve Owen (composer, conductor, saxophonist) is a Philip H. Knight Professor of Music and director of the University of Oregon’s award-winning Jazz Studies Program. A respected educator, Owen has presented clinics at MENC conventions across the nation and has directed All-State jazz ensembles in Colorado, Connecticut, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, California, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico, and Minnesota as well as Oregon. Steve is also a founder and co-director of the Oregon Jazz Festival, an annual workshop for college, junior high, and high school jazz ensembles, the University of Oregon Summer Jazz Improvisation Camp, and is on the faculty of the University of Kansas’ jazz camp.
As Director of Jazz Studies, Owen teaches courses in jazz composition/arranging, improvisation, repertoire study, and pedagogy. He also directs the Oregon Jazz Ensemble (the first of three large jazz ensembles at Oregon) and one of the school’s ten jazz combos. Recognized for their excellence in interpretation and performance of the wide variety of styles associated with jazz, U.O. ensembles have performed at every major jazz festival and educational convention in the Pacific Northwest. Under Owen’s direction, the Oregon Jazz Ensemble has been selected the “Outstanding College Big Band” at the Reno Jazz Festival each year that the group has attended over the past 13 years. The group performed at the 2005 International Association of Jazz Educator’s Convention in Long Beach, California and was a 2008 Downbeat Award Winner in the College Big Band category. In 1991 Owen was one of two winners of the Ersted Award, the University of Oregon’s top faculty award for distinguished teaching and in 2007 was likewise honored with the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Sunday, April 6, 2014 3 pm.
The UALR Community Chorus presents an innovative interpretation of Carl Orff’s 20th-century masterpiece Carmina Burana, in collaboration with Arkansas Festival Ballet, the choir of Second Presbyterian Church of Little Rock, and choirs from five local high schools, including J.A. Fair, Little Rock Central, Maumelle, Mount St. Mary Academy, and Parkview.
This staged extravaganza features 200 singers, professional orchestral accompaniment, and choreography developed exclusively for the 2014 production by Arkansas Festival Ballet choreographer Rebecca Stalcup. Dr. Bevan Keating, associate professor of music at UALR, conducts the orchestra and combined choirs.
Touching on themes of love and loss, victory and despair, and suffering and ecstasy, Orff’s powerful music is a perennial favorite at symphony houses and stages around the world. The opening and closing movement, Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi, permeates popular culture as background music for numerous movies, advertisements, and video games.
Artistic director Bevan Keating and producer Bruce Rentz dramatize this music through the stories of three couples as they progress through the triumphs and defeats dealt to them by the goddess Fortune’s whims. Each couple is personified by two singers and two dancers who bring their own unique spin to Orff’s words and music.
Tues., April 29, 8 p.m.
Wed., April 30, 8 p.m.
Maumelle Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Maumelle High School
100 Victory Lane, Maumelle, AR 72113
Tickets: $20 general admission
Please check out our Concert Schedule page for the rest of the season’s concerts.