ADA — The Ada Arts Council presents a special holiday concert by the Cimarron Wind Quintet for the community’s holiday enjoyment.

The concert will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007, at Dorothy I. Summers Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID. They are on sale now at Gem Jewelers, 101 W. Main, Ada. Arts council members who have yet to pick up their tickets should do so as soon as possible or you might miss out on this wonderful concert.

The Cimarron Wind Quintet will play an assortment of classical pieces, as well as music of the season for the audience’s enjoyment.

The Cimarron Wind Quintet, comprised of five dedicated, professional musicians, has been actively performing throughout central Oklahoma since 1985.

These talented players bring to the stage many decades of combined experience, ranging from Hollywood recording studios and symphony halls to international competitions, and their expertise results in performances of the highest standard. Each concert is individually constructed from an extensive and diverse repertoire of music in a variety of tonal colors and styles, including classical, contemporary, Broadway and jazz, and featuring many well-known titles.

As historical context is given and the story behind each piece of music and its creation is told, audiences are taken on a musical journey through both the familiar and the new, leaving them both enlightened and entertained.

Members of this diverse group include:

Barre Griffith, an Oklahoma native, studied bassoon from 1953-1962 with the late Betty Johnson, former principal bassoonist with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra and Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. He attended Arizona State University from 1962-1967 and earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree. During that time, he played with the ASU Orchestra, Sun Devil Band, Opera Workshop Orchestra, and the ASU Student Woodwind Quintet. In addition, he performed with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra as second bassoonist.

He was a member of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. from 1967-1971 and attended The Catholic University of America from which he earned a Master of Music Education degree.

While living in the Dallas area from 1971-1979, he played for three years with the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra. Presently, he is president of the American Exchange Bank in Lindsay and performs as principal bassoonist with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra, the Cimarron Wind Quintet, and is the third bassoonist/contrabassoonist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tom Mangus recently retired after 31 years of teaching band in public school. He studied horn with Dr. Mel Lee at the University of Central Oklahoma. Tom earned a Bachelors and Masters in Music Education at UCO. He has played with artists Jana Jae, Michael Murphy, Henry Mancini, Van Cliburn, and the Broadway traveling show of Oklahoma.

He has performed in the Tulsa Sinfonia, now called the Signature Symphony, Springfield Symphony, the National Community Band for the National Band Directors Association convention in Chicago, Enid Symphony, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

He is on the faculty of the University of Central Oklahoma, serving as French horn instructor, brass instructor, and recently appointed the division head of Music Education.

Tom has served as adjudicator in Oklahoma for many invitational and Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association sponsored contests. He is active as a clinician and teaches horn in many schools in the area including Westmoore, Yukon, Mustang, and Edmond. Tom performs with the UCO faculty brass quintet and faculty woodwind quintet.

Juliana Overmier earned her Bachelor of Music degree in 1987 from DePauw University, where she was a two-time concerto competition winner. She received first prize in the 1989 James Pappoutsakis Memorial Flute Competition in Boston as well as first prize in the 1992 Concours Artistique Lucien Wurmser in Paris.

In 1996, she earned her Masters degree in flute performance from the University of Southern California, where she also won the Annual Concerto Competition. Ms. Overmier can be heard on several film soundtracks, including As Good As It Gets and Halloween H20.

She also performs chamber music across the state with the Cimarron Wind Quintet. She is currently on the faculty at East Central University in Ada, OK, where she teaches flute and directs the University Flute Ensemble.

Jennifer Rucker has been principal clarinetist with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra since 1982. She is a three-time finalist in auditions for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra for which she frequently performs as a substitute on clarinet and bass clarinet.

In addition, Jennifer has competed in the International Clarinet Association’s “Clarinetfest” Orchestral Excerpt Auditions, where in 2006 was chosen as a semifinalist in Atlanta and in 2007 won second place in Vancouver. Jennifer earned both her Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has been a school band director for 24 years and presently teaches in the Yukon Public Schools.

In addition to the Cimarron Wind Quintet, Jennifer is a member of the Lyric Theatre Orchestra, the Pollard Theatre Orchestra and the American Federation of Musicians Local 375-703. Jennifer also plays saxophone with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and local dance bands.

Gerald Warlick earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. There he studied oboe with Richard Killmer, currently professor of oboe at the Eastman School of Music. He taught instrumental music in Crescent and Oklahoma City Public Schools, was adjunct professor of oboe and bassoon at the University of Central Oklahoma and performed as a member of the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with symphony orchestras in Enid, Fort Smith and Lawton. Mr. Warlick retired as a music educator after fifteen years with Midwest City-Del City Schools. He is presently adjunct professor of oboe at Oklahoma Christian University and teaches oboe for several school districts. Mr. Warlick is the principal oboist with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra and performs regularly with the Cimarron Wind Quintet, Crosswinds Reed Trio and also as a freelance musician.

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