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Barry & Buddies Takes 35 Year Musical History Journey
Barry & Buddies is an evening of music and celebration to honor Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College Conductor and Artistic Director Dr. Barry Epperley. The performance is part of Epperley’s final season and this event promises a trip down memory lane.
The historic Cain’s Ballroom will play host for the evening of live music and dancing. Barry & Buddies is 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21 and will feature the Signature Symphony Big Band plus Strings, Signature Chorale and Sheridan Road Ensemble with guest artists Shelby Eicher, Donald Ryan, Booker Gillespie, Jeff Smith, Lisa Stefanic, Kim Koch, Stephen Goforth and Maureen O’Boyle.
The evening promises to be a musical journey through 35 years representing the work of Barry Epperley as he created what would become the Signature Symphony at TCC. Epperley is responsible for contributing and fostering the performing arts and arts education in northeast Oklahoma for three decades.
In addition to paying tribute to his contributions to the arts and education, proceeds will help support his passion of quality arts entertainment and education through The Higher Scale Program, which allows professional Signature Symphony at TCC musicians to teach viola, violin and cello lessons twice a week to third, fourth and fifth grade students at 12 Tulsa Public Schools. Higher Scale and other music education outreach programs directly impact thousands of public school students who receive free music instruction from Signature Symphony musicians.
Special Guest Artists:
Shelby Eicher was a member of Roy Clark's band for 15 years and recorded five albums with Roy and appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show and Hee Haw. Currently he performs 20 times per month and teaches fiddle, mandolin and guitar to 30 students. He grew up in Northern Ohio playing square dances with his mom, dad and grandmother. The band consisted of his grandmother and the Fulton County Sand Shifters. He plays the fiddle, viola, chin-cello, mandolin, mandola, mando-cello, alto guitar and guitar. Eicher has played on numerous CD’s with J.J. Cale, The Tractors, Roy D. Mercer, Mark Bruner, Hank Thompson. His talent can also be heard on soundtracks for Sponge Bob Squarepants and Sony Playstation Game - "Dukes of Hazard". His accomplishments include the National Fiddler's Hall of Fame - Education Director; Tulsa Symphony Orchestra - Education Committee; Harwelden Repertory Artist - 2006, 2007, 2008; Harwelden Artist in the School.
Booker Gillespie began his singing career at Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa, OK. He then went on to sing with the Oklahoma State University Concert Chorale led by Dr. Jerry McCoy and the OSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble headed by director Tom Watson. His musical/acting career began in 1987 with the musical “Hair”, and continued with shows such as “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”, “The King and I”, “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” with Sam Harris and Brian Lane Green. Singing six seasons with the Tulsa Opera Chorus, he performed in such productions as “Aida”, “The Magic Flute” and Turandot”. Winner of Tulsa Idol in 2003, Booker has also performed at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame as a featured performer and in other numerous productions. In 2007, he performed in Poland at the Krakow Opera House with Signature Symphony conductor Dr. Barry Epperley and Larry Dalton.
Dr. Stephen Goforth currently serves as principal trumpet with the Signature Symphony at TCC, principal trumpet and contractor with the Bartlesville Symphony, principal trumpet with the Starlight Band, as a member of the Signature Brass, the Covenant Brass Quintet, and as a member of Go For Baroque. He records regularly for PraiseCharts.com, and his own group, the Goforth Brass, continues to perform frequently. He has been featured often as an OKMozart solo artist and has performed with the Amici Orchestra from New York for many years. Dr. Goforth continues to be sought after to perform, clinic, and teach in and around Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and the surrounding states for a variety of venues and events. He also teaches a full studio of private trumpet, horn, and trombone students.
Kim Koch graduated from Memorial High School in Tulsa where she was an enthusiastic Dan Call acolyte. Kim studied voice for one year at Oklahoma City University, with the renowned Florence Birdwell before transferring and graduating from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelors of Music degree, Vocal performance, major and piano, minor. While studying at TU Kim sang multiple major roles in the TU opera, musical theatre and choral programs and participated in the Tulsa Opera Young Artist program, understudying such roles as Flora in Nick Muni's notable modern adaptation of La Traviata, The Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflote and Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly. Kim was accepted into the Masters program at Mahattan School of Music where she studied for three years with Maitland Peters. While living and going to school in NYC, Kim worked in the marketing department at the Metropolitan Opera queuing up in the cafeteria behind such artists as Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Franco Zeffirelli. Kim moved back to Tulsa where she taught Elementary Music in Tulsa Public Schools and maintained a private voice studio. Kim has performed extensively in such local theater companies as Theater Tulsa, Oklahoma Sinfonia and Discoveryland!, where, for three seasons, she also served as musical director. Kim happily rejoins the family business as Director of Saied Music School having paid her dues dusting pianos, posting mail, alphabetizing choral music, answering the phone, ringing up customers, renting instruments and providing her unsolicited opinion on all business matters since the age of thirteen.
Maureen O'Boyle began her musical studies with her mother and is a member of a large family of professional musicians. O’Boyle performs as Concertmaster of the Signature Symphony at TCC. A native of the Midwest, O’Boyle holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of New Mexico, where she studied with Leonard Felberg, and a Master of Music degree from Yale University. She also studied the Suzuki Method in Japan with Shinichi Suzuki. From 1993 to 2001 Ms. O’Boyle performed as Associate Concertmaster of the Tulsa Philharmonic. She has performed as a recitalist and with orchestras throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Japan, and South America. She has also held positions with the Omaha Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, New Haven Symphony, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. Before coming to Tulsa, Ms. O’Boyle was the Instructor of Violin at Missouri Southern State College in Joplin.
Marla Patterson has been an ensemble performer and soloist with the Signature Symphony at TCC for 33 years, starting in 1980 with its first incarnation as the Tulsa Little Symphony Orchestra & Chorale. Her ensemble performances range from classical and pops choral work to vocal jazz ensembles. She has appeared as featured artist in numerous Signature Symphony at TCC Christmas Concerts as well as concert tributes to Rodgers & Hammerstein; Rodgers & Hart; Lerner & Loewe; George & Ira Gershwin; Cole Porter; Stephen Sondheim; MGM Musicals; and the original 100 Years of Oklahoma Music in 2006.
Donald Ryan is a stunning and dynamic pianist who has thrilled audiences across the U.S including performances at Carnegie Hall and in major performance halls throughout Europe. A native of Trinidad & Tobago, Ryan came to the United States to study music, earning degrees from Oral Roberts University and the University of Tulsa. He is well known as a master of diverse styles—evidenced by a diploma from the 9th International Chopin Competition as well as his induction into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. He has also appeared on television and recorded both in the US and in Europe. In addition to his solo concert work Donald Ryan enjoys an active career as a recording artist, composer/arranger and collaborator. His recording (on the Deutsche Schallplatten Berlin label) and subsequent performances with world-renowned bass-baritone, Simon Estes, have been triumphantly successful with critics and audiences alike. He is also widely regarded as a premier special event pianist and has performed for heads of state and other dignitaries.
Jeffrey A. Smith holds four degrees in music: a Master of Music (Viola) from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music Education from the University of Tulsa, a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Tulsa (with honor), and a Bachelor of Music (Viola, with distinction) from the University of Kansas. Mr. Smith is one of only a few Digidesign Certified HD -7 Pro Tools Operators (Audio Engineering) in the state of Oklahoma, and is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (N.A.R.A.S.). He has taught all instruments (strings, winds, and percussion) at all grade levels since 1979, served as contest judge, clinician, and as the 1992 All-O.M.E.A. (All-State) Orchestra Chairman. Mr. Smith is a founding member of the Tulsa Little Symphony) is currently the Principal Violist of the Signature Symphony Orchestra (Tulsa), the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra, and is the Violist in the Signature String Quartet. He was a member of the Tulsa Philharmonic and Wichita Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Smith is the Past President of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association, and in the summer of 1996, served as the Principal Violist of the Twenty-Fifth International String Orchestra in Graz, Austria. He has taught the Tulsa Community College Tulsafest middle school strings since inception, is an adjunct faculty member for both Tulsa Community College and Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and is President of SongSmith Records, a digital recording facility and record company. (The Education Division of SongSmith Records accepts a few Audio Engineering students each semester through Recording Connection, a California company affiliated with Career Connection.) Jeff played “fiddle,” guitar, keyboards, and ran the monitor mix and the light show for Dale Christenson and Prairie Fire for ten years. He also played with the Ray Marshall Band. He has performed with several national touring productions including Camelot, Peter Pan, and Sunset Boulevard. In the fall of 2002, Tulsa Public Schools honored Mr. Smith with an award for excellence. In 2003, the Oklahoma Chapter of the American String Teacher’s Association named him “Teacher of the Year.” In 2007, after twenty- seven years of service, Mr. Smith retired from public school life to concentrate on development of young artists through SongSmith Records. Mr. Smith has taught at the Barthelmes Conservatory of Music since the fall of 2010, and taught at Tulsa Community College.
Lisa Robertson Stefanic is a native Tulsan who, after graduating from the University of Tulsa and getting married, decided to stay in Tulsa to make a difference in the arts. She served on the Theatre Tulsa Board for over 5 years, and over the past 30 years she has been in more than 45 productions on stage with different theatre companies, including a fundraiser for University of Tulsa Theatre Department, where she worked with Linda Lavin and Mary Kay Place, among other professionals. Lisa has acted/directed for Tulsa Community College, as well as most of the community theatres in Tulsa. Lisa has also appeared in several independent films, the most popular being “UHF” with Weird Al Yankovic, where she played the “Wheel of Fish” lady. In addition, Lisa has done many voiceovers for radio and TV, made medical teaching videos, and acted in a ground-breaking medical workshop, portraying multi-character performances, in Las Vegas. Lisa sang with American Theatre Company’s “Eddie and the Eclectics” for several years and was also involved in Harwelden’s “Artists in Residence” performing and conducting workshops in the Tulsa and surrounding schools for 6 years. Lisa is currently the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Dean at TCC Southeast Campus Performing Arts Center for Education, and has taught part time for theatre classes for 20 years.
For more information or tickets for Barry & Buddies, call 918-595-777.