Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road plan home-state performances today and Friday before American Music Abroad tour
Before heading out on a U.S. Department of State-sponsored world tour, University of Central Oklahoma Ambassador in Residence and renowned violinist Kyle Dillingham is planning two home-state performances: this afternoon in Edmond and at noon Friday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
Dillingham will give an exclusive High Tea Concert from 3 to 5 p.m. today at UCO at the International House, 912 Chowning Ave. in Edmond.
Modeled after the traditional Taiwanese High Tea ceremony, music fans are invited to come enjoy a cup of high mountain tea and light snacks from 3 to 4 p.m., then hear a world-class performance from 4 to 5 p.m.
Admission is free to all UCO students, faculty members, staff, and the public, but reservations are required due to limited seating.
To make reservations, contact Alvin Teh, International House manger by email at email@example.com.
Dillingham and fellow Horseshoe Road band member Brent Saulsbury will perform this afternoon what the band will share with the world, including a performance of Callen Clarke’s specially commissioned arrangement of a traditional Taiwanese song, which they’ll perform with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra while in Taiwan. The afternoon wouldn’t be complete without favorite Horseshoe Road tunes like “Faded Love” and “Orange Blossom Special.”
As a special guest, UCO pianist and Taiwanese native, Ivan Wong, will join Dillingham today for some of the Taiwanese repertoire, as well as some Horseshoe Road favorites.
The exclusive High Tea event is sponsored by TAP Architecture, the Sovereignty Symposium, University of Central Oklahoma Centre for Global Competency, BancFirst, Inter-City Violin Studios and Glasser Bows.
Dillingham also will give a free solo performance from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive. Friday’s lunchtime performance is part of the Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s ongoing program Art Moves, presented by Devon. For more information, go to www.artscouncilokc.com.
As previously reported, after auditioning last spring in St. Louis, Dillingham and his band Horseshoe Road were selected from more than 300 groups nationwide for American Music Abroad’s 2013 program with a 35-day world tour beginning March 10 in Washington, D.C.
“We are so thrilled to find out that we’ll be sharing Oklahoma symphonic and roots music with the people of Korea, Taiwan, Burma and Russia,” said Dillingham in a news release. “It’s quite an honor to represent our country, along with our great state.”
American Voices administers the American Music Abroad program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The American Music Abroad program is designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions to the global music scene as it fosters cross-cultural communication and people-to-people connection to global audiences.