Concert Series starts with Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road Sept. 25

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Concert Series starts with Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road Sept. 25

September 17, 2012

 

Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road
Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road

As the first act of the Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series, Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road will take the stage on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Herod Hall Auditorium. Get ready for a high energy, uplifting performance with an eclectic musical style ranging from blues to bluegrass, gypsy jazz to Western swing, with a mix of country, rock and gospel.

Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road blends these sounds into an earthy genre of music they call Heartland Acoustic. Full of surprises, the group's passion for music can be seen in their performance.

In 2008, Horseshoe Road completed a U.S. Embassy-sponsored tour of Thailand, which commemorated the 175th anniversary of relations between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Thailand. It was the first time an American band had ever performed in four of the five cities they toured. Horseshoe Road also is a 2010 International Acoustic Music Award’s Top Three Finalist.

World-renowned fiddle sensation and the University of Central Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador Dillingham heads the band and has performed his magic in more than 25 countries, electrifying and energizing audiences around the world. The Enid native picked up the violin when he was 9 years old, and eight years later, he gave two featured performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Though he had an attractive offer to continue in Nashville, Dillingham always believed that his musical talents could serve Oklahoma best by staying in Oklahoma.

Named Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador by Gov. Brad Henry, he has helped develop more than 30 relationships between universities in Oklahoma and overseas universities, and he has brought attention to the name of Oklahoma in 30 countries. He has also performed in more than 50 schools in Oklahoma.

He has played for more than 100 charity events in the state and performed for the launching of the UCO’s Centre for Global Competency where he took the stage with Lisa Ling, National Geographic journalist. Dillingham also was featured on the Memorial Thank You Concert along with Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb and Toby Keith.

Dillingham received a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd that night.

Dillingham was also honored by Gov. Henry as a recipient of the 2009 Governor's Arts Award, acknowledging his life's work as a violinist, vocalist, and musical ambassador for the state of Oklahoma and for his gift to connect with people throughout the world.

"The Mary Rose,” a tribute to Tudor England, officially launched an initiative to revive Symphonic Music in America and the World through the creation and performance of exciting new orchestral repertoire. Prince Charles sent two delegates to Oklahoma for the premiere, and Gov. Henry proclaimed it Mary Rose Day. Dillingham has been invited to perform for the grand opening of The Mary Rose Museum in 2012 in England.

Dillingham was selected one of Oklahoma Magazine’s 40 under 40, an elite list of selected young Oklahoma’s making a difference in our state. Dillingham is also one of OKC Biz Magazine’s top 40 under 40. As a Creativity Ambassador, he performed as a part of the Creativity World Forum in November 2010. The next day he was a featured performer for Jimmy Webb Day.

All Concert Series performances will be in Herod Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Season tickets are now available at Holder Drug, the NWOSU Bookstore, Graceful Arts Center, Rialto or by calling (580) 327-8692. Adult season tickets are $40, and student season tickets are $20. Tickets to individual performances will be sold on an “as available” basis at $15 for adults and $10 for students.

The reserved seating section at each concert will be held until five minutes prior to the performance.

Anyone interested in buying a sponsorship package or individual tickets should contact Dr. Irene Messoloras, chair of the Department of Fine Arts, at (580) 327-8692 or irmessoloras@nwosu.edu.

The Northwest Oklahoma Concert Series is supported by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Charles Morton Share Trust.

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