USAO’s Davis-Waldorf series continues with unique mix of classical, contemporary

Bringing their fascinating fusion of classical and contemporary music to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s Davis Hall Little Theater, the Dallas String Quartet continues the 19th season of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for students, seniors 60 and over, and USAO faculty and staff; and $5 for USAO students. They may be purchased at the door, online at or by calling 405-574-1213.

Using both traditional and electric strings, the Dallas String Quartet plays everything from Bach to Bon Jovi in inventive arrangements that show how music from such seemingly different genres use the same notes to move the listener. The group performs both intimately as a quartet as well as with a full accompaniment of drums, guitar and piano.

“With each artist we host, we try to expand the way our audience thinks about the performing arts,” said Katie Davis, professor of theatre arts and Executive Director of the DWPAS. “Many people, even those who enjoy a wide range of popular music styles, don’t think they like classical music. Dallas String Quartet is a great example of how the emotional power of music and dynamic performance are often very similar – whether it’s Despacito or Dvorák.”

An international music sensation, the Dallas String Quartet comprises violinists Ion Zanca, Melissa Priller and Eleanor Dunbar, and bassist Young Heo. They have performed for Presidents Obama and Bush, the College Football Playoff, and NBA and NFL organizations. With the release of their fourth album, “DSQ,” the group continues to expand their passionate following.

The USAO Foundation presents the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series with additional support from the Oklahoma Arts Council, Chickasha Public School Foundation, Mid-America Arts Alliance and community and corporate partners. Its mission is to encourage attendance at high-quality performing arts events as an aspect of a liberal arts education for our students, to provide an affordable entertainment resource for our college family and our community, and to become a leader in local arts education by presenting relevant and culturally diverse programming that broadens the aesthetic of our audiences.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call (405) 574-1213.

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