The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 23, 2013

Cello, guitar duo to rock out in Enid

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A blend of classical music and rock and roll will be offered at Enid Symphony Hall next weekend.

Guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Viktor Uzur will perform together as the Richter Uzur Duo, with performances at 8 p.m. March 2 and 2 p.m. March 3.

The program includes “Overture to Der Freischutz,” by Carl Maria von Weber; “Symphony No. 8 in b minor, ‘Unfinished,’” by Franz Schubert; and “Concerto for Cello, Guitar and Orchestra,” by Viktor Uzur and Brad Richter.

“We’re classical musicians, but we’ve always been fans of rock music as well,” Richter said. “We took the guitar riffs of about 15 of our favorite Led Zeppelin songs and mashed them together, kind of in a hip-hop way.”

Richter said the music doesn’t sound like hip-hop, but Led Zeppelin fans will recognize the strains within the musical pieces they hear.

The pair have performed together since they met at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, in 2005.

Richter, a 1987 graduate of Enid High School who attended the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, and Uzur, who holds a doctorate from Michigan State University, regularly are featured on National Public Radio broadcasts of American Public Media’s “Performance Today.”

The Enid Symphony concerts are sponsored in part by Integris Bass Baptist Medical Center and Oklahoma Arts Council with assistance from National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for the performance are $20. Each adult who purchases a ticket at regular price can bring two children ages 6 to 12 free if tickets are ordered through the ESO office at 301 W. Broadway. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is (580) 237-9646.

Tickets can be ordered at www.enidsymphony.org.

For information, go to www.enidsymphony.org or call Douglas Newell at (580) 237-9646.