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Drury University presents a group that features eight singers but just one voice

For Immediate Release: February 25

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Kay Osborne
Special Instructor, Arts Administration
Office: (417) 873-6359
E-mail: kosborne@drury.edu

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 25, 2010 — Octarium, the nationally recognized Kansas City based vocal octet, will perform their newest concert “Should Have Been Choral” on Friday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Stone Chapel at Drury University. The concert is free and open to the public. The concert is sponsored by the Drury University Student Advocates for the Arts.

Octarium is Latin for “Eight as One,” and the name defines Octarium’s mission: Eight singers, one choral voice. The group’s “Should Have Been Choral” touring program is a collection of a cappella songs originally composed as orchestral symphonies, music from Broadway shows and pop songs. The concert features the likes of Rossini, ABBA, Billy Joel, Bernstein and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Krista Lang Blackwood, the current artistic director, founded Octarium in 2003. As the director of choirs at a large Kansas City church, Blackwood hired eight section leaders to support her choral program in 2001. The group has released four CDs.

For more information, please contact Kay Osborne at (417) 873-6359 or kosborne@drury.edu.

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