NORMAN — Visitors to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm, will no longer be charged admission thanks to a $60,000 gift from the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department. Considered one of the top five university art museums in the country in terms of its appraised value, the museum's collection is valued at hundreds of millions of dollars. For more information, call 325-3272 or go to www.ou.edu/fjjma.
Christmas Vespers offered
Students from Oklahoma City University's Wanda L. Bass School of Music will celebrate “Songs of Comfort and Joy” at the 34th annual “Christmas Vespers” at 8 p.m. Friday, as well as 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday in the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel, 2501 N Blackwelder.
Participants include the University Singers, Ad Astra Women's Chorus, the University Men's Chorus, the Chamber Choir, the OCU Symphony Orchestra and university organist Melissa Plamann. Randi Von Ellefson, Judith Willoughby and Ben Nilles will share conducting duties.
For more information, call 208-5227 or go to www.okcu.edu/ticketoffice.
A holiday concert
The Oklahoma City Symphonic Band will present “A Christmas Festival” concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 at Cherokee Hills Baptist Church, 5700 NW 63. Mark Belcik will conduct a program that will feature Leroy Anderson's “Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Festival.”
For more information, call 822-9550 or go to www.okcband.org.
John Blackwell and the Oklahoma Choral Artists will present “A Family Christmas Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Del City High School, 1900 S Sunnylane. This marks the choral ensemble's fourth annual fundraiser for the Mid-Del Food Pantry.
Also participating are the Del City High School Choir, the Edmond Youth Chorus and the Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble. The program will feature Leroy Anderson's “Sleigh Ride,” Antonio Vivaldi's “Gloria in Excelsis,” Lee Dengler's “Christmas Sanctus,” a Christmas bell medley and George Frideric Handel's “Hallelujah Chorus.”
For more information, call 751-1392.
Raise a glass to the maestro
EDMOND — Valery Kuleshov, artist-in-residence at the University of Central Oklahoma, will be featured in a “Toast to the Maestro” fundraising concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E Fifth. Proceeds will benefit the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design.
The silver medalist at the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Kuleshov will perform works by Schumann, Scriabin and Rachmaninov. UCO piano major Casey Cross will be featured in works by Debussy and Liszt.
For more information, call 974-3778 or go to www.cfad.edu/cfad/events.