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For Immediate Release
Tuesday Sept. 25, 2012

Accomplished artists with OU ties to present early music concerts

     Rochester, Mich. – Oakland University invites area music lovers to enjoy some of the finest exponents of early music this fall. On Sunday, Sept. 30, former OU faculty member Lyle Nordstrom will appear with Armonia Celeste, and on Sunday, Oct. 14, internationally renowned bass singer and lutenist Joel Frederiksen will perform. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Armonia Celeste (Photo courtesy of Les Wollam)
     Armonia Celeste will perform songs from its recent CD, "Udite Amanti – Lovers Beware," which features music from mid-17th century Rome. Those interested in learning more about Nordstrom and Armonia Celeste can visit the group's website at

     Frederiksen, an OU alumnus and student of Nordstrom, has made appearances in opera, oratorio and in concert on stages around the world. He is a true basso profondo – a voice type well suited to the repertoire of the early period. Frederiksen's concert will be "Orpheus, I Am," featuring repertoire from the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. Those interested in learning more about the vocalist and lutenist can visit his website at

Joel Frederiksen (Photo courtesy of Thomas Zwillinger)
     Professor John-Paul White, acting director of OU's music program said, "I am so excited for our students and the community to be able to hear these outstanding performances. Lyle Nordstrom is a legend in early music, and Joel stands head and shoulders above others in his field with his unique voice. And both have roots here at OU."

     Tickets for the Armonia Celeste concert are $14 for general admission and $8 for students. Tickets for Frederiksen's performance are $18 for general admission and $10 for students. They can be purchased online through or by phone (800) 585-3737. Tickets can also be purchased on the OU campus at the Center for Student Activities in the basement of the Oakland Center and at the box office in Varner Hall. For more information, visit

     For more information about Music, Theatre and Dance, including the 2012-13 season brochure, visit

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