UCO International House to Host Concert, Presentation with Members of Horseshoe Road

President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (far left) and U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac (second from left) with Kyle Dillingham (third from left), Brent Saulsbury (fourth from the left) and 2014 Oklahoma's Teacher of the Year, Peter Markes (far right), greet one another during Horseshoe Road’s recent American Music Abroad tour of Liberia. Members of the band will perform and highlight the tour at the UCO International House Sept. 4.

Aug. 27, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

UCO INTERNATIONAL HOUSE TO HOST CONCERT, PRESENTATION WITH MEMBERS OF HORSESHOE ROAD

The University of Central Oklahoma’s International House will host a performance and presentation from fiddler Kyle Dillingham and bassist Brent Saulsbury, two-thirds of local bluegrass trio Horseshoe Road, at 11 a.m. Sept. 4. The International House is located at 912 N. Chowning Ave. in Edmond, just north of the main campus.

Dillingham and Saulsbury will highlight Horseshoe Road’s recent 16-day American Music Abroad tour to Liberia, a program of the U.S. Department of State. Established in 2011, American Music Abroad communicates America's rich musical contributions to the global music scene and fosters both cross-cultural communication and people-to-people connection to global audiences.

Horseshoe Road toured Russia, South Korea, Burma and Taiwan with the program in 2013, sharing the band’s unique musical style its members have dubbed “heartland acoustic.”

The group was invited to return to the service of the State Department this year. The members spent more than two weeks in Liberia, where they participated in public concerts, performances with local musicians, lectures, workshops and met dignitaries including Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The concert and presentation is part of the monthly meeting of the local chapter of the International Visitors Council (IVC), a partner of Global Ties U.S., which connects hosts in U.S. communities with visiting leaders from around the world.

UCO's International House offers opportunities for Central's students, faculty, staff and the community to experience global cultures through transformative learning experiences. For information about its programs, visit www.uco.edu/ihouse.

For more information about IVC, contact Kay Bickham, director of the local chapter, at kaybichham@cox.net.

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Editor’s Note: To download art associated with this release, visit www.uco.edu/photo/HorseshoeRoad08.14.

Cutline: President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (far left) and U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac (second from left) with Kyle Dillingham (third from left), Brent Saulsbury (fourth from the left) and 2014 Oklahoma's Teacher of the Year, Peter Markes (far right), greet one another during Horseshoe Road’s recent American Music Abroad tour of Liberia. Members of the band will perform and highlight the tour at the UCO International House Sept. 4.