Last Call: Frida Kahlo exhibition ends Sunday at Gilcrease Museum; ‘Tres Vidas’ pays tribute

By Glenda Rice Collins, Arts Columnist

TULSA, Okla. USA — Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray continues through September 11 at Gilcrease Museum.*

This exhibition has recently inspired me to delve more deeply into the study of a Mexican artistic icon, known for her “unibrow” over decades, but still resplendent in the distinctive, saturated-color images of photographic master Muray, as she became his favored artistic subject as an original work of art herself.   Continue reading

Oklahoma Osage Ballet Santa Fe Bound

By Glenda Rice Collins, Arts Columnist

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. USA — “I love making beautiful things,” says Osage Ballet director Randy Tinker Smith, “Whether in music or ballet, …getting everybody to work together to produce a beautiful piece of art…That’s our goal, that we always represent our tribe well, …and to keep getting our story out.”  Continue reading

Tulsa-based Orchestras Complement OK Mozart

By Glenda Rice Collins, For Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers,  Published: August 2016

Three well-established Oklahoma orchestras recently played a significant role in advancing Oklahoma’s premiere music festival, OK Mozart (OKM). during a pivotal year for the week-long event, June 11 – 18 at the Bartlesville Community Center.   Continue reading

Painted Sky Opera to perform at Oklahoma City Museum of Art in Debut

News from Painted Sky Opera 

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. USA — Painted Sky Opera in collaboration with the Oklahoma Haydn Festival will present La Canterina by Joseph Haydn at 2 pm June 25 and 7 pm June 26 in the Samuel Roberts Noble Theater at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

La Canterina will be Painted Sky Opera’s first productionContinue reading

From Menuhin to OK Mozart: Music as Therapy Prevails

By Glenda Rice Collins

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. USA — “Music creates order out of chaos,” said the quotable virtuoso violinist, conductor and humanitarian, Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999), whose centenary is celebrated this year.

As Oklahoma’s premier music festival, OK Mozart, Opus 32 now celebrates a year of unprecedented transition under the leadership of  OKM executive director Randy Thompson — the man who for years embodied the spirit of Mozart himself through costumed portrayals of the musical genius. Continue reading

OKM: Adam & Kizzie bring heart and soul vibes with ‘EEDO’ echoes

By Glenda Rice Collins,  Updated June 13, 2016

BARTLESVILLE, Okla., USA– Dressed in red and white baseball jackets, blue shoes, and white-framed eyeglasses, ala Elton John,  Adam & Kizzie, one of Oklahoma City’s favorite duos,  took the OK Mozart, Opus 32 season stage with musical authority at the Bartlesville Community Center Saturday night, to top off opening day community festivities with unique.flair. OK Mozart (OKM) is recognized as Oklahoma’s premier music festival. Continue reading

Miró Quartet Returns for OK Mozart, Opus 32 Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma

By Glenda Rice Collins, Updated June 9, 2016

BARTLESVILLE, Okla., USA — The internationally-acclaimed Miró Quartet returns for the OK Mozart music festival’s 2016 Opus 32 season, June 11 – 18, with several 2 p.m. matinee concerts next week in the intimate performance space of the OKM Ambler Hall, which opened last fall in the heartland.   Continue reading

José Torres-Tama featured at Living Arts of Tulsa Artcar Fest with immigration themes

TULSA, Okla. USA — Featured as part of Living Arts of Tulsa’s Artcar Weekend XXII, visiting guest performance artist, New Orleans-based José Torres-Tama, a native of Ecuador, presents dynamic aspects of a “work in process,” Saturday, May 21, during the Artcar Burning Car celebration at 8:30 p.m., at 532 N. 72nd West Avenue in Tulsa. For Jose, immigration themes prevail.  Continue reading

REVIEW: Contemporary Dance Oklahoma

The following guest review, an essay  by University of Oklahoma freshman Nadia Moore, in partial fulfillment of an arts appreciation curriculum requirement for all OU students, reveals more about the stature of contemporary dance and exceptional arts leadership at OU. Nadia, an accounting major, also plays the  flute in OU’s Pride of Oklahoma marching band.           Continue reading