‘The Garden’ ballet premieres at OU to music by professor Michael Lee

News from the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts

NORMAN, Okla., USA–The University of Oklahoma Schools of Dance and Music will present, in collaboration,  the world premiere of The Garden, at 8 p.m. March 9 in Sharp Concert Hall of Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St., on the OU Norman campus. This special event is complimentary to the public.   Continue reading

Crystal Bridges museum celebrates Fifth Anniversary as live ‘Art of American Dance’ events continue

By Glenda Rice Collins, Arts Columnist

Bentonville, Ark., USA–Today marks the fifth anniversary of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, as live performances and special events continue to also reflect the current exhibition, The Art of American Dance, which continues through January 16, 2017.    Continue reading

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

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.

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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

REVIEW: OK Mozart Inaugurates Ambler Hall in the U.S. Heartland; Tulsa’s Midwest Trio featured

David E. Marsh, FASA

David E. Marsh, FASA, President, Marsh/PMK International, LLC

Good Vibes: From Storeroom to Concert Showplace  
By Glenda Rice Collins, Arts Columnist
Published August 31, 2015, For GlendaRiceCollins.com

BARTLESVILLE, Okla., USA — Picture a concert hall in a ‘shoebox,’ and you may have some idea of the acoustical challenges for David E. Marsh, FASA, in relation to converting a narrow,  rectangular-shaped storeroom into a gracious, acoustically-sound concert venue — on a ‘shoestring’ budget.

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OK Mozart International Festival approaching 3rd decade

FOR THE SAKE OF ART
By Glenda Rice Collins, E-E Columnist

Important studies conducted by the Oklahoma Arts Council provide evidence of the proven value of the arts in our communities — stronger economy, improved academics, revitalized communities, enriched culture and creative workforce.

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