Last Call: Bruce Goff Shin’enKan exhibit ends Sunday at Price Tower Arts Center

By Glenda Rice Collins

BARTLESVILLE, Okla., USA — This week I felt a vital, revived connection, when I toured the ongoing Price Tower Arts Center exhibition, Shin’enKan: House of the Far Away Heart, which ends March 26.  Bruce Goff’s  spirited and somewhat spiritual, avant-garde Oklahoma masterpiece was engulfed in flames some 20 years ago.   Continue reading

Review: Tulsa Ballet world premiere brings hi-tech aura to ‘OZ’ themes

By Glenda Rice Collins

TULSA, Okla. USA–The world premiere of Edwaard Liang’s glittering Dorothy and the Prince of Oz ballet last week brought Broadway theatrics to the staging of sophisticated ballet with contemporary choreography extraordinaire. Liang’s masterful authority over details  presided  during  the February 10 debut at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.     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

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

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

LAST CALL: Tom Stoppard’s award-winning ‘Arcadia’ masterpiece continues at the University of Oklahoma

Universal Questions Pondered in OU Arts District Play
By Glenda Rice Collins, Published September 25, 2015

NORMAN, Okla., USA–Never underestimate the power of the precocious mind.  As a central character in the provocative, Tony and Olivier Award-winning 1993 Tom Stoppard play, Arcadia, a current production of the University Theater at the University of Oklahoma, the young Thomasina Coverly (brilliantly portrayed by Calley Luman) repeatedly calls our attention to the value of seeking truth.   Continue reading

REVIEW: Tulsa Ballet celebrates Creations in Studio K with Three World Premieres

World-class Ballet Ready for Export
By Glenda Rice Collins, Published September 15, 2015

TULSA, Okla., USA–A trio of world premieres, by a trio of internationally acclaimed choreographers, recently  produced three world-class contemporary ballets, ready for immediate export, from the unique Tulsa Ballet Studio K theater, in this heartland city with a rich history concerning international ballet luminaries.

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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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Tulsa: Brady Arts District Rocks On with Heart Health Focus at 108 Contemporary Gallery

By Glenda Rice Collins, Arts Columnist
Published August 28, 2015, For GlendaRiceCollins.com

TULSA, Okla., USA — “OH, Tulsa!”  What next?
Recently designated as “Center of the Universe” during a July Brady Arts District music festival, focused on three outdoor stages and filled with musical talent (ranging from “Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.” to “Roxy Roca” on the Bank of Oklahoma stage at Guthrie Green), — Tulsa was further celebrated and critiqued during the Living Arts of Tulsa OH, TULSA! Biennial this month, continuing through today–Last call!

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REVIEW: TBII “On Your Radar,” with Tulsa Ballet II, celebrating 10 years in 2015

By Glenda Rice Collins, Arts Columnist
Published August 25, 2015, For GlendaRiceCollins.com

TULSA–“People come and go so quickly around here,” said ‘Dorothy,’  during her dream world escapades in The Wizard of Oz film classic. It  can also be said about current, sought-after choreographers at Tulsa Ballet and Tulsa Ballet II, their leaders, and their audiences.

Under the leadership of Tulsa Ballet’s Marcello Angelini, the George Kaiser Family Foundation Artistic Director; and TBII artistic manager Alfonso Martin, the former distinguished Tulsa Ballet principal dancer from Spain, TBII’s fast-paced reach is ever-expanding, globally, — much like world-class Tulsa Ballet.

I suggest you keep them ‘on your radar.’

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