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

Russian ballet in Oklahoma: cultural synergy celebrated in ‘Don Quixote’

By Glenda Rice Collins   (Updated 2-7-17)

Part I of a two-part focus: celebrating the synergy of cultural diversity in the arts*

EDMOND, Okla. — The excitement, brilliance and buoyancy of Mikhail Baryshnikov‘s fast-paced 1983 staging of the Don Quixote ballet (after Marius Petipa) was brought to life again last week by the touring  dancers of the Russian National Ballet Theatre, featured  at the opulent  Armstrong Auditorium — a  stunning reminder of the artistic (and personal) merits of embracing cultural diversity and global travel. 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

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

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opens first Frank Lloyd Wright House in Arkansas

By Glenda Rice Collins, published November 12, 2015

BENTONVILLE, Ark., USA — As Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art readies to host the  Picturing the Americas International Symposium this weekend, in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic, a newly-reconstructed Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian-style gem awaits public visitation.
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REVIEW: “Nureyev’s Eyes” drama featured at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Unique Wyeth and Warhol exhibitions continue through October 5 in Arkansas
By Glenda Rice Collins, Published October 2, 2015

BENTONVILLE, Ark., USA — “The eyes are the hard part,” says the Jamie Wyeth character in  David Rush’s award-winning drama, Nureyev’s Eyes. An inspired reading of the play was featured last week at a “Live Arts – Dance” event in the Great Hall of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art — concluding with an audience ‘standing ovation.’   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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