Friday, March 15, 2019



🍀 O’City St. Patrick’s Day Parade | March 16 
The O'City Oklahoma City St. Patrick's Day Parade returns with a new route. On Saturday, March 16th, throw on your finest green shirt and celebrate the greenest day of the year with your city! The parade will begin at 10 am with groups from all over the OKC metro showing their St. Paddy's Day pride. Visit their website to view the parade map.

🍀 Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Beer Party | March 16 - 17 
The Bricktown St. Patrick's Day Beer Party is free and open to all ages! It's a two-day event happening March 16th & 17th from 1pm to midnight.The party will be located at Reno and Oklahoma Ave. Expect 10 live bands, great food, ice cold local, domestic, craft, and IRISH BEERS. Free Green Beads and Green Beer Pitcher Specials all Day! Head this way to learn more about the Bricktown Beer Party.

🍀 Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at McNellie’s | March 16 - 17
The Annual McNellie's St. Patrick's Day celebration is just around the corner! They'll be getting the party started early this year with a Patio Party on Saturday, March 16th at 6pm. Then join them for one of OKC's biggest St. Patrick's Day Block Party on Sunday, March 17th at 10am! To learn more visit their Facebook event page.

🍀 Pati’O Party | Jones Assembly | March 16
🍀 St. Patrick’s Day Party | Kong’s Tavern OKC | March 16
🍀 St. Patrick’s Day Party | Pretty Please Social Room | March 16
🍀 Brews & BBQ St. Patrick’s Day Partay | Stonecloud Brewing Co. | March 16
🍀 St. Pattys Bar Crawl | Coyote Ugly Saloon | March 16
🍀 Annual Block Party | TapWerks Ale House | March 16
🍀 St. Patrick’s Weekend | Elk Valley Brewing Co. | March 16 - 17
🍀 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration | Louie’s Midtown | March 16 - 17
🍀 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration | Skinny Slim’s OKC | March 16 - 17
🍀 Go Green St. Patrick’s Day | Myriad Botanical Gardens Foundation | March 17
🍀Shamrock the Weekend | Coyote Ugly Saloon | March 16 – 17
🍀Opening Day | Riversport OKC | March 16 – 17

Thursday, March 14, 2019


OCU Hosts Book Signing for Award-Winning Alumnus

Photo courtesy of OCU
Oklahoma City University will host a reading and book signing for author and alumnus Brandon Hobson at 7 p.m. March 20 in the University Center Great Hall.
Hobson was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for his novel “Where the Dead Sit Talking.” The book, set in rural Oklahoma during the late 1980s, follows two Native American teens’ experiences in the foster care system as they try to navigate relationships and their own emotional scars. The book reached number one on Oklahoma’s Bestseller List, and it made the best book lists for 2018 from NPR’s “Code Switch,” Kirkus Reviews, and Southern Living magazine.
A member of the Cherokee Nation, Hobson received his Bachelor of Arts in English from OCU in 1992, and went on to earn a master’s degree at the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctorate at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. He currently teaches English at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa. He has published many short stories in such respected literary journals as The Paris Review and Believer, has won a Pushcart Prize, and is the author of three previous novels — “Desolation of Avenues Untold” (2015), “Deep Ellum” (2014) and “The Levitationist” (2006).
For more information about the event, visit

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

AT 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 19

Concert 4


Experience the Richness

Tuesday, March 19, 2019, 7:30 pm
St. Paul’s Cathedral
127 NW 7thStreet (at Robinson)

Experience the exquisite richness of woodwinds as the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble presents a diverse sampling of 18th- through 20th-century works for reeds in its fourth concert of the 2018-19 season Tuesday evening, March 19, 2019.  On the program are works by Saint-Saëns and Glinka, as well as a Czech and three of the worthiest French composers you’ve probably never heard of. This is a rare opportunity to hear these delightful but less frequently performed works, some by composers who are best known for their compositions for the wind ensemble.  Plenty of charm.  Plenty of splendor.  Plenty of reeds!

Music Trivia Quiz:  Leader of the Band 

One reed instrument plays a unique role in the orchestra.  It is the first instrument you typically hear before every philharmonic concert.  So you may know to which instrument the other instruments in the orchestra tune before a concert, but do you know why?   See below for answer.


The works on the program are:  

  • François Devienne, Trio No. 5 in B-flat Major (for flute, clarinet & bassoon)
  • Mikhail Glinka, Trio Pathétique in D Minor (for clarinet, bassoon & piano)
  • Florent Schmitt, Á Tour d’Anches (“Reeds in Turn”) (for oboe, clarinet, bassoon & piano)
  • Clémence de Grandval, Trio de Salon, op. 8 (for oboe, bassoon & piano)
  • Lukáš Hurnik, Fusion Music for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon & Piano
  • Camille Saint-Saëns, Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs (for flute, oboe, clarinet & piano)

Musicians appearing: 

Parthena Owens, Flute
Lisa Harvey-Reed, Oboe
Chad Burrow, Clarinet
Rodney Ackmann, Bassoon
Ruirui Ouyang, Piano
Sallie Pollack, Piano 

The performance will take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7th Street (at Robinson). Individual concert admission is $20 per ticket.  Children, students and active-duty military personnel are admitted free with ID. More information about this concert is available on Brightmusic’s website at

Answer to Trivia Quiz: 

An orchestra tunes to a precise frequency, usually 440 hertz, known as A 440. The note is first played by the oboist and the rest of the orchestra tunes accordingly.  There are a couple of explanations why the oboe leads the tuning.  First, of all the instruments, the oboe is least affected by humidity or other weather conditions.   In addition, it is more difficult to adjust the pitch of the oboe, unlike most of the other instruments, so the other instruments have to match the oboe. Kind of makes you want to treat this little woodwind with more respect, doesn’t it?

BrightNews Briefs 


Brightmusic’s Summer Chamber Music Festival
Intimate Portraits in Chamber Music

Mark your calendar for Brightmusic’s eighth annual Summer Chamber Music Festival:  June 6-11 at St. Paul’s Cathedral.  This year’s festival celebrates that most cherished aspect of chamber music—its intimacy.  Intimate Portraits in Chamber Music gets up close and personal with classical music’s most intimate expression:  the small ensemble—sonatas, trios, and quartets, featuring works by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, Piazzolla and others.  Chamber music has covered a lot of ground since Joseph Haydn developed the string quartet in the mid 18th century, but the art form remains at its very core what Goethe called “a stimulating conversation between . . . intelligent people,” with us, the audience, listening in as rapt eavesdroppers.  Chamber music is a great introduction for children or for adults seeking to develop a deeper appreciation for classical music. You’ll find more information on the “Concerts” page of our website,

Concerns about Severe Weather or Road Conditions?  

For concert status the day of the concert, listen for an announcement on KUCO (90.1 FM). Or you may call (405) 550-1484, (405) 216-5595, or (405) 550-7665 for concert status the day of the concert.  Keep these phone numbers handy—just in case.

For more information

about this and all things Brightmusic, see our website at

Friday, March 1, 2019


When will it be spring already?
Saturday, March 2nd: Full Circle Bookstore
This will be a unique event, so don't miss it: Louise will perform a rare solo appearance. I can hear her right now working on wonderful things that you have never heard her perform. Seriously cool. So don't miss it, if you can.
7:30 to 9:30, no cover, adult beverages and snacks available.

Where will I be? Assisting another songwriter at another performance. Nellie Clay. At the Cimarron Breeze place in Perkins. Ahead of Eliza Gilkyson. But, you knew that...
Tuesday, March 5th: Art Moves at Robinson Renaissance
This being Mardi Gras, we hope you don't give us up for Lent! We're actually good for you! Robinson Renaissance is at 119 N. Robinson, and we'll be there from Noon to One.
Roulez Bontemps!
Saturday, March 9th: The Lobby Bar
We'll be at our Neighborhood Hang! Again! So much fun! Come join us 8:30 - 10:30.
Adult beverages and serious cuisine.

Friday, March 22nd: Miss Brown to You Quartet
We'll be at UCO Jazz Lab with our quartet for a night of Jazz,
and as always, a variety of other styles. 8:00 - $10.
You'll never guess what we've been doing!
We, and by we I mean Louise, is/are hard at work cranking up 'Beehive' at the Pollard. The cast is stellar, I mean, brilliant and it's going to be a blast. We're getting the old band back together: Elyse Angelo will be with us on drums, and our good friend Jason Hunt will be on guitar.

Here are the dates and the website.

Friday April 12, Saturday April 13th
Friday April 19, Saturday April 20th, Matinee Sunday April 21st
Thursday April 25th, Friday April 26th, Saturday April 27th, Matinee Sunday April 28th
Thursday May 2nd, Friday May 3rd, Saturday May 4th

Saturday, April 6th: Full Circle
We'll be back, singing the Song of Spring!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Today's post is for Marjorie Ramana
who loves dance.
Kickline photo courtesy of Oklahoma City University

 Oklahoma City University’s American Spirit Dance Company will celebrate American dance from Broadway to Hollywood as they present the spring Broadway Revue from March 7 to 9.

This year the OCU Starettes will kick off the show with a routine worthy of a performance at Radio City Music Hall, said Director Jo Rowan.
“Our dancers cut loose with an exciting tap dance using chairs to the music of the movie ‘Footloose’ and then the dance ‘Cool’ from ‘West Side Story,’” Rowan noted.
The audience will get a taste of the “Wild West,” with a balletic number set to Aaron Copland’s iconic “Rodeo” score. Rowan said the number incorporates the strength and determination of Oklahoma’s cowboys.
“Summer Montage” presents a fast-paced tap and jazz competition which ultimately unifies the two styles into a dynamic duo before dancers get lost in a music video to the song “Melody,” an expression of the passionate connection humans have to music and how it can provide an emotional escape. In “The Pines,” show goers can take a lyrical fairy stroll in the moonlight and discover a moving mystery magical realm.
In Act 2, “Never Enough,” a beautiful love story to music from the movie “The Greatest Showman,” tells the story of a woman who declares that her relationship is more important than all the fame and money in the world.
Rowan added that musicals with a Latin beat are the rage of Broadway.
“Our couples dance to a sizzling Samba retro beat that is sure to ‘Spice Up Your Life,’” she noted. “Our dancers’ high-energy tap dancing to sensational music with fascinating rhythms is sure to get your feet tapping and your soul swaying to ‘Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,’ ‘Sibling Rivalry,’ and the classic ‘Dr. Buster Brown’s Laura.’”
The show also features disco with “Knock on Wood.” “Yes, jumpsuits, big hair and sequins,” Rowan noted. “More is more in this flashback to 1979.”
The exquisite music composition of Justin Hurwitz from the movie “La La Land” is brought to life in “Lovely Night” as stunning dancers embody the night sky and create the romance that brings two reluctant young people together.
All of these dances and more from film, ballet and musicals are part of this year’s Broadway Revue, featuring the professional performers of tomorrow. OCU’s Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment has been named the No. 1 BFA dance program in the nation by OnStage.
Show times are 8 p.m. March 7 and 8 and 2 and 8 p.m. March 9. For tickets, call 405-208-5227 or visit

Saturday, February 23, 2019


Commentary by Nancy Condit

     The Oklahoma City Ballet gave a wonderful performance of August Bournonville's
ballet "La Sylphide," first performed in 1836. Miki Kawamura was outstanding as
the Sylphide in her last performance with the ballet as she retires to become a ballet 
master for the OKC Ballet. Alvin Tostogray was equally good as the groom to be who
is beguiled by the Sylphide.
     The scenery and costumes, courtesy of the Boston Ballet, provided an outstanding
backdrop particularly for Act II  placed in "A Glade in the Forest." In the Romantic
scenery, the depth of the the light blue sky behind the trees set off the sylphs' calf 
length white tutus, and the men's kilts. This gave further feeling that the Scottish
setting was an exotic place.
     Jacob Sparso is particularly notable for his staging of the reel/jig at the end of the
first act, with Tostogray and Amanda Herd-Popejoy, playing Effie, his fiancee. Also 
noteworthy was the appearance of Kawamura's appearance in the manor-house window,
as she stood dressed in white, and in act II where Kawamura and Tostogray danced in
front of a backdrop of the corps sylphs.
     Herman Severin Lovenskjold's music was well played by the Oklahoma City
Philharmonic, led by Andrews Sill.
     The ballet is scheduled for one more performance Sunday, tomorrow, at 2 p.m.  
at the Civic Center Music Hall. Appearing as the Sylphide is Courtney Connor Jones, 
as the groom, James, is Jonathan Batista, and as Effie is Amanda Herd-Popejoy.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Principals Miki Kawamura and Alvin Tovstogray
Photo by Shevaun Williams
Courtesy of Oklahoma City Ballet

Tickets are now on sale for the captivating love story that is La Sylphide. Come see Oklahoma City Ballet in this ethereal production that captures the beauty of classical ballet. La Sylphide is one of the world’s oldest surviving ballets. With a glorious score from Løvenskiold and August Bournonville’s original choreography, this performance is sure to be a treat. The ballet is staged by Jacob Sparso, and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic will be conducted by Andrew Sill.

This production is not to be missed as Principal dancer Miki Kawamura will be retiring from the stage, dancing her final piece with Oklahoma City Ballet on February 23, 2019.

La Sylphide runs February 22-24 at Civic Center Music Hall with music performed by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

Tickets will be selling fast, so here’s how to get them:
·         Go to
·         Or call our box office at (405) 848-TOES

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