Saturday, April 22, 2017

OKC BALLET THIS
WEEKEND: 
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S
DREAM AND GUEST
CHOREOGRAPHER PIECE 





A Midsummer Night's Dream 

The OKC Ballet is getting ready for its finale of performances of the 2016-2017 season.  This abbreviated version of A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed April 21-23 at Civic Center Music Hall.  Set to Felix Mendelssohn's score, Artistic Director Robert Mills will present this choreography for the first time. The delightful retelling of the classic comedy of errors will be accompanied by a world premier by Denver native choreographer Sarah Tallman, If These Walls Could Talk. The evening will last approximately 1.5 hours, including one intermission.
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AUDITIONS TODAY --
PERPETUAL MOTION 
FESTIVAL


Perpetual Motion Dance 
 Calling all dancers ages 13 & up to audition
THIS SATURDAY 
for the Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival! 
A grant funded program, hosted by Perpetual Motion Dance, allows dancers  throughout the midwest region to learn and perform modern dance technique during the month of July.

Friday, April 7, 2017

OKC MUSEUM FREE DAY
SUNDAY, APRIL 9
Courtesy OKCMOA  




OKCMOA will host SONIC Free Family Day this Sunday, April 9, offering admission to the Museum and special, family-oriented activities FREE of charge to all visitors. SONIC Free Family Day is a bi-annual event taking place from 12 to 5 p.m. Free admission and all activities for the day are made possible by SONIC, America's Drive-In.

WHEN: April 9, 12 to 5 p.m. 

WHERE: The Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73102

WHO: Activities are appropriate for all ages and no reservations are required. 

WHAT: SONIC Free Family Day includes access to all of OKCMOA's galleries (including the special exhibitions, "After the Floating World: Japanese Woodblock Prints" and "The Unsettled Lens: Photography") as well as special Family Day events, including:
  • A brass quintet 1:00 p.m.
  • Kindie rock performance by the Sugar Free Allstars 2:30 p.m.
  • OKC Improv for the entire family 4 p.m. 
  • Sketching and hands-on activities in the galleries.
  • Art-making activities including making crowns with MetroFamily Magazine and creating puppets in the Museum's classrooms.
  • Family gallery experiences.
  • Photo opportunities with Mr. Cherry Limeade and Mr. Coney.
Courtesy of the Oklahoma Museum of Art

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

OKCMOA SHOWING
JAPANESE WOOD
BLOCK PRINTS AND
PHOTOGRAPHY

Japanese woodblock print, courtesy Oklahoma City Museum of Art



“The Unsettled Lens: Photography from the Permanent Collection” and “After the Floating World: The Enduring Art of Japanese Woodblock Prints” is open on the first floor of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. These two new, original exhibitions feature artwork from the Museum’s permanent collection and many works have not been on view at the Museum before.  They will be on view until May 14.
“With almost 4,000 works in our permanent collection, we only have a small portion of works on view on any given day,” said E. Michael Whittington, President and CEO. “Special exhibitions like these give us an opportunity to showcase incredible works of art that we otherwise would not have a chance to display. ‘After the Floating World’ includes two remarkable Japanese artists whose work has not yet been on view in our current building. I think visitors will be surprised and delighted by this original exhibition of woodblock prints, one of Japan’s most famous art forms.”
Woodblock prints, popular in Japan from the 17th through the 19th centuries, are known as “ukiyo-e,” which translates as “pictures from the floating world.” “Ukiyo-e” artists produced prints in a variety of subject matter including actors in the Kabuki theater, folktales, mythology and landscapes.
“After the Floating World” focuses on two printmakers: Torii Kiyotada VII (1875-1941) and Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950). They were at the forefront of the early 20th century evolution of the “ukiyo-e” tradition into a style known as “shin hanga” that incorporated stylistic elements from the West. Kiyotada VII was born into a family with a long tradition of producing theatrical images, and his prints of Kabuki actors illustrate the rich tradition of Japanese theater. Yoshida was a popular artist in both Japan and the United States whose extensive world travels resulted in evocative prints of familiar landmarks such as Mt. Fuji, the Taj Mahal, the Acropolis and Niagara Falls.
Courtesy Oklahoma City Museum of Art
                                                                                  
“We have an incredibly strong collection of photography here at the Museum,” said Francesca Giani, curator of modern and contemporary art. “Looking through the collection, I was struck by the idea of the uncanny and the tension that grows as you spend time with some of these photographs.”
“The Unsettled Lens: Photography from the Permanent Collection” builds subtle tensions based on the idea of the uncanny as a sense of displacement, as a difficulty in reconciling the familiar with the unknown. By converting nature into unrecognizable abstract impressions of reality, by intruding on moments of intimacy, by weaving enigmatic narratives and by challenging notions of time and memory, these images may elicit unsettling sensations and challenge our intellectual mastery of the new.
“The Unsettled Lens” showcases new acquisitions in photography and photographs from the permanent collection, stretching from the early 20th century to the year 2000. The exhibition features artists such as Brett Weston, Ralph Gibson, Stan Douglas, Wynn Bullock, Angela Grauerholz and many more. Many of the photographs included in this exhibition have never been on view at the Museum.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.okcmoa.com/tickets, in person at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art or by calling the Museum at (405) 236-3100. Adult tickets are $12 and include admission to the entire Museum, including OKCMOA's permanent collection and "Dale Chihuly: Magic and Light." Discounted tickets are available for active military members, seniors, students and children. Student and military tickets can be purchased only in person with valid I.D. and cannot be purchased online. Members of the Museum receive free admission to the exhibitions. Group tours for 15 or more are available at a discounted ticket price, and Oklahoma K-12 school tours are free. Tour reservations must be made in advance at (405) 278-8213.
The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Courtesy Oklahoma Museum of Art

Saturday, April 1, 2017

OU TO PRESENT HANDEL'S
ACIS AND GALATEA IN
MUSIC AND DANCE 

Sky Singleton, 1st year Master of Music candidate, rehearses the role of Galatea with David Anderson on harpsichord.Photo courtesy of University of Oklahoma



 The University of Oklahoma School of Music presents Handel’s Acis and Galatea, to be performed by the OU Collegium Musicum and the OU School of Dance as part of the Sutton Concert Series. Two performances are scheduled at 8 p.m., April 8 and at 3 p.m., April 9 in the Grayce B. Kerr Gothic Hall of the Catlett Music Center.
“The most popular of Handel’s works during his lifetime was his opera Acis and Galatea,” said Eugene Enrico, OU Reaugh professor of musicology and director of the OU Collegium Musicum. “In this concert you’ll hear the wonderful music and see it interpreted in dance. The opera tells the story of the beautiful shepherdess Galatea and her handsome boyfriend, the shepherd Acis,” noted Enrico. “Their innocent love is interrupted by the one-eyed monster Polyphemus, who also desires Galatea.  Murder ensues.”
                                                                                                 
School of Music voice students Hunter Birkhead, 1st year MFA candidate, and Dorian McCall, 2nd year Master of Music candidate, in rehearsal for Handel’s Acis and Galatea.
An orchestra of violins, cellos, bass, recorders, oboes and harpsichord will accompany a select group of ten singers. The role of Galatea will be sung by Skye Singleton and Rachel Snapp; the role of Acis by Hunter Birkhead; the role of Damon by Paul Whitehead; and the role of Polyphemus by Dorian McCall and Robert Hartfield. 
Choreography is by Austin Hartel, professor of modern dance.
All Sutton Series performances are in OU’s Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd, in your OU Arts District!  Advance purchase tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students, faculty, staff and senior adults; $10 at the door. For tickets and up-to-date information call the Fine Arts Box Office at (405) 325-4101.

Many concerts are scheduled for live stream via Internet, to see a schedule visit music.ou.edu/calendar. Please visit music.ou.edu/ for a full calendar of events and performances at the School of Music. For accommodations, please call the box office at (405) 325-4101.

Friday, March 24, 2017

OU PRESENTS SOUTH
INDIAN CLASSICAL AND
CLASSICAL DANCE
TONIGHT

                                            Courtesy of University School of Music








The School of Music presents a concert of Karnatak South Indian classical music and Bharatanatyam classical dance on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus as part of the Masala World Music Series. The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. March 24, in Sharp Concert Hall of the Catlett Music Center and features two regional artists, Lavanya Raghuraman, of Stillwater, OK and Poovalur Sriji from Denton, TX.

 

An educational workshop is scheduled for 4 p.m. March 24, and is open to the public with complimentary admission. Both artists are quite articulate about their music and dance and able to connect meaningfully with audiences.

 

Karnatak Music features vocalist Raghuraman accompanied by Sriji on the mrdangam barrel drum. The duo will play classic compositions from the 18th to 20th century repertoire of karnatak classical music of South India.

 

Karnatak music features melodic modes called raga and rhythmic cycles called tala. Performance of songs in the genres of kriti and varnam praise the array of Brahminical Hindu deities such as Vishnu, Genesh and Saraswathi. The lyrics of the pieces in the languages of Sanskrit, Telugu, and Tamil are introduced and followed by forms of melodic and rhythmic improvisation. These include alapana, free metered exposition of the raga mode, niraval, expansive improvisation on a line of text, svara kalpana, improvisation on melodic pitch names (sa ri ga ma pa da ni) and finally tani avartanam, drum solo. Some of the pieces will only include a short alapana exposition of the raga, while the third piece will include multiple forms of improvisation.

 

Bharatanatyam Dance is the world renowned classical dance of South India. Once called nautch or sadir, its control and repertoire shifted in the mid-20th century from the matrilineal hereditary dance families of Devadasis, such as those of the renowned Tanjavur Balasaraswati (1918-1984) family, who performed in palaces and temples, to the middle class Madras Brahmin community led by Rukmani Devi Arundale (1904-1986).

 

Devi established the Kalakshetra School reviving the dance with the repertoire focused on the deity Nataraj, a more masculine or athletic style with extensive use of jathiswaram (pure dance without emotion), and calling it bharatanatyam (literally India’s dance). Balasaraswati’s descendants continue to perform their family repertoire focused on Krishna, using the erotic sringara rasa or mood, and deep expressions of bhava and abhinaya (expressive storytelling using hand and face gestures). While, many other Devadasis either stopped dancing or became singers or instrumentalists, such as the famous M.S. Subbulakshmi.

 

Raghuraman, performs the vocal and dance and is the founder-director of Alapana Arts, a music and dance institution based in Oklahoma. She is a leading disciple of the esteemed Dhananjayans and trained in the 'kalakshetra' style of Bharatanatyam. She is granddaughter of Sangita Kalanidhi Dr. S. Ramanathan and trained in karnatak music by her mother, Guru Smt. R. Banumathy. A gifted individual with multi-faceted talents, she is an accomplished bharatanatyam dancer, karnatak music vocalist and violinist rolled into one. A critic writing for The Hindu newspaper describes Lavanya as “a graceful and competent dancer with clear footwork.”  Lavanya’s performances at prestigious cultural venues and festivals in Singapore, Malaysia, India, Australia, and the USA have received wide acclaim and laudable reviews in The Hindu.  She is the recipient of the title of “Natya Chudar” from Kartik Fine Arts, Chennai, as well as “Natya Visharad” from SIFAS, Singapore. Following her formal Arangetram, Lavanya’s solo performances had their beginnings at The Natyanjali Festival, Chidambaram and she has performed regularly at the Chennai Music and Dance Festival for over a decade. As a choreographer, her thematic productions on unique themes such as “Nagareshu Kaanchi,” “Alchemy of Opposites,” and “Neythal” at Esplanade, Singapore, have been internationally acclaimed and presented to sold-out audiences. Lavanya recently completed a Singapore-India-USA tour of her latest production ‘Retracting the Path – Margam’ which premiered at Kalakshetra, Chennai among other prestigious global venues. Through lecture demonstrations, master classes, workshops and seminars at institutes of higher education including the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, National University of Singapore, University of Central Oklahoma, and University of Oklahoma, Lavanya shares her thoughts on karnatak music and bharatanatyam and their propagation in the purest form. She is also a graduate of The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and is currently based in Stillwater, Oklahoma with her husband, Dr. Balaji Jayaraman.

 

Sriji, performs on the Mrdangam drum and is a prolific composer, performer, educator, and 'A' top grade artist recognized by All India Radio. He studied South Indian classical karnatak music from his father P.A. Venkataraman. For over four decades Sriji has performed with the leading artist of both South and North Indian classical traditions. Since his move to the United States in the 1980s, he has performed and recorded with artists such as Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Bela Fleck, Mark O’ Connor, John Bergamo, and Glen Velez to name a few. Sriji has received several awards from leading institutions, and the album Tabula Rasa, for which he composed and performed with Bela Fleck, V. M. Bhatt and J.P. Chen, was nominated for a Grammy. He has composed many pieces portraying the South Indian idioms and is the founding member of the world fusion group 'Brahmah'. He also founded and directed the 'SNEW' and the 'South Indian Cross Cultural Ensemble’, the first such world music ensembles in United States. He is currently a faculty member at the University of North Texas, where he conducts “the bridge” ensemble. He has also taught at CalArts and San Diego State University.

 

Tickets for the Karnatak South Indian classical music and Bharatanatyam classical dance concert may be purchased in advance for best prices by phone at (405) 325-4101, or in person through the OU Fine Arts Box Office, located in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St., Norman.

Courtesy of OU School of Music
  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

DOWNTOWN LUNCHTIME
CONCERTS RETURN 

This spring, Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc. and SandRidge Energy Corp. will partner to bring back the popular lunchtime concert series, SoundBites at Kerr Park in downtown Oklahoma City’s Central Business District.

SoundBites will include live music, yard games, and a food truck at each of four monthly events, and attendees are also encouraged to bring their lunch to the park on concert days. Picnic blankets and bottled water will be provided at no charge. Each of the free SoundBites events will feature performances by artists from The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) in Bricktown.

Event Dates                           Performers                           Food Truck

March 28                               Grant Adams                         Saucee Sicilian

April 25                                  TBD                                         The Loaded Bowl

May 23                                  TBD                                         Taste of Soul Egg Rolls

June 27                                  TBD                                         Let’s Do Greek

Spokies will be offering "No Usage Fees" during the event. From 11:30am-1:30pm, enjoy no usage fee bike rides using the promo code: 20170328. For more information about Spokies stations, visit SpokiesOKC.com.

This event open to the public at no charge, and is suitable for all ages to attend. For more information about SoundBites, including the artist lineup, visit DowntownOKC.com/SoundBites.

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Located at 102 Robert S. Kerr Ave., between Robinson and Broadway, Kerr Park is a newly-renovated space that is maintained through a partnership with the City of Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department and SandRidge Energy. SandRidge is a proud sponsor of SoundBites and the annual Santa Run events in conjunction with Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.

Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc. (DOKC) is a non-profit organization that promotes and markets downtown Oklahoma City in conjunction with numerous downtown stakeholders. DOKC also manages the downtown Business Improvement District, funds public art projects, and holds annual events. For more information, visit DowntownOKC.com.

Courtesy of Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.