Tuesday, May 24, 2016




RACE Dance Company Partners with The Curbside Chronicle for an Intimate Look at “Home”


Through the lens of local choreographers, RACE Dance Company presents “Home” in partnership with The Curbside Chronicle for the final concert of the 2015-2016 season. Dancers will explore the true meaning of “Home” at The Loft on Film Row at 700 ½ West Sheridan in Oklahoma City on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.

A subsidiary of The Homeless Alliance, The Curbside Chronicle employs and empowers homeless and low-income individuals in Oklahoma City by allowing them to write and sell a street magazine. A magazine vendor, as well as the organization’s co-founder Rayna O’connor will be at the show to share how The Curbside Chronicle is helping Oklahomans rise out of poverty.

“There are some misconceptions out there. When you see Curbside vendors on the street, they are not panhandlers. They are people who are dedicated to transitioning out of homelessness and into housing,” said Rayna O’connor. That’s what The Curbside Chronicle is all about.”
The spirit of the magazine inspired RACE Dance’s Co-Artistic Director Brandi Kelley to choreograph a dance in “Home” called “Dignity; Curbside.”

“I’ve always admired the dignity The Curbside Chronicle brings to people. Every vendor I have every encountered is so happy to be working and proud of the product they sell,” said Kelley. “Sometimes I feel like they give me a lot more than the money I provide them with.”

Due to the nature of social content, RACE Dance Co. recommends ages 14 and up attend the show. Tickets are available for $30 online at tickets.racedance.com and at the door. Seniors can buy tickets for $20 at the door with valid identification. For more information, visit racedance.com.

RACE Summer Dance Classes

 RACE offers summer dance classes through its Race the Space program at Studio 7 located at 516 NW 23rd in Oklahoma City.

About RACE Dance Company
Hui Cha Poos created RACE Dance Company, Oklahoma’s first professional Jazz/Hip Hop/Contemporary group, in 2008. RACE is an acronym for Radical Application of Creative Energy. RACE has produced and participated in more than 75 performances throughout the city, with groups like the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Dance United Benefit. In 2010, the Oklahoma Gazette selected RACE as one of the top 5 performance companies in Oklahoma. In 2011, RACE received the Great Inspirations Award from Creative Oklahoma. RACE has more than 40 members within its three companies: RACE, Men of RACE and Junior RACE. 

RACE is an official 501(c) (3) Non-Profit Organization.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016


Perpetual Motion Dance Presents

Wanderlust will explore the desire to break the grid of our daily routines, pursuing new paths and experiences. Aerial apparatuses such as silks, harnesses, and iron squares will lift the performance off the ground and into the air. The choreography for Wanderlust will be created by director Michelle Moeller and company choreographers Kayla Jenkins, Alana Murray, Amy Nevius and Katie Noble, Kilmyn Shae. 

The company was awarded a matching grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council to assist in funding Perpetual Motion's concert. Through state appropriations and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oklahoma Arts Council funds over 1,200 events annually with an estimated total attendance of over 3.5 million. Projects funded by the Oklahoma Arts Council generally account for over $20 million in grants and matching funds distributed throughout Oklahoma's economy throughout the state's rural and urban communities.



For those of you who know Stephanie Crosby, a long time PM company member and friend, she was recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and is without insurance after losing her job during the Devon layoffs. She will need chemo and multiple surgeries. She has a sweet five month old girl and is very much in need with her increasingly difficult circumstances. If you are inclined to help, please click the link below to donate.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016


For Perpetual Motion's upcoming April class schedule and
the the April 30th auditions for the Oklahoma Contemporary
Dance Festival, please see their website at 
www.perpetualmotiondance.org. Audition pre-registrations with
a headshot and resume should be sent to perpetualinfo@gmail.com.

From staff sources 

2016-2017 SEASON

Celebrating its 45th Anniversary Season, Oklahoma City Ballet has announced its 2016-2017 lineup of performances. Season ticket subscriptions are available for three or four performance packages.
Leading off the season will be Rodeo- A Triple Bill,  October 21-23, 2016 at Civic Center Music Hall.  This triple bill presents George Balanchine’s Serenade, Robert Mills’ Our Private Rooms, and Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo.
Leading off the evening, Serenade is a milestone in the history of dance. It is the first original ballet George Balanchine created in America and is one of the signature works of New York City Ballet’s repertory.
Artistic Director Robert Mills in recent years has created popular story ballets like Beauty and the Beast and Romeo and Juliet. For the first time since he choreographed the audience favorite Pushing Pennies, Mr. Mills delves back into the world of abstract contemporary ballet with his premiere of Our Private Rooms.  
With its world famous score by Aaron Copeland, Rodeo is Agnes de Mille’s most beloved and most frequently presented ballet. Rodeo had its world premiere with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo at the Metropolitan Opera House, October 16, 1942.
This evening of will be a mix of neo-classical and contemporary ballet that will delight all audience members.   

The Nutcracker, presented by Devon Energy, will return to the stage December 10-21, 2016. Choreographed by Oklahoma City Ballet’s Artistic Director Robert Mills, The Nutcracker is Oklahoma City’s favorite holiday tradition and is the perfect first ballet for children or adults. Over 100 children from The Dance Center of Oklahoma City Ballet join Oklahoma City Ballet’s stunning professional dancers, plus the Oklahoma City Philharmonic will perform Tchaikovsky’s famous score live to complete this dreamlike production the whole family will enjoy.

The first production of the new year will be The Sleeping Beauty on February 17-19, 2017. A feast for the eyes and ears, the charming fairytale features some of classical ballet’s most challenging yet enchanting choreography.  This classic tale is the story of Princess Aurora, the evil Carabosse and the charming Prince Désiré, who pulls the Sleeping Beauty from her 100-year slumber.  The production features luxurious sets and costumes, Tchaikovsky’s glorious score performed live by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and a fanciful cast of characters.
The season will end on a high note with the vibrant, mystical fantasy of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set for April 21-23, 2017. Set to Felix Mendelssohn’s lush score, Artistic Director Robert Mills brings the classic comedy to life for this fabulous world premiere.  Follow the adventures and misadventures of a group of mortals and immortals in their quest for love.  More than 20 child dancers from our school will fill the forest as fireflies, bugs, and fairies.  Opening the evening will be a world premiere work from Denver choreographer Sarah Tallman.  Fresh off her debut as a choreographer in Southern California’s National Choreographers Initiative, Ms. Tallman’s work is influenced by the theatrical and is guided by the humility that often permeates the human spirit.  
Season tickets to three or four performances may be purchased by calling 405-848-TOES (8637).  All performances take place at the Civic Center Music Hall, 201 North Walker, Oklahoma City.  The Oklahoma City Ballet Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am-5:00 pm, and is located at 7421 North Classen, Oklahoma City.  

For more information or to purchase season tickets online, please visit www.okcballet.com or call 405-843-9898.
From staff sources 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Monday, January 18
No Art Moves, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 19
Edgar Cruz, guitarist
Downtown Library, Noon-1
This guitarist extraordinaire is well known for his chops and prowess. He has recorded over fifteen albums of classically inspired covers from bands like Queen, The Beatles, and The Eagles. Join us from Noon-1 - you don't want to miss it!
Wednesday, January 20
Gaye LeBlanc, harpist
Oklahoma Tower, Noon-1
Let the beautiful sounds of strings fill your ears and warm your heart as you break from lunch! Gaye's arrangements of classical, pop, and theme songs are sure to lighten your day!

Thursday, January 21
Cellovoce, cello sextet
Devon (Rotunda), Noon-1
What's better than cello? How about six! This group, led by instructor Thomasz Zieba, performs mesmerizing, emotive pieces that are sure to break your daily routine. Experience the music first hand from 11:30-12:30!
Friday, January 15
Chris Hicks and Mitch Bell, jazz duo
the Underground, Noon-1
Smooth vibes are coming your way at this one! Chris plays jazz sax like nobody's business, blending traditional tunes with creative interpretations in a style you won't soon forget! 

Cellovoce performing
"Oblivion" by Astor Piazolla
Chirs and Mitch
performing at Devon
Check out our December schedule
Quick Links

What's Art Moves?
Art Moves is an Arts Council Oklahoma City initiative that provides free arts events in Downtown OKC each work day from Noon-1:00. Events may include artist demonstrations or musical performances and take place in various downtown locations. The daily line-up features a wide range of artistic mediums including musical and theater performances, live art demonstrations, short film selections, and more!

405-270-4848 | info@artscouncilokc.com | www.artscouncilokc.com
400 West California
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

From staff sources


Reminder:  Concert 3 January 19

The perfect cure for cabin fever:  an evening with Brightmusic!   
And don’t forget the pre-concert reception! 

Brightmusic Concert No. 3, the Jeanette Sias Memorial Concert“Piano & Friends” featuring guest pianist Tanya Bannister.

The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present its third concert of the 2015-2016 Season, a sizzling evening of piano, strings and clarinet that will be the perfect antidote to Old Man Winter.

Join us for a special Pre-Concert Reception at 6:30 pm, hosted by Dean Justin Lindstrom and the congregation of St. Paul’s Cathedral in honor of our guest artist, our musicians, and St. Paul’s 125th anniversary!  Come meet the musicians and join the celebration in the education building next door to the Cathedral.  Then stick around for a dazzling evening of world-class chamber music.
Concert: 7:30 pm, Tuesday, January 19
at St. Paul’s Cathedral
127 NW 7th Street (at Robinson)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The works on this program are:
  1. Muczynski, Fantasy Trio, op. 26, for Piano, Clarinet and Cello
  2. Brahms, Trio in A minor, op. 114, for Piano, Clarinet and Cello
  3. Chopin, Ballade No. 4 in F minor, op. 52, for Solo Piano
  4. Fauré, Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, op. 15, for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello

Jeannette Sias

Joining pianist Tanya Bannister are Brightmusic musicians Gregory Lee (violin), Mark Neumann (viola), Jonathan Ruck (cello) and Chad Burrow (clarinet).

Program notes are posted on Brightmusic’s website.

Admission is $20 for adults; free for students and active-duty military with ID.  Season Members, please show your Season Pass at the door for admission.

BrightNews Briefs

The Music of Vienna
The dates and programs for Brightmusic’s exciting four-concert Spring Music Festival have been announced!  “The Music of Vienna” will feature compositions by some of the world’s greatest composers, spanning over 200 years from the Classical period of Haydn and Mozart through the Romantic period and into the 20th century.  The widely diverse lineup promises to delight and enchant everyone.  Mark your calendars now!  The festival dates are June 9, 11, 12 and 14, and include a Sunday matinee.  Check our website, www.brightmusic.org, for the programs and concert times.  All concerts will be at the acoustically-rich St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City.
  From staff sources