Wednesday, January 30, 2013


KCSC's Performance Oklahoma will broadcast
"OK Youth in Classical Music, Edition One" this
Wednesday evening at 8 p.m.

On February 6th, the program will be from the
OKC Philharmonic.

They presented the fourth Classics' Concert of their season on Saturday, January 12th.  Entitled "Pristine Visions" the program featured guest violinist Ryu Goto who stepped in at the last minute to replace injured Stefan Jackiw and two works:  the Violin Concerto in D Major, Op 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op 88 by Antonin Dvořák. Listeners will meet Ryu and hear his commentary about the concerto and about his Initiative with New York Public Schools.

From Kimberly Powell's page on the KCSC website.

Monday, January 28, 2013


For more info, call 641-8195. Thanks to Desiree Roan for passing this on.                                                                                                   

Saturday, January 12, 2013


From staff reports

Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 Northeast 23rd, is holding a Bully Prevention Forum.
On Thursday, January 17 from 6-8 pm, the therapists at Principles of Resilience Youth Development are putting on a bullying prevention awarness forum where the community can discuss what bullying is and how to prevent it from happening.

Keep yourself and your kids safe from bullying. Professional counselors will provide information, answer questions, and create a conversation about the issue of bullying today.

For more information, call 424-1437.

Keep yourself and your kids safe from bullying.
Professional counselors provide information,
answer questions, and create a
conversation about the issue
of bullying today.


Black Liberated Arts Center (BLAC), Inc. kicked off the New Year on January 2nd with professional development training for classroom teachers in the Midwest City-Del City Schools District., continuing through January 25th in the Oklahoma City Public Schools.

  The day long training January 2nd was facilitated by Stuart Stotts, John F. Kennedy Center trainer who trained music teachers in the district to use music to teach science and reading comprehension during the morning session which was followed by afternoon  training for Pleasant Hill Elementary Teachers on the definition of Arts Integration.

On January 3rd and 4th, teachers had an opportunity to observe Mr. Stotts working with students from Pre-K through 5th grade using music and storytelling to strengthen student learning in comprehension and science.  Stotts’ presentation demonstrated student engagement, class room management and discipline principles at work.

Anita Arnold, Executive Director of BLAC, Inc. said the organization’s Arts Education workshops for teachers will focus on more effective ways to teach America’s targeted areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, also known as STEM.  “By using the Kennedy Center’s approach to teaching using the arts, our schools will reap the benefits of the new national STEAM concept in action.  Research has shown that by adding Arts as a foundational piece in the learning process, students are able to think more critically and problem-solve more easily,” Arnold stated.  “We know that we are on track and are better preparing students for global competition for the workplace that demands innovation and creativity,” she stated. 

Training will continue on January 24th and 25th at Wilson Elementary Schools in the Oklahoma City Public Schools District with Kennedy Center Trainer, Marcia Daft, who specializes in using Music to teach Math.  Other schools receiving training include Dove Elementary School, Martin Luther King Elementary School and Douglass High School.  The year long program is funded in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, Kirkpatrick Foundation, Oklahoma City Public Schools and Southwest Urban Foundation

From the press release


From staff reports

“Bright Mozart” will feature five of the Brightmusic musicians plus guest artist and composer Craig Goodman, Professor of Chamber Music at the National Conservatory of Music of Strasbourg, France. 

This concert will be performed on Monday evening, January 21, at 7:30 pm at All Souls' Episcopal Church, Northwest 63rd and Pennsylvania, and on Tuesday evening, January 22, at 7:30 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Northwest 7th Street and Robinson.

The concert will feature three works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart -- two of his quartets for flute and strings, and a Fantasy of music from his last opera, "The Magic Flute," arranged for chamber ensemble  -- as well as a sonata by French Romantic composer César Franck and the world premiere of a new chamber music work, commissioned by Brightmusic, and composed by our guest Craig Goodman, Professor of Chamber Music at the National Conservatory in Strasbourg, France, who is also a flutist.  The works on the program are: (1)  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 3 in C Major, K.285; (2) Franck’s Sonata in A Major for Flute and Piano; (3) Mr. Goodwin’s new work, “Off the Beaten Bath;” (4) Mozart’s “Magic Flute Fantasy,” arranged by the contemporary American arranger/composer Michael Webster; and (5) Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 1 in D Major, K.285.   

Guest artist and composer Craig Goodman is a  concert flutist, composer and Professor of Chamber Music and Coordinator of the Chamber Music Department at the National Conservatory in Strasbourg, France.  Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark; Artistic Director of Rencontres Musicales de Genève in Switzerland.  BA and MM, Yale University; post-graduate studies in analysis and composition, École Normale Supérieure de Paris.  For more information about Mr. Goodman, visit 

Five Brightmusic musicians will appear with Mr. Goodman on this concert:  Dr. Gregory Lee, (violin), associate professor of violin at the University of Oklahoma, and Concertmaster of the OKC Philharmonic Orchestra, Mark Neumann (viola), associate professor of viola, university of Oklahoma and violist with the OKC Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Jonathan Ruck (cello), assistant professor of cello at the University of Oklahoma and principal cellist with the OKC Philharmonic Orchestra, Chad Burrow (clarinet), assistant professor of clarinet, University of Michigan, clarinetist in the clarinet-piano ensemble Duo Clarion and violin-clarinet-piano ensemble Trio Solari, and co-artistic director of Brightmusic, and Amy I-Lin Cheng (piano). concert pianist; Lecturer of Piano at the University of Michigan; faculty member at the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.  Amy is the pianist in the clarinet-piano ensemble Duo Clarion and the violin-clarinet-piano ensemble Trio Solari, and co-artistic director of Brightnusic.

The program includes Mozart's Flute Quartet No. 3 in C Major, K.285b (flute, violin, viola and cello), described in the press release as a "melodious, two-movement quartet in which the flute plays the primary role.  Mozart adapted the second movement from the sixth movement of his Serenade No. 10 for Winds, K.361/370a;  César Franck's Sonata in A Major for Flute and Piano -- Franck "helped re-focus French music from opera to orchestral and chamber music, as well as music for the keyboard;" Craig Goodman's “Off the Beaten Path” – World Premiere (violin, cello, clarinet and piano is a lyrical single-movement composition with provacative and amusing conversational fragments; Mozart's “Magic Flute Fantasy,” arr. Michael Webster,
extracts portions of the Overture, the Finale and seven arias and choruses, "ingeniously stitched together by other fragments of this ever-popular opera;" and Mozart's Flute Quartet No. 1 in D Major, K.285 (flute, violin, viola and cello) has a first movement of this quartet is “melodious;” the second movement, written in B minor (a “rare key in Mozart”) is “slow” and “eloquent;” and the third movement features a “kittenish finish” [Julian Rushton].

Admission is $10 per person (students with ID are free).  A reception with the musicians follows each performance. Information about Rest-of-the-Season Memberships is available on the website,   
 For more information, press may contact David Johnson at 216-5595.  
Brightmusic is a participant in
Allied Arts’ OKCityCard program

Friday, January 4, 2013


Two of the farmers sell to customers every Saturday.
Photo provided

By Nancy Condit

OSU-OKC Farmers Market, one of the best and oldest in the city area, is focusing on cold weather foods -- preparing and integrating them into your diet on tomorrow's, Saturday the 5th, market. In addition to information and locally grown food from Oklahoma farmers and harvesters, Kamala Gamble, co-founder of Slow Food Oklahoma City, and owner of Guilford Gardens, will speak on “Ways to Include Local Cool Weather Foods into Your Family’s Diet” at 11 a.m.

"Participants can also learn about how food was prepared at the turn of the century in central Oklahoma. Judy Howard will be signing copies of her cookbook, '1905 Cookbook,' which is based on 1905 recipes and history. Proceeds from book sales benefit Oklahoma’s hungry children" (from the press release). 

The market of growers, food preparers, and crafters from Oklahoma opens at 10 a.m. and closes at
1 p.m. It's located in the Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N. Portland Ave. on the OSU-OKC campus.