Saturday, August 24, 2013


By Nancy Condit

Carol Hamilton reading at the Depot in Norman. The Sunday reading will be at  Full Circle Book Store. Photo by Nancy Condit

The Last-Sunday Poetry Series Reading will be tomorrow, Sunday, at 2 p.m. on August at
Full Circle Book Store at 50 Penn Place. It will feature Carol Hamilton, with open mic to

Friday, August 23, 2013


By Nancy Condit

Sandro Botticelli (and Possibly Assistant). The Annunciation, ca. 1490–95. Oil, tempera, and gold leaf on walnut panel. 19 1/2 x 24 7/16 in. (49.5 x 61.9 cm). Glasgow Museums; Bequeathed by Archibald McLellan, 1856 (174). © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection. Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has opened their fall show from the Glasgow Museums with the relatively small -- 19 1/2" by 24 7/1" --  exquisite painting of Botticelli's, The Annunciation, to Guardi's landscape from the canals,  View of San Giorgio Maggiore, ca. 1760, included in well educated northern Europeans' Grand Tour, to the lush portrait of Mancini's The Sulky Boy, painted in l875.

Antonio Mancini, The Sulky Boy, 1876, Oil on canvas, 37 13/16 x 30 7/16 in. (96 x 77.l cm), Glasgow Museums: Bequeathed by David Perry, 1940 (2191), c. CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection, Photo courtesy American Federation of Arts.
"The Glasgow collection is one of the finest in Northern Europe," said president and CEO E. Michael Whitting. He is particularly pleased with the museum's being able to present the scope and quality of the Italian paintings.
Organized into five chronological sections, Of Heaven and Earth includes paintings from the five principal artistic centers of Italy -- Rome, Milan, Bologna, Florence, Siena, Naples and Venice. 

Be sure to catch the two Titians Christ and the Adulteress and Head of a Man, with the explanatory placard or one of the catalogues placed around the galleries. 

The exhibition runs August 24 - November 17. Museum hours are 10 - 5 Tuesday through Sunday, with
the museum galleries open until 9 and rooftop music and drinks on Thursdays. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, college students, and children 6-8, military with ID are free until September 2, and $5after that, and children 5 and under are free. Check with the museum for tour information.
Contact, email or call 236-3100. 


Thursday, August 22, 2013

2013 - 2014 SEASON

By Nancy Condit

Please note the proper names of these blogs posted August 21.
Software problems continue, darn. 


Wednesday, August 21, 2013


From the letter

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Dear Friends,

Hartel Dance Group has launched our first Kickstarter Campaign to support our fall season with performances in Guatemala and Oklahoma City.

Our goal is to raise $5,000.00 in 15 days and we need your support to get there. 
HDG has been invited to perform at the prestigious Brincos International Dance Festival in Guatemala CitySeptember 13th-16th. The festival will cover all of our expenses except for the plane tickets. I am so excited we have been invited and that the Company can have this great opportunity to represent Oklahoma and the US on an international stage, but if the Kickstarter goal is not reached by 12:59 AM on August 29th, it is more than likely that we will have to back out of the festival.
We are also presenting our 4th Oklahoma City Season on November 8th and 9th, where we will be premiering two new works:
"What's love go to do with it?an exploration into the many aspects of relationships and how they affect our lives, and "PopArt"  a fun, frolicsome, and colorful piece that will create a unique visual representation of the dance through our"PopArt" paint process.
I am very excited to be back in the studio creating new work, and your contributions will bring it to the stage.
Here is the link to our campaign page: HDG Kickstarter Campaign
Any amount helps and will be greatly appreciated. Be sure to check out the rewards HDG will give to all of our project's backers.

      Austin Hartel



From the press release

Newly forming contemporary dance company, Dance Theatre OKC, will hold an audition Wednesday, August 28th at 6:30 PM, at Oklahoma City Community College, located at 7777 S. May Ave. 
Male and female adult/teen dancers with training in ballet, modern dance and/or jazz are urged to attend.  Company members and apprentices will be selected.  Apprentices will work with the company and have performance opportunities as they progress.  Company dancers will have dance technique class and dance conditioning twice weekly, followed by rehearsal. There are no class charges or audition fees.

The audition will be held in the dance/aerobics room (Room 1C4) in the Wellness Center on the west side of campus.   Participants should bring either ballet or jazz shoes, or dance paws.   The audition will be conducted in the form of a low-stress dance class.  The audition is closed to the public and only audition participants will be allowed entrance.
For more information about the audition or dance company, please contact Elizabeth Hobi at


 Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble proudly announces its 2013-14 concert season, its eleventh season as Oklahoma City’s own residential chamber music ensemble.  The Season will consist of five Regular Season concerts, starting in September 2013 and concluding in April 2014, followed by Brightmusic’s third Spring Festival – “The Music of France.”   
The Ensemble will give two performances of each Regular Season concert – Monday nights in northwest OKC at All Souls’ Episcopal Church, and Tuesday nights downtown at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral.  Dates, performance venues, guest artists and programs for the Spring Festival will be announced later in the Season. 
Guest pianist Gloria Chien will play the piano at the first concert. Photo provided.

The first concert, “Souvenirs for an Archduke,” will be performed on September 16-17.  It will feature works by Ludwig van Beethoven, 20th Century American composer Samuel Barber and 20th Century Austrian-American composer Erich Korngold.  Brightmusic will host concert pianist Gloria Chien, an OKC favorite from her appearance three seasons ago, as their guest artist for this concert.  The second concert, “Sonata Evening,” will follow on November 4-5, with works by French composers Francis Poulenc and Camille Saint-Saëns, German composers Robert Schumann and Ludwig van Beethoven, and Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.      
The New Year will bring three more Regular Season concerts.  “Shanties, Songs and Serenades” on January 20-21 will showcase chamber music for winds and piano by Matthew Arnold (English), David Maslanka (contemporary American), György Ligeti (Hungarian/Austrian), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Jean Françaix (French).   
Guest cellist will appear March 10 and 11. Photo provided.
“Transcendental Doxology” on March 10-11 will feature pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn and Franz Schubert, cello.  Concert cellist Sophie Shao from New York City will be Brightmusic’s guest artist for this concert.  “And Legions Will Rise” will close the Regular Season on April 7-8, with works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, German Romantic composers Carl Maria von Weber and Louis Spohr, OKC’s own Edward Knight (Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence at Oklahoma City University) and the concert’s title work by contemporary American composer Kevin Puts.
The Spring Festival – The Music of France – will follow in June.  Details will be announced later in the season.     
Season Memberships are available for a $75/person contribution.  Individual concert tickets will be available at the door for $15/person.  Concerts are free for students with ID.  More information about the concerts, musicians, Season Memberships and individual concert tickets will be posted soon on Brightmusic’s website, 

                             Oklahoma                           Ad Astra
                                 Arts Council                       Foundation

Wednesday, August 14, 2013



From the press release

Race is growing into their Fifth season and wanting to expand.  "Be a part of Oklahoma’s only professional Jazz/Hip Hop/Contemporary Dance Company," writes artistic director Hui Cha Poos.
The three ways to be a part of the Race family are through Race Dance Company, Jr., Race, or the new Men of Race.  Race Dance Company is the main performance company comprised of dancers and apprentices wanting to experience professional dance in Oklahoma. 
"There is no age limit for Race Dance Company, but we encourage mature, responsible adults to audition.  Jr. Race is our training company made up of dancers 15-18 who want the experience of performing and training with the best in Oklahoma.  Men of Race is new this season & will feature male Hip Hop dancers."


Auditions for Jr. Race 11:00-1:00 PM
Auditions for Race Dance Company 12:00-2:00 PM
Auditions for Men of Race 1:00-3:00 PM
WHEN:            Saturday August 24th
WHO:                      Dancers interested in joining Race, Jr., Race or Men of Race
WHERE:            University of Central Oklahoma (Broncho Choral)

BASIC INFO:  Dancers can only audition for one company.  Please come 30 min. early to warm up & be ready to learn choreography during audition times.  Choreography will include Jazz/Contemporary/Hip Hop styles for Jr. and Race Company.  Hip Hop only for Men of Race.
Head-shots and resumes are preferred but not required.  Cost is $25 to audition.

For any other questions, please contact Hui at 405-410-4978
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