Saturday, November 14, 2015


Side Story: Just West of the Musical

Side Story: Just West of the Musical

Purchase tickets online, or by calling 405.974.3375.

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7:30pm
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7:30pm
Friday, November 20, 2015, 7:30pm
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 7:30pm

Stan Kenton's instrumental jazz rendition of "West Side Story," performed by the School of Music, will be the soundtrack for the Department of Dance's interpretation of the classic story of star crossed lovers, told creatively through dance. This will feature the Kaleidescope Dancers and the Edmond Jazz Orchestra.

From staff sources


Sunday, November 15, 2015
12 to 5 p.m.

Join us this Sunday, November 15
as we celebrate families and everyone at the 
 Oklahoma City Museum of Art!
Enjoy FREE admission featuring:

  • The new, special exhibition, Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Twice Upon a Birthday, An Opera in One Act, Performed by Tulsa Opera at 2 p.m.
  • Hands-on art-making activities
  • Sketching in the galleries
  • Family gallery experiences throughout the entire Museum
  • Story Time with the Metropolitan Library
  • Art activities with MetroFamily Magazine
  • Photos with Mr. Cherry Limeade and Mr. Coney
  • Art in Color Photo Booth

Click here for parking information. 

To learn more about the exhibitions and permanent collection on view during Family Day, click here.

From staff sources

Oklahoma City Museum of Art | 415 Couch Drive | Oklahoma City | OK | 73102

Monday, November 2, 2015


Photo by Holton Rower

Hartel Dance Group celebrates its 7th year anniversary in the great OKC with  “Retrospective” a choreographic reflection on 7 years creating dances under its company banner and 30 years of work by Founder and Artistic Director Austin Hartel. Performances are Friday and Saturday November 6th and 7th at Oklahoma Contemporary 3000 General Pershing Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73107
RETROSPECTIVE  refers to the idea that one's body of work is related to and reflects the ideas, concerns, idiosyncrasies, style and voice of its author, and the means of deconstructing, re imagining and linking selected works from Hartel’s repertoire. For a look back at Hartel’s  rich history, visit 

photo by Alexander Rower Calder
Hartel started his professional dance career as a ballet dancer with the Philadelphia Opera Company, holding an AGMA contract at the age of 16. He graduated from NCSA in the early 80’s and there he discovered modern dance. He worked with the Frank Holder Dance Company, The Trockadero Ballet for a short period, the Limon Company and after that, Pilobolus Dance Theater. The diversity of his trajectory as a dancer, has given Mr. Hartel a very unique choreographic style. He reached international recognition with his own company, Dalton Hartel Dance, based in NYC and touring all over the world. The dances that we will be able to see from that era are “Asleep in the desert”, a soft take to the mesmerizing music of Billi Gibbons and  “A Cottage for Sale” a duet set to music by Dinah Washington that digs into the crumbling  moments of a relationship of a couple once deeply in love.   From his time as Director of HDG, Austin has decided to bring back “Tethered”,a piece set to the early 80’s music, “Syncopated” with original score by Aaron Robinson, and PopArt, a fun interactive dance.  Among other pieces on the program, will be the US Premiere of "Despu├ęs de la tempestad", a duet choreographed by Gloria Oviedo from Paraguay. This dance was selected as best modern dance choreography at the Concurso Nacional de danza of Paraguay, as well as the Dance Festival in Cabo Frio, Brasil.
Hartel Dance Group presents RETROSPECTIVE  Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7 at 8:00 p.m. at Oklahoma Contemporary 3000 General Pershing Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Tickets are $20.00 adult and students $15.00 and are available at For more information, visit
Photo by Skip Largent
Hartel Dance Group is funded in part by The Kirkpatrick Foundation and many generous individuals.  
Hartel Dance Group
Hartel Dance Group is a contemporary dance theater ensemble with a mission to create and perform contemporary dances that convey the essence of the human experience. Named after Founder and Artistic Director Austin Hartel, HDG's bold, interdisciplinary collaborations combine poetic choreography with sculptural shapes, projected images, and haunting original music. The resulting dances resonate with complexity and depth and provoke emotion, connection, and wonder. HDG' roster of dancers includes Thyrsa Da Rosa (Artistic Associate), Karen Boyd Bethel,  Cameron Lee, Emily Oliver, Christy Strauss, Jennifer Rader (OU) and guest artist From Brasil, Regislaine Simois (Bolshoi School), Cibele Soares and from Paraguay Carlos Fossatti and Paz Ayala (ISBA).
HDG has performed several times at venues throughout Oklahoma, including the Festival of the Arts, The Lyric Theater at the Plaza , the Rose State College PRESENTS series, The Oklahoma Contemporary Dance Festival , and appeared at noteworthy events including the grand openings of the Myriad Gardens. HDG tours to numerous festivals and theaters, including New Arts Festival in Fort Myers (Florida), Momentum in Tulsa, and most recently, the Orlando Fringe Festival (Florida) where the company was awarded PEOPLES CHOICE Best Dance Company of the Fringe.
For more information, visit