Saturday, May 27, 2017


Courtesy of StarDance Swan
By Nancy Condit                               
Children are invited to stop by Theatre Upon a StarDance Swan Theater's paper 
play - where they build little houses, tell stories about them, and watch the StarDance Swan
dancers perform improvisational dance, says artistic director Lorrie Keller. The activities are based on Cooper Edens' book The Little World.

Activities are free. The studio is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 
and 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday. The studio is at the top of Paseo, just off of  N.W. 30th.  
Theater Upon A StarDance Swan, a 501c(3) organization, is one of the oldest troups 
involving children in Oklahoma City. 

Friday, May 12, 2017


By Nancy Condit

"After the Floating World: The Enduring Art of Japanese Woodblock Prints" and 
"The Unsettled Lens: Photography from the Permanent Collection" are interesting  
original exhibits that end Sunday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, with free 
admission for all women on Sunday in honor of Mother's Day.
While the black and white photographic exhibit was illuminating with photographers
like Alfred Stiglitz and Brett Weston, the Japanese woodblock print exhibit was
terrific because of the prints themselves, the explanations or didactics, written by the
museum, given for each print - including why the colors of the actors' faces, and the 
short films of Kabuki and NO or NOH theater performances. 
The Inasmuch Foundation funded tours of the exhibits for more than 3,300 students.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. 
Sunday. It is located at 415 Couch Drive. Admission ranges from $12 to $5, with
free admission for active military, children under 5 and all women on Mother's Day.

Perpetual Motion Dance continues its 15th anniversary
performances with Quinze on the Contemporary Arts stage  
at the State Fair Park tonight, May 12th and
Saturday May 13th at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 14th 
at 2:00 p.m.
Artistic director Michelle Moeller writes that the 
General Pershing Blvd. entrance, off May Ave., is open 
for the most part after the storm two weeks ago.
For tickets, please see the previous post.

Friday, May 5, 2017


Perpetual Motion Dance is performing QUINZE, the company's 15th anniversary concert, May 11th-13th 8:00pm and May 14th 2:00pm, 2017 at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center 3000 General Pershing Blvd, Oklahoma City 73107. Perpetual Motion Dance is a modern and aerial dance company based in Oklahoma City. They blend post modern and aerial dance techniques with a signature grace and technical ingenuity to create dance on all planes. 
The concert will open with one of the company's earliest signature works "Perpetuum Moblie" (2006), and also include six aerial dance pieces such as bungee trio "Lèche-vitrine" (2010), horizontal iron ladder piece "Chinvat Bridge" (2013), silks quartet "Where Time Stands Still" (2013) and a guest silks performance by former director Kim Kieffer.  Additionally, the company will perform works by guest choreographer Amy Querin, former company choreographer Rebecca Alca, founding company member Amy Nevius, and Artistic Director Michelle Moeller.
Perpetual Motion Dance Anniversary Concert prices are as follows: $25 Adult ($20 in Advance), $20 Student/Senior ($15 in Advance). We will offer a discount to groups of 10 or more at $15 per person.  All tickets for QUINZE are available for pickup at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center box office one hour prior to show time.
Courtesy of Perpetual Motion
Perpetual Motion Dance, P.O. Box 1916, Oklahoma City, OK 73101

Sent by in collaboration with
Constant Contact


Volume 19 No. 6  | May the Fourth, 2017
Saturday, May 6th:
Derby Day at Full Circle!
Because every First Saturday of May is Derby Day, and Miss Brown plays every First Saturday, we are going to celebrate all things Kentucky in song this Saturday!  We urge you to wear a colorful hat!
7:30 - 9:30 at 50 Penn Place.

Friday, May 12th: Zannotti's!

We play from 8:00 to 11:00. Good times!  
133 W 7th Street in Downtown Stilly.

Saturday, May 13th: UCO Jazz Lab

The Miss Brown to You Quartet will entertain you at the Jazz Lab!  With Roger Kimball on saxophone and Randy Coyne on drums.  
8:00 - 11:00 - 100 E 5th Street in Edmond.
Saturday, May 20th: Leap Coffee Roasters!

Come sample our signature coffee, and other toothsome treats, while listening to music in the back room at Leap Coffee!  
7:30 to 9:30, at 44 NE 51st Street.
...and looking ahead, we're back at Full Circle on Saturday, June 3rd.
Courtesy of Miss Brown to You

Thursday, May 4, 2017


By Nancy Condit

Austin Hartel successfully moved Human After All, with the help of Bryon Chambers, to
the Oklahoma City Museum of Art on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The ground breaking performance
using the people in the audience's cell phones and Facebook to stream the performance 
live by the audience  "around the world," and break the fourth wall was received with 
rousing applause by the standing audience.

Mario Perdomo was a standout among the dancers with his performance that included
break dancing and back flips. The other smooth dancers were  Christy Strauss, 
Kayla Witthus, Chelsea Walker, Emily Franks, Daniele Crista, Kessa Fehring, Ashley Coffin, 
and Jennifer Rader as the Human. Visit Fehring 
and Coffin were guest artists from the University of Oklahoma School of Dance, CDO. 

The timing fitted seamlessly between the Oklahoma City Marathon, the film showing 
at 2 p.m. in the same theater, and the Festival of the Arts. Hartel said that they were able 
to remove most of the multi-media show, except for a large piece that would have been 
damaged by the rain on Saturday, when they were allowed in to Oklahoma Contemporary. 
The performance was moved because of the danger of fire.

 Choreography was by Austin Hartel, the group' s artistic director and choreographer, 
with one of the ten encounters choreographed by Roxanne Lyst, who has been a member of PHILDANCO and The Alvin Ailey American Theater. The music was composed and 
arranged by Aaron Robinson, and performed both live and recorded by Robinson and 
Dillon Branscum. Images were by Skip Largent.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Brightmusic’s 5th Concert of the 2016-17 Season

“Grand Night for Winds”

7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 2
at St. Paul’s Cathedral
127 NW 7th Street (at Robinson)

The largest-ever Brightmusic wind ensemble and a guest conductor are featured in Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble’s fifth and final regular-season concert, “Grand Night for Winds,” on Tuesday, May 2, at 7:30 pm.  A grand night indeed, fourteen musicians will appear under the baton of guest Michael Haithcock performing a pair of serenades by Dvořák and Mozart.  Also making a special appearance will be a pair of instruments rarely seen in concert these days—basset horns! 

The Ensemble will present:
  1. Antonín Dvořák   Serenade for Winds & Strings in D minor, Op. 44 (for 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 3 horns, cello & double bass)
  2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Serenade No. 10 in B-flat major, K. 361 (for 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 basset horns, 2 bassoons, 4 horns & double bass.)   
Musicians appearing in this concert are: Lisa Harvey-Reed and Dan Schwartz (oboe), Chad Burrow, Tara Heitz, and Joshua Anderson (clarinet), Tara Heitz and David Cook (basset horn), Rodney Ackmann and Larry Reed (bassoon), Kate Pritchett, Heather Test, Lanette Lopez-Compton and Peggy Moran (horn), Meredith Blecha-Wells (cello), and George Speed (double bass).

The concert will take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral at 7th and Robinson in downtown Oklahoma City at 7:30 p.m.

Program notes are posted on Brightmusic’s website here.

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


BrightNews Briefs:  It’s not over ‘til it’s over!


Get Ready for Brightmusic’s 2017 Festival – “Bach and Brahms II”!

It’s not over with our Concert 5 in May.  Brightmusic will present our 6th annual Spring Chamber Music Festival in June.  The Brightmusic audience veterans will remember our very first spring chamber music festival in 2012.  The theme – “Bach and Brahms” – proved to be as popular as the idea of having a festival of classical music in Oklahoma City.  Well, since once is not enough, we are going to revive Bach and Brahms for this season’s chamber music festival.

Our sixth annual festival will feature four concerts – on Thursday evening, June 8; Sunday afternoon, June 11; Monday evening, June 12; and Tuesday evening, June 13 – at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown OKC.

The concerts will feature seven works by Johann Sebastian Bach and seven works by Johannes Brahms.  The Bach works will include two of his Brandenburg concertos (one for instrumental ensemble, one for four-hands piano), his sacred cantata “Ich habe genug,” and solo works for violin, cello and organ.  The Brahms works will include duo sonatas, a piano trio, a clarinet quintet, Volkslieder (“Folk Songs”) and Lieder (sometimes called “Serious Songs”).

Two Brightmusic audience favorites will return as guest artists for the Festival – baritone Randall Scarlata from Philadelphia and violinist Sean Y. Wang from New York City.

Festival Passes

We began taking orders for all-concert Festival Passes at the “Romanticism Revisited” concert on March 7.  Season members, as well as students and active-duty military with ID,  do not need separate Festival passes – your Season Membership passes will admit you to all four Festival concerts.  The cost of Festival Passes will be $50 per person, a $30 savings over a la carte admission charges for the four Festival concerts.

Special Festival Contributions

Brightmusic needs and welcomes additional contributions to bring you our Bach and Brahms II Festival in June.  Last year, 18 generous individuals and couples donated a total of $2,400 in tax-deductible contributions, earmarked for our “Music of Vienna” Festival.  Those contributions helped us to bring you a great four-concert festival and end our fiscal year in the black.  If you are able to help us produce Bach and Brahms II, please mail your contribution check to Brightmusic at P. O. Box 20254, Oklahoma City, OK  73156.  Thank you for your consideration!

The Festival program is posted on our website here.  More details about the music and the musicians, as well as program notes, will be posted between now and then!


Rave Reviews for Chad, Sean and Amy’s Recording, Trio Solari

When our Co-Artistic Directors—Chad Burrow and Amy I-Lin Cheng—team up with our guest Spring Festival violinist—Sean Y. Wang—they play under the ensemble name of Trio Solari.  Last year they released their first CD appropriately entitled “Trio Solari.”  It features works for violin, clarinet and piano by Milhaud, Khachaturian, OKC’s own Edward Knight, and Béla Bartók.

The new CD has received rave reviews from critic David Shea of the International Clarinet Association’s publication, The Clarinet.  Here is a sample from the review:

[This CD] is one of the most beautiful, pure and clean recordings I have reviewed over the past fifteen years.  The ensemble is tight, clear and blends well to perfection, resulting in performances that are expressive and filled with beautiful colors and textures.  

To read the complete review, please visit

It doesn’t get much better than that!  Bravo, Chad, Amy and Sean!  We’ll look forward to hearing all three of you perform the works of Bach and Brahms in June!


Brightmusic to Perform Again at the OK Mozart International Festival

Last year Brightmusic was honored to be asked to perform two morning chamber music concerts at the OK Mozart International Music Festival in Bartlesville.  We’ve been invited back again, and this year we will play an evening, headline concert on Wednesday, June 14.

Violinist Sean Wang, clarinetist Chad Burrow and pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng (appearing under the Brightmusic flag) will perform a concert that includes works by George Gershwin, Charles Ives, Joseph Tyldesley, Scott Joplin and William Bolcom, Edward Knight and Peter Schickele (aka “P.D.Q. Bach”).

After our Festival concludes on Tuesday night, June 13, plan to drive up to Bartlesville the next evening to hear more extraordinary music from the extraordinary musicians of the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble.

For more information about this concert, please visit Brightmusic’s website at or OK Mozart’s website at


Spring Means Severe Weather in Oklahoma

Oklahoma is notorious for its capricious spring weather.  In case of dangerous travel conditions, Brightmusic concerts will be postponed for the safety of our audience and musicians.  We will strive to make the decision as early in the day of the concert as possible, but weather conditions can deteriorate rapidly, especially in the case of severe thunderstorms, so there may be short notice.  If you have concerns about travel conditions, listen for an announcement on KUCO (90.1 FM).  Or you may call (405) 550-1484, (405) 216-5595, or (405) 550-7665 for concert status.  Keep these phone numbers handy—just in case.


Follow BRIGHTMUSIC on Facebook!