Fall Arts Preview

The Experience, AHHA Tulsa, ongoing. By John Bivens, courtesy AHHA Tulsa

Visit a Broadway show. Spend a night at the symphony. Explore an art exhibition. The 2018-2019 season for Oklahoma’s premier museums, entertainment agencies, performing arts centers and theater troupes bring world-class entertainment right to your doorstep.

Time for Three, Oct. 18. Photo courtesy Armstrong Auditorium

Armstrong Auditorium

Sweeping music from around the globe comprises an exciting season at Armstrong Auditorium. “We are celebrating our 20th season this year with some famous familiar faces from early on in our series, plus some other legendary names debuting here,” concert manager Ryan Malone says. “We are excited to share these world-class artists with our fellow Oklahomans.” Highlights include Anne Akiko on Nov. 1; The Russian National Ballet’s Swan Lake on Jan. 29; and the Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 24. Visit armstrongauditorium.org for details.


Hamilton, Aug. 20-Sept. 8. Photo by Joan Marcus courtesy Celebrity Attractions

Celebrity Attractions

From wicked witches to waitresses to an influential founding father, Celebrity Attraction’s newest season brings Broadway hit after hit to Tulsa. The season opens with Wicked, which runs Sept. 5-23, the wildly popular musical that sheds light on the “true story” of the Wicked Witch of the West – Elphaba. Waitress, the creation of pop sensation Sara Bareilles, tells the story of Jenna, a small town baker who wants to rebuild her life, which runs April 16-21. The season closes with the musical sensation of the decade – Hamilton – running Aug. 20-Sept. 8. For more information, visit celebrityattractions.com. 

The Buffalo Trail, ca. 1867. Oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 48 inches. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA. Gift of Martha C. Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Paintings, 1815-1865. 47.1268.

Gilcrease Museum

Gilcrease Museum, which holds the largest repository of American West art in the world, doesn’t disappoint with its 2018-2019 season. Must-sees include Americans All!, an ongoing exhibition beginning Sept. 1, which features immigrant artists from Gilcrease’s permanent collection, and Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West. Largely considered one of America’s best Western landscape artists, Bierstadt commonly used American Indians and bison as the centerpieces for his art. The exhibition runs Nov. 3-Feb 10. Visit gilcrease.org for details.

Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917). Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (Petite danseuse de quatorze ans), model executed ca. 1880; cast in 1922. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. State Operating Fund and the Art Lovers’ Society. Photo: Travis Fullerton. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


Two majors exhibitions come to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art this season: Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement and Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. “This season is yet another exciting year at OKCMOA,” says president and CEO E. Michael Whittington. “This season will offer unparalleled access to masterworks in Oklahoma City.” Victorian Radicals explores the young, rebellious artists of the 19th century, while Van Gogh, Monet, Degas features works from the titular artists as well as other French and European master artists such as Edouard Manet and Henri Rousseau. Visit okcmoa.com for details. 

Photo courtesy OKC Phil

OKC Philharmonic

OKC Philharmonic recently saw the appointment of a new music director, Alexander Mickelthwate, and he doesn’t disappoint with his first season at the helm, entitled Phil the Electricity. The season opener, The Rebels on Sept. 15, welcomes the talents of Canterbury Voices, the Oklahoma City University Chamber Choir and the OCU University Singers troupe. Other concerts of the season include Revolution: The Beatles Symphonic Experience on Jan. 4-5 and the Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel on March 1-2. Visit okphil.org for tickets and details. 

Royce Myers Art Ltd.

Tulsa-based art gallery Royce Myers Art Ltd. opened its doors to the public in 2017, along with continuing to help numerous clients find pieces from its substanial inventory. September welcomes artist Jean Richardson to the gallery for a public showing.

Jean Richardson, Sept. 7-ongoing. Autumn Endeavor, 40×60, courtesy Jean Richardson

“Jean Richardson is an Oklahoma artist – she’s very well known, having shows in New York, Santa Fe, Colorado,” Myers says. “She used to show here, but she hasn’t in a long time. This show is sort of welcoming her back to Oklahoma.”

Richardson, who has a studio in OKC, is known primarily for her abstract paintings of horses, drawing from her Oklahoma roots and connection to the frontier west. 

The show’s opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the gallery. The show has no concrete closing date but will run through September. Visit roycemyers.com for details.

Photo courtesy Sam Noble Museum

Sam Noble Museum of Natural History & Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

The University of Oklahoma’s two on-campus museums offer a bevy of art and exhibitions to explore this year. Upcoming exhibitions at FJJMA include Ticket to Ride from Oct. 5 to Dec. 30 and Daren Kendall: Threshold With Me from Oct. 16 to Dec. 30. Ticket explores the relationship between train transportation and art during key decades in passenger travel, while Threshold uses sculpture to explore themes of love, loss, suffering and spiritual growth. At Sam Noble, explore the fascinating history of the largest shark that ever lived at Megalodon through Jan. 6, or enjoy the photos on display during Osage Weddings, running March 29-June 30. For more information, visit ou.edu/fjjma and samnoblemuseum.ou.edu.

Autumn in the Garden, Oct. 4-Nov. 11. Photo courtesy Tulsa Botanic Garden

Tulsa Botanic Garden

Enjoy the outdoors this autumn with a collection of community-centric events at Tulsa Botanic Garden. The organization welcomed its first sculpture exhibit in March, and guests can meet the artist, Christopher Curtis, at a farewell reception Aug. 26. For those with a passion for gardening, enjoy Writers with Dirty Hands on Sept. 29. This informative day uncovers the lives of Vita Sackville-West and Eudora Welty, two writers who incorporated their passions for gardening and nature into their literature. For more information, visit tulsabotanic.org. 

Hanson String Theory, May 17. Photo courtesy Tulsa Symphony

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra’s season is brimming with concerts, chamber music performances and movie-music shows. The fun kicks off Sept. 7 at Guthrie Green with Symphony in the Park, a Tulsa tradition that includes a dazzling fireworks finale. Another highlight is the Chamber Music Series – Fridays in the Loft – which offers an intimate evening of music, Q&A sessions with musicians and light hors d’oeuvres at the Fly Loft downtown. The season concludes with Hanson String Theory, which brings the beloved Hanson brothers to the TSO stage on May 17. Visit tulsasymphony.org for details.

Photo courtesy 108 Contemporary

108 Contemporary, TUL

  • Amanda McCavour: Diaphanous Embroidery
    Aug. 3-Sept. 23
  • VisionMakers2018
    Oct. 5-Nov. 25
  • Northeastern Oklahoma Wood Turners Association Show
    Dec. 7-Jan. 20

Ahha Tulsa

  • The Experience
  • Spection: Coalescence
    Aug. 3- Sept. 23
  • TAC Members Show
    Oct. 5-Nov. 25
The Experience, AHHA Tulsa, ongoing. By John Bivens, courtesy AHHA Tulsa

American Theatre Company, TUL

  • The Reckoning of Kit & Little Boots
    Oct. 5-13
  • A Christmas Carol
    Dec. 7-23
  • R.U.R.
    March 8-16
  • What the Butler Saw
    May 31-June 8

Armstrong Auditorium, Edmond

  • Time for Three
    Oct. 18
  • Anne Akiko Meyers with Gerard Schwarz and Mozart Orchestra of New York
    Nov. 1
  • Vienna Boys Choir
    Nov. 20
  • Bach Collegium Japan
    Dec. 4
  • Swan Lake
    Jan. 29
  • Julian Bliss Septet
    Feb. 14
  • Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra
    Feb. 24
  • Celtic Nights
    March 11
  • Canadian Brass
    April 2
Elton John, BOK Center, Feb. 9. Photo courtesy BOK Center

BOK Center, TUL

  • Imagine Dragons
    Aug. 1
  • Panic! At the Disco
    Aug. 5
  • Chris Young
    Sept. 15
  • Fleetwood Mac
    Oct. 3
  • Bruno Mars
    Oct. 11-12
  • Ozuna
    Oct. 19
  • 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince
    Oct. 20
  • Kevin Hart
    Oct. 28
  • Cirque du Soleil Crystal
    Nov. 7-11
  • Paw Patrol Live
    Dec. 1-2
  • Metallica
    Jan. 18
  • Elton John
    Feb. 9
  • Jeff Dunham
    Feb. 14
  • Shawn Mendes
    July 20

Broken Arrow Community Playhouse 

  • Daddy’s Dyin’
    Oct. 12-14, 19-21
  • A Winter Rose Christmas
    Dec. 7-9, 14-16
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged
    Feb. 8-10, 15-17
  • Steel Magnolias
    April 5-7, 12-14
  • Godspell
    June 7-9, 14-16
  • Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center
  • Monty Python’s Spamalot
    Nov. 6
  • The Ten Tenors
    Nov. 11
  • David Phelps
    Dec. 15
  • Home Free
    Dec. 29
  • Jersey Boys
    Feb. 18
  • Something Rotten!
    May 4

Canterbury Voices, OKC

  • War Requiem
    Nov. 11
  • Canterbury Christmas
    Dec. 2
  • Carmina Burana
    April 13

Celebrity Attractions, TUL

  • Wicked
    Sept. 5-23
  • Love Never Dies
    Oct. 30-Nov. 4
  • The Play that Goes Wrong
    Feb. 26 – Mar. 3
  • Waitress
    April 16-21
  • Fiddler on the Roof
    June 18-23
  • Hamilton
    Aug. 20-Sept. 8

Chamber Music Tulsa

  • Quicksilver Baroque
    Sept. 9
  • Montrose Trio
    Sept. 22-23
  • Tesla Quartet
    Oct. 12-14
  • Brentano Quartet with Hsin-Yun Huang
    Nov. 9-11
  • Kenari Saxophone Quartet
    Jan. 26-27
  • Gryphon Trio
    March 1-3
  • Carpe Diem String Quartet
    April 26-28

Chesapeake Energy Arena, OKC

  • Fall Out Boy
    Sept. 22
  • Thomas Rhett
    Oct. 12
  • The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour
    Nov. 3
  • Justin Timberlake
    Jan. 26
  • P!NK
    March 23

Choregus Productions, TUL

  • Piaf: No Regrets
    Sept. 7
  • 10 Hairy Legs
    Oct. 20
  • Sounds of Science: Jeff Ziegler
    Jan. 25
  • Compagnie Herve KOUBI
    March 5

Civic Center Music Hall, OKC

  • Miranda Sings Live … No Offense with Special Guest Colleen Ballinger
    Aug. 11
  • Vince Gill
    Aug. 18
  • Johnny Mathis with Gary Mule Deer
    Sept. 6
  • Danny Gokey: Hope Encounter Tour
    Oct. 11
  • Straight No Chaser – One Shot Tour
    Nov. 8
  • An Evening with David Sedaris
    Nov. 14
  • Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
    Nov. 16
  • Lewis Black: The Joke’s on Us Tour
    Dec. 6
  • Congregation B’Nai Emunah, TUL
  • Rise Up Singing at the Synagogue
    Aug. 19
  • Shabbat for Everyone
    Aug. 24
  • Sisterhood Wellness Kickoff Event
    Aug. 26
  • Kapparot: Releasing the Doves
    Sept. 16

Cox Business Center, TUL

  • Wild Brew
    Aug. 25
  • BrickUniverse Tulsa LEGO Fan Expo
    Sept. 29-30 
  • Runway Tulsa
    Sept. 29
  • Zarrow Mental Health Symposium
    Oct. 4-5
  • Kicklahoma
    Oct. 7
  • The Big Mad Morning Show presents: Ghost
    Oct. 26
  • Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute
    Nov. 2
  • Taste of the City Cooking Show
    Nov. 3
  • Crash Landed
    Feb. 15
  • Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art,  NORMAN
  • Space Burial
    Through Sept. 2
  • Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art
    Through Sept. 9
  • Ticket to Ride: Artists, Designers, and Western Railways
    Oct. 5-Dec. 30
  • Daren Kendall: Threshold With Me
    Oct. 16-Dec. 30
  • Still Looking: The Photography Collection of Carol Beesley Hennagin
    Through Dec. 30
  • Seeds of Being
    Through Dec. 30
  • Visualizing Art History
    Through Dec. 30

Gilcrease Museum, TUL

  • Americans All!
    Sept. 1-Ongoing
  • T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America
    Through Oct. 7
  • Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo
    Through Nov. 28 
  • Albert Bierstadt: Witness to a Changing West
    Nov. 3-Feb. 10
  • Hidden in Plain Sight II: Unexpected Views of Gilcrease Museum
    Through Dec. 31
  • Exploring the Big Trail
    Through Dec. 31
  • To Endure in Bronze
    Through Dec. 31
  • The Chisholm Kid: Lone Fighter for Justice for All
    Dec. 15-March 17

Living Arts of Tulsa

  • Recess/ed: Texture, Sound, Vision
    Sept. 7-Oct. 12
  • Johnny Laguardia’s Trinitron Mixtape
    Oct. 19-20
  • Dia de los Muertos: Festival and Exhibition
    Nov. 1-17
  • Tulsa Artist Fellowship + Living Arts: Curating for the Vital
    Dec. 7-Jan. 11

Lyric Theatre, OKC

  • When We’re Gone
    Sept. 26-Oct. 14
  • A Christmas Carol
    Nov. 23-Dec. 24
  • Curious George: The Golden Meatball
    Jan. 23-Feb. 17
  • Girlfriend
    Feb. 27-March 17
  • Bright Star
    April 3-21
  • Singin’ in the Rain
    June 25-June 30
  • Disney’s Newsies
    July 9-July 14
  • Titanic
    July 23-July 28

Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee

  • On the Road Again: Art and Objects of Travel
    Through Sept. 2
  • Sacred Landscapes: The Photographs of Lorran Meares
    Sept. 22-Oct. 28
  • Regional
    November 9-25
  • Jesse Rieser: Christmas in America
    Dec. 22-Jan. 27
  • Treasures
    Feb. 9- March 24
  • Linus Bailey
    May 4-June 23

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, OKC

  • American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters
    Sept. 1-May 12 
  • Cowboy Crossings
    Oct. 4-Jan. 6
  • Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale
    Nov. 9-Nov. 25
  • Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend
    Nov. 8-10 
  • In the Principles Office: Tom Ryan the Art Student
    Through Nov. 11
  • The 47th Annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale
    June 7-Aug. 11

OKC Ballet

  • Alice in Wonderland
    Oct. 26-28
  • The Nutcracker
    Dec. 14-23
  • La Sylphide
    Feb. 22-24
  • Visionaries: A Triple Bill
    April 19-20

OKC Broadway

  • Les Miserables
    Sept. 18-23
  • Love Never Dies
    Nov. 13-18
  • The Phantom of the Opera
    Jan. 9-20
  • On Your Feet!
    Feb. 5-10
  • A Bronx Tale
    March 5-10
  • Waitress
    March 19-24
  • Cats
    May 21-26
  • Hamilton
    July 30- Aug. 18

OKC Philharmonic

  • Classics 1, The Rebels
    Sept. 15
  • Classics 2, Wild Individualism
    Oct. 6
  • Pops 1, Melinda Doolittle
    Oct. 12-13
  • Classics 3, Fantastic Contrasts
    Nov. 3
  • Pops 2, The Christmas Show
    Nov. 29-Dec. 1
  • Pops 3, Revolution: The Beatles Symphonic Experience
    Jan. 4-5
  • Classics 4, Independent Creativity
    Jan. 26
  • Pops 4, The Hot Sardines
    Feb. 1-2
  • Classics 5, Impressionist Variations
    Feb. 16
  • Pops 5, The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel
    March 1-2
  • Classics 6, Grand Romanticism
    March 16
  • Pops 6, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in Concert
    March 29-30
  • Classics 7, Dance of the Seasons
    April 6
  • Classics 8, Deep German Romanticism
    May 11

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

  • The Art of Oklahoma
    Through Sept. 2 
  • Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper
    Through Sept. 9
  • Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement
    Oct. 13-Jan. 6
  • The New Art: A Milestone Collection 50 Years Later
    Through Dec. 30
  • Dale Chihuly: Magic & Light
    Through Dec. 31
  • Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
    June 22-Sept. 22 

Oklahoma City Town Hall

  • Dr. G. Keith Smith
    Sept. 20
  • Jimmy Wayne
    Oct. 18
  • Patrick Moore
    Nov. 15
  • Nancy Miller
    Feb. 21
  • Meredith Meuwly
    March 21
  • Shelly Finley
    April 18

Oklahoma State University Business Forums, Stillwater

  • Bozoma Saint John
    Nov. 7
  • Daniel Coyle
    Feb. 6-7
  • Frank Abagnale
    April 9-10

Philbrook Museum of Art, TUL

  • Hopi Bean Dance Kachinas (Philbrook Downtown)
    Aug. 4-Nov. 4
  • Remember This: Life on Video (Philbrook Downtown)
    Sept. 7-Jan. 6
  • Innovative Impressions
    Through Sept. 9
  • Amazing! Mel Bochner
    Oct. 14-Jan. 6
  • Flutter
    Through Oct. 21
  • Zink Rotunda Series: Rachel Hayes
    Through Nov. 1
  • The Modern American Landscape, 1900-1960
    Feb. 3-May 27

Royce Myers Art Ltd., TUL

  • Jean Richardson
    Sept. 7-Ongoing

Sam Noble Museum, Norman

  • Putting Baskets to Work in Southwest China
    Through Aug. 12
  • Megalodon: Largest Shark That Ever Lived
    Through Jan. 6
  • Winged Tapestries
    Jan. 26-May 12
  • Osage Weddings
    March 29-June 30
  • Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost
    May 25-Sept. 2

Sapulpa Community Theatre

  • A Murder is Announced
    Oct. 5-7, 12-14
  • Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
    Dec. 7-9, 14-16

Signature Symphony, TUL

  • Pops 1: The Streisand Songbook
    Sept. 7
  • Classics 1: Symphonic Dances
    Sept. 22
  • Pops 2: Star Wars and Beyond
    Oct. 19
  • Classics 2: Beethoven’s Eroica
    Nov. 3
  • Pops 3: Christmas in Tulsa
    Dec. 14
  • Classics 3: Bach and Sons, Inc.
    Jan. 26
  • Pops 4: Breaking Good
    Feb. 15
  • Classics 4: Power of Diversity
    March 16
  • Pops 5: Tulsa Sings! II
    April 5
  • Classics 5: Mahler’s Resurrection
    April 20

Science Museum Oklahoma, OKC

  • Decomposition: Discovering the Beauty and Magnificence of Fungi
    Through Aug. 12
  • Tinkerfest
    Sept. 29 
  • Camp Smonawanna: Salute Your Science
    Aug. 17, Oct. 19
  • Into the Fold: The Art and Science of Origami
    Through Jan. 13

Theatre Tulsa

  • Newsies
    Aug. 10-26
  • Barnum
    Nov. 2-10
  • Beauty & The Beast
    Jan. 4-20
  • My Fair Lady
    Feb. 22-March 2
  • The Wedding Singer
    April 5-14

Theatre Tulsa Academy

  • Les Miserables: School Edition
    Dec. 7-16
  • The Wizard of Oz
    May 3-5
  • Theatre Tulsa Next Stage
  • Hedwig & the Angry Inch
    Sept. 6-15
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-time
    May 18-26

Theatre Pops, TUL

  • Heisenberg
    Aug. 3-12
  • Lungs
    Aug. 3-12
  • Shakespeare in Love
    Aug. 3-12
  • Circle Mirror Transformation
    Nov. 9-18
  • Songs for a New World
    Dec. 14-23
  • Sunday in the Park with George
    Feb. 15-24
  • Denim Doves
    April 2019

Tulsa Ballet

  • TBII: On Your Radar
    Aug. 24-26
  • Creations in Studio K
    Sept. 14-23
  • Peter and the Wolf
    Oct. 5 & 12, Nov. 16, Jan. 18, March 9
  • Dracula
    Oct. 26-28
  • The Nutcracker
    Dec. 8-23
  • The Sleeping Beauty
    Feb. 22-24
  • Tchaikovsky
    March 29-31
  • TBII: Next Generation
    April 26-28
  • Signature Series
    May 9-12

Tulsa Botanic Garden 

  • Perseid Meteor Show Viewing
    Aug. 11
  • Music Night – Susan Herndon and Bella Counsel
    Aug. 16
  • Lifting the Landscape Artist Reception with Christopher Curtis
    Aug. 26
  • Writers with Dirty Hands:
    Sept. 29
  • Autumn In the Garden
    Oct. 4-Nov. 11
  • Tulsa Botanic Blooms
    March 15-April 21

Tulsa Opera

  • The Barber of Seville
    Oct. 19, 21
  • The Little Prince
    Feb. 15,17
  • Don Giovanni
    May 3, 5

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

  • Beyond Desert
    Aug. 1-30
  • 50 Years of Bollywood
    Aug. 4
  • Clothed in Strength and Dignity
    Sept. 5-Oct. 1
  • Diary of a Worm, a Spider and Fly
    Sept. 28
  • Black Violin
    Sept. 29
  • Fact Meets Fiction
    Oct. 4-Nov. 5
  • Arcattack
    Oct. 26
  • Making Connections
    Nov. 8-29
  • An Evening with David Sedaris
    Nov. 13
  • Alice in Wonderland
    Nov. 16
  • Vibrant Reflections of Tulsa
    Dec. 4-27
  • Professor Smart
    March 8

Tulsa Town Hall

  • Vicente Fox
    Oct. 5
  • Lisa Genova
    Nov. 16
  • Lara Logan
    Feb. 1
  • Platon
    March 8
  • Sarah Parcak
    April 12

Tulsa Symphony

  • Symphony in the Park
    Sept. 7
  • Fridays in the Loft Chamber Music 1
    Sept. 21
  • Classics I: Opening Night Gala Concert with Lynn Harrell
    Oct. 6
  • Classics II: Britten’s War Requiem
    Nov. 11
  • Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
    Nov. 17-18
  • Home Alone
    Dec. 1
  • Classics III: Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet
    Jan. 5
  • Fridays in the Loft Chamber Music II
    Jan. 18
  • Classics IV: Shostakovich’s 7th Symphony
    Feb. 2
  • Fridays in the Loft Chamber Music III
    March 15
  • Classics V: Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances
    April 13
  • Fridays in the Loft Chamber Music IV
    April 26
  • Hanson: String Theory
    May 17

University of Tulsa Presidential Lecture Series

  • Janna Levin
    Oct. 2
  • Pablos Holman
    March 26

Woody Guthrie Center, TUL

  • Tarantula on Film
    Aug. 26
    Aug. 31-Jan. 6

Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve, Bartlesville

  • Astronomy Night
    Aug. 18
  • Animal Barn (weekends only)
    Sept. 4-Dec. 24
  • Fall Trail Ride
    Sept. 8
  • Cow Thieves and Outlaws Reunion
    Sept. 29
  • Fall Traders Encampment
    Oct. 5-6
  • Wonderland of Lights (weekends only)
    Nov. 23-Dec. 23