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On the Stage

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In the midst of numerous rescheduled performances, you can still enjoy a smattering of events on the stage this June. Signature Symphony performs Classics – Beethoven 5 on June 27 at the TCC Van Trease PACE. Highlighting Ludwig van Beethoven’s most frequently played and most recognized composition, this concert also offers the Hummel Trumpet...

Fun For Everyone

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Wet and wild fun is planned Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at OKC’s Riversport Rapids, with whitewater rafting, yard games, rides on the Big Water Bull and food from the Big Water Grill. Sundays are the perfect opportunity to head to Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown OKC for the Twilight Concert Series starting Aug. 4 with Red Dirt music from Wight...

Singing and Laughing

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Oklahoma concert venues offer a little of everything this month – country crooning, comedy, pop and hard rock, and rockabilly. Relive the 1990s when the Backstreet Boys hit the BOK Center stage Aug. 28. Tulsa’s Hard Rock Hotel and Casino hosts country music duo Sugarland on Aug. 1, rockers 38 Special on Aug. 4, Terry Fator on Aug. 17, and...

May Means Music

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Casinos around the state bring excellent acts to the stage. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa (hardrockcasinotulsa.com) features Steve Earle and The Dukes on May 2; Robert Cray on May 3; Alanis Morissette on May 8; Jonny Lang on May 9; Chicks With Hits on May 11; Good Charlotte on May 18; and the Nitro Comedy Tour on May 25. The...

Pop, Strings and an Oklahoma Sweetheart

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Tulsa’s own international pop sensation Hanson teams with Tulsa Symphony to present Hanson String Theory, showcasing the music of brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac with the orchestra. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. May 17. Visit tulsasymphony.org for more information. Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in A-major in the OKC Philharmonic production Classics 7 – Deep...

Country, R&B and Pop

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Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City sizzles this month. Country musician Kenny Chesney peforms May 4, followed by 1990s boy-band sensation New Kids on the Block on May 18. Pop icon Ariana Grande rounds out the month May 23. Visit chesapeakearena.com for tickets.

Spring Symphonies

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A spring lineup of classic symphonic melodies, along with some out-of-the-box presentations, beckons music lovers. Signature Symphony’s Pops 5 – Tulsa Sings! is April 5-6 with the latest rendition of its popular vocal contest, this time focused on the works of composer Leonard Bernstein and director/choreographer Jerome Robbins. On April 20, Signature Symphony is back with Classics 5 – Mahler’s...

The Tulsa Zeitgeist

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A couple of months ago in this space, I wrote about a then-upcoming event at Tulsa’s Will Rogers High School auditorium, honoring the musical legacy of one of its most famous alumni, Leon Russell. The tribute concert included the dedication of the refurbished Baldwin piano that Russell played in the ’50s for the amusement of his high school peers during their...

From Swing to Symphony

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Whether you fancy smooth jazz or classical music, Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond welcomes two world-class groups to the stage this month. For a top-shelf Valentine’s Day gift, take your beloved to the Julian Bliss Septet, which performs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Plucked from the masses by the famed jazz clarinetist for whom the group is named, these seven talented...

Russell’s Legacy Lives On

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If you’re reading this anytime after Feb. 9, then you know – or can easily find out – whether Sir Elton John paid a visit to Will Rogers High School while he was in town for his concert at Tulsa’s BOK Center that same day. Why would a rock music megastar want to take the time to drop by a...