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Spring Symphonies

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

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

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

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...