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A Hunger to Heal

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The 2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, Peter Markes, is shifting directions and using music to expand frontiers on a broader scale. With Markes at the helm for 15 years, the Edmond North High School Orchestra performed twice in the National Youth Concert in Carnegie Hall. The orchestra earned 15 consecutive top State...

Scores of Preparation

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Like many professional instrumentalists, Katrin Stamatis began her love affair with music as a child. She was 8 when she first picked up a violin and, with an immense amount of training, ultimately became the principal second violin with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Her path and dedication, unseen or unknown by many who...

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...

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...

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...

War and Magic

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Tulsa Symphony covers both the tragedy of war and the magic of Harry Potter during its November concert series. Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, conducted by James Bagwell, has been described as a defining masterwork of the 20th century due to its complexity and grave subject matter. “Completed in 1962, the War Requiem weaves together the Latin Mass with wartime poetry by...