2011-2012 Events and Artists
FALL 2011Girls Night: The Musical
Entertainment Events, Inc. and OCCC present the Off-Broadway hit Girls Night: The Musical, a touching and hilarious "tell-it-like-it-is" look at the lives of a group of female friends. Girls Night follows five friends as they re-live their past, celebrate their present and look to the future on a wild and hilarious karaoke night out. The musical is bursting with energy and is packed with hits like Lady Marmalade, It's Raining Men, Man, I Feel Like a Woman, I Will Survive, We Are Family and many more.David Burgess
David Burgess, recognized as one of today’s outstanding guitarists, has a masterful way with Latin American music. The Washington Post says of his music: “beautifully played…impressive technique and a fine sense of style.” Through his extensive travels in Spain and Latin America, Burgess has explored traditional guitar styles, along with many popular and folkloric types of music.Imani Winds
This Grammy-nominated wind quintet has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Imani Winds takes a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming and genre-blurring collaborations. The group continues to enrich the traditional wind quintet repertoire while bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.Time for Three
The Time for Three string trio will present a concert that transcends traditional classification by including elements of classical, country-western, gypsy and jazz idioms, forming a blend all its own. The group gained instant attention in 2003 by breaking into an impromptu jam session during a lightning-induced power outage when playing with The Philadelphia Orchestra. To date, the group has performed more than two hundred engagements as diverse as its music: from featured guest soloists with The Philadelphia Orchestra to opening for K.D. Lang.Alley Cats
Tight harmonies, universal humor, and unbelievable a cappella energy have made The Alley Cats “America’s Premier Doo-Wop Group”. The Cats never miss a beat as they bring their own contemporary style to the great songs of the 50s and 60s. Alley Cat’s accomplishments also include numerous TV shows, radio jingles, and thousands of live stage performances.
This Kansas City-based vocal octet will present Should Have Been Choral, an evening of a cappella musical arrangements of secular songs originally composed as orchestral symphonies, operatic overtures, and music from Broadway shows and pop songs. Since 2003, Octarium (which is Latin for “Eight as One”) has gained a national reputation for performances immersed with what composer Morton Lauridsen called “stunning artistry combined with an absolutely beautiful blending of voices.”Valentine’s Dinner/Ron Radford
Take your sweetie to dinner and a concert featuring guitarist Ron Radford on Valentine’s Day. Radford, an American Flamenco guitarist, will present an evening of expert Flamenco music for all guests at OCCC’s Valentine Dinner.
Radford has evoked standing ovations on four continents and has been acclaimed in Mexico City for performances said to be equal to those on any Flamenco stage in Madrid, Seville or Andalusia. His Carnegie Hall recital and Kennedy Center concerts were enthusiastically received, but perhaps his highest tribute comes from Madrid: “He has duende, the Spanish equivalent of soul!” Radford is the only individual to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain in Flamenco guitar.Montana Repertory Theatre/Doubt: A Parable
During the winter of 2012, the award-winning Montana Repertory Theatre will present John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, Doubt tackles faith, trust, dishonesty, friendship and the church with a clever and insightful touch. Doubt provides that rare evening of theatre that thoroughly entertains and is altogether captivating emotionally, psychologically, and intellectually. Playwriting on the highest level, Doubt was made into a movie in 2008 starring Glenn Close and Philip Seymour Hoffman.Visthèn
Guests to the concert of Visthèn, seventh-generation Acadians and descendants of Canada's original French-speaking population, will enjoy a sound that incorporates elements of the new styles of music while staying true to essential Acadian roots. Visthèn’s sound is essentially Celtic, but with a difference. The songs are performed in French, by each band member alone or in four-part harmony. The musicians are accomplished multi-instrumentalists and step dancers incorporating the fiddle, guitar, accordion, penny whistle, banjo, mandolin, piano, jaw harp and more.Tulsa Ballet II
Tulsa Ballet II, the official Pre-Professional Ensemble of Tulsa Ballet Theatre, will bring the season to a close with an evening of modern dance. Guests will enjoy talented young men and women who have been invited to Tulsa to refine their artistic and technical skills by working with the upper levels of the school and the professional company.