Auditions begin April 1 for the Tulsa PAC Youth Choir, a new community performance program designed for students ages 11-18.
Jeremy Stevens, Director of Community Engagement for PAC, will lead the choir, which seeks to promote achievement through quality music education, community engagement and the pursuit of artistic excellence.
Auditions will take place virtually until April 29. For complete audition information: tulsapac.com/p/engagement/youth-choir.
Those selected for the choir will be announced in May and rehearsals will begin in September. Two public performances are planned and scheduled, as well as various additional performances throughout the community. Opportunities to learn and perform with touring artists will also be available.
The Tulsa Performing Arts Center has previously established various engagement programs to help Tulsans discover, see, and participate in the performing arts, such as Orbit Arts, which offers free art classes and performance opportunities; Any Given Child, which presents theatrical performances to all kindergarten students at Tulsa Public Schools; and the Imagination series, which is aimed at families with children in grades 1 to 5.
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TPAC’s new youth choir is designed for the age group that has been left out a bit by other programs, said TPAC CEO Mark Frie.
“Equal access to the arts is something I’m passionate about,” Frie said. “I am very excited to launch this program as it will give children access to highly qualified choral music educators while giving them the chance to perform and make new friends.”
A ‘Titan’-ic concert
The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra will perform three highly acclaimed orchestral works at its next concert, titled “Titan,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2 at the Tulsa PAC, 101 E. Third St.
The concert takes its name from Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, which has been given the nickname “Titan”. Mahler himself used this name for the symphony in early versions of the work, when he referred to it as a symphonic poem, each of the movements having an ambiguous descriptive phrase.
Mahler would later dispense with the programmatic notes and the name “Titan” once the symphony had reached its finished four-movement form. But the music of Symphony No. 1 certainly lives up to the expectations of the name “Titan”, as it evolves from the bucolic sounds of nature to a frenzied funeral march.
The concert will also feature Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, a piece written when the composer was only 17 years old. It is perhaps best known as the music used for the opening credits of the film “Amadeus”.
Also on the program is the third overture that Beethoven wrote for his only opera, which he still called “Leonore”. He would write a fourth overture, titled after the opera’s new name, “Fidelio”, when he realized his “Leonore” Overture No. 3 worked better as a stand-alone piece.
James Bagwell, former Music Director of Light Opera Oklahoma and frequent guest of the Tulsa Symphony, returns to the podium to conduct.
Tickets cost between $20 and $70. 918-584-3645, tulsasymphony.org.
“Opera in Bloom”
Filstrup’s resident artists from Tulsa Opera will be featured at “Opera in Bloom,” a fundraising event for Tulsa Opera, at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, at the Inner Circle Vodka Bar, 410 N. Main St.
The evening includes a silent auction, two performances by Filstrup’s resident artists, as well as specially created cocktails. A portion of all bar sales, including purchases of “The Soprano”, made with peach and rosemary infused vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice and lemonade, and “The Tenor “, a blend of carrot, honey and lemon-infused whiskey with ginger ale, will benefit Tulsa Opera’s education and outreach programs.
The final production of the season on the Tulsa Opera Main Stage will be a one-of-a-kind immersive version of Richard Strauss’ “Salome,” conceived and directed by Tulsa native Thaddeus Strassberg. For more information: www.tulsaopera.com.