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Johannes Brahms breathed new life into the symphony with his first work in the genre which made possible further developments in the form by later symphonists including Jean Sibelius and Carl Nielsen, both of whom spent their student years in Vienna. Orchestral master works by the three composers transcribed for chamber ensembles were featured in the second concert of the new season presented by the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble on Tuesday, October 18th at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City.

A Nevada man has been arrested in connection with the death of an Oklahoma man who was found dead in his burning home.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday that Russell Dumlao of Reno was arrested on complaints of first-degree murder, first-degree arson, kidnapping and a weapons charge.

Joined in a lively and colorful trio, together since 2005, the members of Ensemble Schumann appeared as guests of Southeastern Oklahoma State University's Musical Arts Series, the concert presented on Thursday, October 27th at the University's Fine Arts Recital. Oboist Tom Gallant, violist Steve Larson and pianist Sally Pinkas have performed in notable concert halls across America and have appeared the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Lucerne, Spoleto and Mostly Mozart Festivals.

Now in its second decade, The Ying Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications, its performances regularly take place in many of the world's most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. At the same time, the Quartet's belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House.

Grove Woman Votes for the First Time in 90 Years

Nov 8, 2016

An Oklahoma woman made history Tuesday by casting her ballot for the first time at 90 years old during the 2016 General Election.

 The Grove Sun reports that Marge Snowden was born six years after women received the right to vote, but for a variety of reasons never registered to vote. When Snowden married her husband, she spent her time raising the family and left the voting to her husband.  

 Snowden cast her vote for Donald Trump, saying that she thinks he is a better leader and trusts men to lead.  

Following the tradition of elegiac Russian piano trios, Shostakovich wrote his secondwork in the genre during the waning years of World War II in memory of his dear friend Ivan Sollertinsky, some fifty years after Tchaikovsky had completed his trio for piano and strings in memory of Nikolai Rubinstein. Both works are featured on the season opening concert presented by the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma on Tuesday, September13th at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City.

Conductor Andrés Franco and violinist Stefan Milenkovich joined the OKC Philharmonic for the second Classics concert of the orchestra’s 28th season, presented on Saturday, October 1st at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City. The concert, the first of six projected programs presenting guest conductors auditioning for the position of music director, succeeding founder of the orchestra maestro Joel Levine. Mr.

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A Tulsa County judge has refused to recuse the judge scheduled to hear the murder trial of a former Tulsa police officer.

District Judge Rebecca Nightingale on Thursday rejected the request by the attorney for former officer Shannon Kepler and turned down a request for a stay of the trial that's to begin Monday.

Nightingale says the request by attorney Richard O'Carroll to recuse Judge Sharon Holmes "smacks of abuse of the legal system."

This week Performance Oklahoma presents the debut broadcast from the Musical Arts Series presented by Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant! This wonderful series enjoys the support of the Clark and Wanda Bass Foundation, the Ruth Seeger Piano Institute, The Red River Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Third Presidential Debate Live Fact Checking

Oct 19, 2016
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The third and final Presidential debate of the 2016 election season begins tonight. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are sparring at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Skip cable tonight - listen to the Presidential debate on Public Radio 89.5 beginning at 8:00 pm and follow the transcript together with live fact checking by NPR right here, below.

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Founded in 2012 and specializing in the masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque, The Thirteen Chamber Choir has garnered a reputation for inspired and powerful live performances. On tour this past fall across the American Midwest and Great Plains, The Thirteen were guests in residence at UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design, hosted by the Choral Department at the School of Music, in partnership with the Brisch Center for Historical Performance, the Edmond Community Chorale and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

  The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake has shaken parts of northwestern Oklahoma.  Geologists say the 3.2 magnitude quake was recorded at 6:50 a.m. Friday about 9 miles east-northeast of Mooreland in Woodward County. The quake was recorded at a depth of less than 2 miles.   No damage or injuries were immediately reported following the earthquake.

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 Oklahoma's medical examiner says an unarmed man shot dead by a Tulsa police officer last month had the hallucinogenic drug PCP in his system when he died. 

Terence Crutcher was shot Sept. 16 after his car broke down on a Tulsa street. Officer Betty Jo Shelby was charged with first-degree manslaughter after his death, with a prosecutor saying she reacted unreasonably after Crutcher disobeyed her commands.

Yefim Bronfman, the internationally acclaimed and admired pianist joins the OKC Philharmonic to open the orchestra’s 28th season, offering the Oklahoma premier of Tchaikovsky’s second piano concerto on Saturday, September 10th at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City. Joel Levine in his final season as the Philharmonic’s music director conducts the concert, which also features the Interlude and Dance from Act II of La Vida Breva by Manuel de Falla, the second set of English Dances by Malcolm Arnold and the tone poem Tod und Verklärung of Richard Strauss. Mr.

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Live coverage of the second 2016 general election Presidential Debate began at 8:00 pm on Sunday, October 19 over Public Radio 89.5. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump debated at Washington University in St. Louis. NPR's politics team live-annotated the debate.

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Antonio Vivaldi’s brilliant string writing lies at its heart of the concert program, offered on Tuesday, March 3rd of 2015 at Armstrong Auditorium by Mr. Avital and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, and features several of Vivaldi's sinfonias, concertos for lute, recorder and mandolin, "Summer" from The Four Seasons and also works by Benedetto Marcello and Giovanni Paisiello. And Mr.

Performance Oklahoma returns to the airwaves in this new Fall season with a brand new lineup of programs showcasing the high caliber, richness and variety of classical music performances taking place across our state. We've begun our journey together with the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble now marking their 14th season and offering their fifth chamber music festival this past June celebrating "The Music of Vienna.

Performance Oklahoma returns to the airwaves in this new Fall season with a brand new lineup of programs showcasing the high caliber, richness and variety of classical music performances taking place across our state. We'll begin our journey together with the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble now marking their 14th season and offering their fifth chamber music festival this past June celebrating "The Music of Vienna."

After an abrupt reversal 20 years ago, some prisons and colleges try to maintain college education for prisoners. To get to the 99A college prep English class at California's San Quentin State Prison, you pass through two security checks, two gates and a very thick, very old metal door that looks medieval. You walk into a courtyard surrounded by guard towers. Inmates in pale blue scrubs with the word "PRISONER" printed on the back in bright yellow are hanging around, playing baseball and chatting.

Performance Oklahoma returns to the airwaves in this new Fall season with a brand new lineup of programs showcasing the high caliber, richness and variety of classical music performances taking place across our state.

Gas prices in Oklahoma are continuing to fall following the end of the summer travel season.

AAA Oklahoma says the average price for a gallon of unleaded gas was $2.04 on Monday. That's 9 cents below the average recorded at the end of August.

But the gas prices aren't all falling at the same rates around the state. The AAA says Tulsa's average price has dropped 21 cents since Aug. 31, but Oklahoma City's has only decreased by 7 cents during the same period.

Around the state, prices ranged from $1.93 per gallon in Lawton to $2.14 per gallon in Stillwater.

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State and federal regulators say 32 disposal wells in northeastern Oklahoma must shut down because they are too near a newly discovered fault line that produced the state's strongest earthquake on record.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission said Monday that 27 wells under its jurisdiction would cease operations, along with five wells in Osage County, which is covered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules.

Performance Oklahoma returns to the airwaves in this new Fall season with a brand new lineup of programs showcasing the high caliber, richness and variety of classical music performances taking place across our state.

'Willy Wonka,' 'Blazing Saddles' in Tulsa Theater this Weekend

Sep 1, 2016
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  The AMC Southroads Theater is bringing a few of Gene Wilder's most beloved films back to theaters this weekend.

The theater chain announced Thursday that audiences can catch "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Blazing Saddles" this Saturday and Sunday evening at 55 participating AMC locations, nationwide. The movies will be shown in Tulsa on Saturday and Sunday.

Wilder died Sunday at age 83 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Fans worldwide have mourned since the news broke Monday.

Spare The Rod: Amid evidence zero tolerance doesn't work, schools reverse themselves.

A get-tough attitude prevailed among educators in the 1980s and 1990s, but research shows that zero-tolerance policies don't make schools safer and lead to disproportionate discipline for students of color.

The president of the American Federation of Teachers recently issued a remarkable mea culpa.

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The Margaritaville casino and restaurant are now open at River Spirit Casino Resort.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Chief James Floyd said the tribe was given the land it stands upon in the 1830s because it was thought to be worthless for farming, ranching or building.

"However, decades of leadership have held this land as a great asset for our people," Floyd said. "We've nurtured it, and we've preserved it. Today, we're standing on what can only be described as 'upeckv,' which means a dream."

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   An Oklahoma City attorney has filed a lawsuit over the issuance of bonds to fund construction of several turnpikes around the state.

Attorney Jerry Fent filed the lawsuit Friday with the Oklahoma City Supreme Court.

Fent maintains a state law passed in 1987 that authorizes the construction of turnpikes conflicts with a constitutional requirement that laws deal with only one subject. A hearing is set for next month.

A spokesman for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority said the agency has not seen a copy of the lawsuit and declined to comment.

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The American Burying Beetle is on the endangered species list. One, lone beetle has turned up in an environmental study of a road project in Muskogee County.

That little bug has shut down 8 1/2 miles of road work east of Fort Gibson, extending into Cherokee County. Muskogee County Commissioner  Ken Doke says no one wants to wipe out a species, but this one beetle will cost near $750,000 to mitigate and will delay the project for over a year. 

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A grim discovery is made just south of Cushing. The body of 26-year-old Sheralynn Neff of Newton, Kansas was located this morning after making a flawed jump from an airplane on Sunday afternoon.

The body was found just across the county line in Lincoln County, where Charlie Dougherty is sheriff. The sheriff says the woman was not in a harness and her body was located several miles away from where her parachute had drifted. 

The FAA is on the scene at Cushing and is conducting an investgation. The sheriff says Neff was an accomplished skydiver. 

 

A woman driving a sport utility vehicle and claiming to have an undisclosed "device" is in a standoff with Tulsa police just outside the Tulsa Air National Guard Base.

Television images from the scene show a sport utility vehicle at the entrance to the base with several police cars blocking it from behind. Streets in the area have been closed.

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