Michael Willmus-Oklahoma Watch

The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that alters the qualifications to become director of the state Department of Corrections in an effort to make interim Director Joe Allbaugh qualified to take the job permanently. 

House members voted 48-44 Monday against the Senate-passed measure.

Its House author, Republican Rep. Pat Ownbey of Ardmore, kept the measure alive by holding for reconsideration of the vote.

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An Owasso teacher is arrested in connection with indecent pictures on his personal cell phone and computer.

It is a three year-old case involving a then 14-year-old student at the Owasso 7th Grade Center where 34-year-old Adam Hunt was a teacher.

Owasso Police says they learned of the photos during a domestic dispute at a home in Owasso last November. That dispute was over the discovery of the photographs.


The Oklahoma House has voted to cap a tax incentive for oil and natural gas wells.

The House voted 93-2 for the measure Thursday and sent it to the Senate. The measure caps a tax credit for so-called "at-risk" wells that produce little profit.

Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman says it caps the credit at $12.5 million and requires oil wells produce 10 barrels a day or less to qualify.

This Week On Performance Oklahoma: Encore

May 16, 2016

Now marking its thirteenth year, the Brightmusic Society offers Oklahoma audiences a regular season of beloved and diverse chamber music performances presented by an ensemble of musicians largely based in the Oklahoma City metro area. Tanya Bannister, concert pianist, recording artist and director of Austria’s AlpenKammerMusik Festival joined the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble as a special guest artist for a program entitled “Piano and Friends,” the concert, the third presented this season offered on Tuesday, January 19th at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City.

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An Oklahoma man declared innocent by a judge this week for a 1994 drive-by shooting must return to the same courthouse next month on an unrelated assault charge.

DeMarchoe Carpenter was exonerated Monday, along with Malcolm Scott, in the killing of 19-year-old Karen Summers after the men served 20 years in prison.

New evidence, including a videotaped confession of a death row inmate who took responsibility for the shooting, convinced Tulsa Judge Sharon Holmes to exonerate them.

Marking its 20th anniversary in 2013, the Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios.

American soprano Sarah Coburn, known for her captivating performances in opera houses and concert stages around the world, joined music director Joel Levine and the OKC Philharmonic in Classics 7, offered onSaturday, April 2nd, at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma native and resident featured as the special guest artist in a program celebrating the music of opera.  Offering arias from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Johann Strauss Jr’s Die Fledermaus, Verdi’s La Traviata, Bellini’s I Puritani and Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette

Based in Gdansk, Poland, The Polish Baltic Philharmonic was founded in 1945 after the city obtained independence from German annexation in WW II. The Philharmonic grew and developed as a symbol of national pride and identity as Gdansk became the center of opposition to the Communist Party rule. The largest music institution in northern Poland, the orchestra pays homage to the heritage of its homeland through its performances and outreach.

"Every so often a performance leaves us in awe of its loving sophistication, its attention to the finest details of balance and expression" writes the Dallas Morning News about the Jupiter String Quartet. Now in their 13th year of making music as an ensemble, the Quartet appeared as the guest ensemble on Sunday, March 13th, presented by Chamber Music in Oklahoma on the series' fourth concert of the season, the program featuring the Quartet No. 11 in f minor, Op 95 "Serioso" of Ludwig van Beethoven, the Quartet No.

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.