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Taking its name from the Dutch graphic artist MC Escher and inspired by the artist’s methods, the Escher String Quartet currently serves as the season’s artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A former BBC New Generation Artist ensemble, the quartet has performed at London’s BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall, is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall and serves as the quartet in residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Taking its name from the Dutch graphic artist MC Escher and inspired by the artist’s methods, the Escher String Quartet currently serves as the season’s artists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A former BBC New Generation Artist ensemble, the quartet has performed at London’s BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall, is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall and serves as the quartet in residence at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.


1.  The practice of dealing by compromise or mutual concession; cooperation.
2.  Good-natured exchange of talk, ideas, etc.  

The lively exchange of ideas.  NPR fans.  Chili-Cheese Fries.  Cold beverages.  Join us for OUR inauguration of this new opportunity for civil conversation Thursday, February 9 , 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at Lefty’s on Greenwood.  We’ll chat with two freshmen state representatives about their first week on the job.  We’ll even have door prizes!


Feb 10, 2017
PRT Staff

Incredible. The word to describe the first Public Radio Tulsa's Give and Take. On Thursday evening, February 9, nearly 100 listeners and concerned, engaged community members joined us for  civil discourse, learning and the lively exchange of ideas. We even had some laughter! 

It is happening. Today is the day. The first Give and Take.

In the third concert of their 14th season, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble offered a program featuring chamber works with voice by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Knight and works for violin, clarinet and piano by Alexander Arutiunian and Bela Bartok. “From far, from eve and morning and yon twelve-winded sky, the stuff of life to knit me blew hither: here am I." That verse of AE Housman opens the second song of On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Vaughan Williams setting six poems from Housman's first and most enduring collection A Shropshire Lad in 1909.

Renowned for its impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s leading chamber ensembles, its elegant style melding the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire. The world’s premier pipa virtuosa, and leading ambassador of Chinese music Wu Man has carved out a career giving the ancient instrument a contemporary role in the modern musical world.

Historically Black

Jan 31, 2017

Objects hold history. They evoke stories stamped in time. The Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. has opened up a world of stories that visitors are flocking to discover. 


Jan 24, 2017

Indivisible is public radio’s national show about America in a time of change.

The premier of a brand new oratorio by Oklahoma composer and citizen of the Chickasaw Nation Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate was featured in the first concert this season offered by Canterbury Voices on Friday, October 7th at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City and is thought to be the first ever sung in the Chickasaw language.



Child abductions are rare crimes. And they're typically solved. For 27 years, the investigation into the abduction of Jacob Wetterling in rural Minnesota yielded no answers. In the most comprehensive reporting on this case, APM Reports and reporter Madeleine Baran reveal how law enforcement mishandled one of the most notorious child abductions in the country and how those failures fueled national anxiety about stranger danger, led to the nation's sex-offender registries and raise questions about crime-solving effectiveness and accountability.

Her playing praised by the New York Times as "expressive and with dexterous flair," pianist Laura Melton is Professor of Piano and Chair of Music Performance Studies at Bowling Green State University and has performed throughout the US, in Asia, Europe and South America.

Welcome to a new year and a new way to communicate with you about everything happening here at Public Radio Tulsa!  Every month, this e-newsletter will bring you information about special events, special programs, news, ways to support Public Radio Tulsa, and much more.

Criag Kief

Why yes, it is! Host of "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" Peter Segal is going on vacation (gasp!) so Tom Hanks is filling in. You can hear it on Public Radio 89.5 (or online) this Saturday, January 14 at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday, January 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. 

"Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" is a NPR news quiz show taped in from of  live audience in Chicago and is currently in its 18th year. 

Continuing this week with Part II of a special encore series marking the start of the new year and featuring performances of masterly music by Franz Schubert from past programs, we’ll hear baritone Nathan Gunn and his wife and pianist Julie Gunn, violinist Gregory Lee and pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng, pianist Vladimir Feltsman, the Miró Quartet, mezzo soprano Sasha Cooke and pianist Anna Polonsky. Perhaps the only great native Viennese composer, Franz Schubert's gifts had been most notably expressed in song, his musical settings so able to integrate completely words and music.

This past September, Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Musical Arts Series opened its 43rd season at the Fine Arts Recital Hall with guest tenor Jonathan Yarrington and University pianist Kate Stubbs presenting Die Winterreise, the cycle of 24 songs filled with longing and loneliness, an extraordinary depiction of a winter’s journey written by Franz Schubert for voice and piano towards the end of his tragically short life. This outstanding performance is the first of three we’ll revisit today on this special program marking the start of 2017!


Ring in the New Year with these specials. May your 2017 be happy and healthy! 

Listen Live HERE

Capitol Steps New Year’s Special
Friday, December 30 | 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Classical 88.7 (music)

Washington’s premier parody song troupe offers up a year-end round up of the strange but true political year that was 2016. All your election favorites will be there:  President Elect Trump, Hillary, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Putin…wait, what?!?


Ring in the New Year with these specials. May your 2017 be happy and healthy! 

Listen Live HERE

New Year’s Day from Vienna 2017  (LIVE)      
Sunday, January 1 | 10: 00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Classical 88.7 (music)           

"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.

DID YOU KNOW?  You can support Public Radio Tulsa through your IRA distribution!

If you are 70 ½ years of age and own an IRA, you must take an annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD).  But you also may ROLL OVER up to $100,000 from your traditional or Roth IRA to a qualified charity, such as Public Radio Tulsa/The University of Tulsa. 

The benefit? 


The holiday season is here and the temperatures are frigid! Stay in by the fire and enjoy these specials. Let them bring you comfort and joy while you are in last minute gift shopping traffic or enjoy them with family and friends while you celebrate.

Listen Live HERE

And here’s What is happening this week on Public Radio 89.5 and Classical 88.7:  


Swing On This Christmas Special

Here's what is happening this weekend on Public Radio 89.5 and Classical 88.7:

The Splendid Table’s Homemade Holidays with America’s Test Kitchen 
Friday, December 16 | 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Public Radio 89.5

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic welcomed conductor Alexander Mickelthwaite and pianist Andrew von Oeyen on Saturday, November 19th, the concert featuring Masquerade (2013) by Anna Clyne, the Piano Concerto in a minor, Op 54 by Robert Schumann and the Symphony No. 3 in a minor, Op 44 by Sergei Rachmaninov.

Descended from the Russian musical tradition, the US based Hermitage Piano Trio is distinguished by its exuberant musicality, interpretative range, and sumptuous sound. In the same way that St. Petersburg’s venerable Hermitage State Museum represents the essence and history of Russia while also using its collection to embrace and promote cultures from around the world, the Hermitage Trio celebrates its Russian ancestry while incorporating classic European works and contemporary American commissions.

Celebrate the the season with Public Radio Tulsa and enjoy these special programs as you cozy up to the fire, wait in holiday shopping traffic or as you spend time with loved ones. 

Listen Live HERE

The Splendid Table's Homemade Holidays with America’s Test Kitchen
Thursday, December 15 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
AND Friday, December 16 | 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Public Radio 89.5

Today is the day!

Nov 28, 2016

If you stood in line early on Black Friday, shopped local on Small Business Saturday and hunted on-line bargains on Cyber Monday then you’re ready for today!  Today is #GivingTuesday, a day to give back.  

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to show your support for Public Radio Tulsa because you are a first-time or long-time donor, today is the perfect day.

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day to give back. A day we celebrate and support our communities. 

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.


Nov 28, 2016

THANK YOU! Thank you for making Public Radio Tulsa part of your #GivingTuesday. Because of listeners like you, we can continue to provide the news and music you love.

You can donate any day of the year by donating online HERE or by calling Judith at 918.631.3118! 

Tomorrow is a special day, #GivingTuesday!  After all the food and the shopping, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has come to be known as #GivingTuesday, a day to give back to our communities and celebrate generosity.

If you feel Public Radio Tulsa is an invaluable asset in our community, please consider making a donation today, tomorrow, or ANY day of the year. 



Nov 22, 2016

Due to essential transmission tower work, Public Radio Tulsa, KWGS and KWTU, are off the air on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 24 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The workmen will be working at our antenna location, forcing the stations to be off the air while the workmen are nearby.  

You can still listen HERE on publicradiotulsa.org on your streaming service or mobile device. We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope to be back to full power on Friday. Happy Thanksgiving!