Arts scene: Tulsa Symphony opens the season with a gala | Arts & Theater

The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra will open its 2022-23 season in style with a gala pre-concert on Saturday, September 24, featuring acclaimed pianist Natasha Paremski and guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger.

The concert, which begins at 8 p.m. at Tulsa PAC, 101 E. Third St., will feature Paremsky as the soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, one of the most popular works in the repertoire.

Paremski, a Moscow native who immigrated to the United States as a youth, made her professional debut at age 9 and, at 15, performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. and made two recordings with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since then, she has performed with major orchestras around the world, earning accolades for what one British critic called her “spirited and broadly dynamic” playing.

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Chicago Tribune music critic Howard Reich said of a 2018 rendition of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3: “At the heart of it all, however, was Paremsky’s idiomatic flair for the way Rachmaninoff must be played – with both quick gestures and a well-defined melodic profile. , all in the middle of note handles.

In addition to her concert and chamber work, Paremski was recently named Artistic Director of the New York Piano Society; was featured in a documentary series about Tchaikovsky, produced by the BBC and filmed on location in Saint Petersburg, Russia; and collaborated on “Twin Spirits”, a theatrical project starring Sting and Trudie Styler, written and directed by John Caird, the original director of “Les Miserables”, which explores the music and letters of Robert and Clara Schumann.

Guest conductor Lehninger, former associate conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and current music director of the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Symphony, will lead the orchestra in the prelude to Act III of Wagner’s opera “Lohengrin” and Symphony No. ° 5 by Shostakovich.

Tickets for the concert cost between $20 and $75. To purchase: 918-596-7111,

Prior to the concert, the Tulsa Symphony will host a gala in the Tulsa Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency, 100 E. Second St., which will include a cocktail reception and seated dinner with a menu created by Chef Justin Thompson; entertainment from local pianists Cathy Venable, Amy Cottingham and Paul Sweet; priority seating at the concert; a champagne reception at intermission; and a post-concert lounge.

Tickets for the gala evening are $250 per person; sponsorships are available. To purchase and more information:

for ‘Tulsa sings!’The Tulsa Community College Signature Symphony is accepting video auditions for its annual vocal competition “Tulsa Sings!” until October 3.

Those wishing to audition for the competition will need to complete an online entry form and submit a short video of a vocal performance. For those worried about their skills at capturing themselves on video, the winner of the first “Tulsa Sings!” competition, Allison Walden, submitted an audition video she performed on her cell phone while sitting in her car.

Finalists will be selected to work with New York-based singer and concert performer Scott Coulter and perform on stage with the professional orchestra and participate in the “Tulsa Sings!” American Jukebox concert on April 8.

“This is one of the most incredible opportunities to shine the spotlight on local talent,” said Scott Seaton, Artistic Director of Signature Symphony. “We want to be a musical conduit for our community, and I can’t think of a better way to invite members on stage to sing alongside our world-class musicians and Scott Coulter, one of Canada’s greatest singers. honored in New York.”

For all the details, registration information and rules:

comes to TulsaGlobal storytelling nonprofit The Moth, the team behind the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour, has selected Tulsa for the launch of The Moth Pop-Up Porch, to be held in Tulsa from September 21 to 25.

The Moth Pop-Up Porch is a purpose-built tiny house with a large porch that will be traveling to Tulsa, Dallas, Jackson, New Orleans, Birmingham, and Atlanta over the next few weeks to uncover diverse new stories and bring them to… scenes around the world. and, ultimately, to listeners of The Moth Radio Hour and The Moth Podcast.

The Pop-Up Porch will be set up from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Thursday, September 21 and 22, at Guthrie Green, 111 E. Reconciliation Way; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday at The Gathering Place, 2650 S. John Williams Way.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet directors, instructors and producers of Moth stories, learn how to create and present stories, collaborate with other storytellers and pitch ideas to the Moth team. The Moth. Storytellers will also be available to work with and listen to local storytellers.

Additionally, Magic City Books, 221 E. Archer St., will host a book signing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, with Jennifer Hixson, Senior Manager and Host of Moth Radio Hour to celebrate “How to Tell a Story: The Essential Guide of the memorable narration of The Moth”; and Living Arts of Tulsa will host a Moth StorySLAM, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, at the Living Arts Space, 307 E. Reconciliation Way.

“We are thrilled to launch The Moth Pop-Up Porch in Tulsa,” said Catherine Burns, Artistic Director of The Moth. “Inspiration for The Moth came in part from friends and family coming together to share stories, as moths that had found their way through the holes in screens fluttered around in the glow of the Porch Light This experience of connection and warmth is what we aim to recreate with the first Moth Pop-Up Porch.

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