Here's a look at what's going on this weekend in Norman (Mar. 1, 2019):

Today

• Othello’s presents The Piano Man, Joel Forlenza

5:30-8:30 p.m. @ Othello’s

• Medieval Fair Free Lecture Series: "Cooperation Between Muslims and Christians During the Era of the Crusades"

6:15-7:30 p.m. @ Norman Public Library west

• OU Fine Arts presents Grand Hotel

8-10:30 p.m. @ Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

• Scott McCreery

8-10 p.m. @ Riverwind Casino 

• Othello’s Comedy Classic

9-11 p.m. @ Othello’s

• The Classless

9 p.m.-midnight @ Bison Witches

• Jarvix

9-11:30 p.m. @ The Deli

• Karaoke Night

10-11 p.m. @ Red Brick Bar

 

Saturday

• OU Fine Arts presents Grand Hotel

3-5 p.m. @ Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

• The Brew Sessions 2019

4-10 p.m. @ Main Street Events Center

• The Piano Man

5:30-8:30 p.m. @ Othello’s

• Norman Mardi Gras Parade

7 p.m. @ downtown Norman

• Norman Mardi Gras Parade

7-9 p.m. @ Sooner Theatre

• OU Fine Arts presents Grand Hotel

8-10:30 p.m. @ Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

• Ciara Burke

9-11 p.m. @ Bison Witches

• Brad Fielder

9-11 @ The Deli

• SATURN/The Danner Party/Stallone Corbras

10 p.m.-2 a.m. @ The Red Brick Bar

 

Sunday

• OU Fine Arts presents Grand Hotel

3-5 p.m. @ Elsie C. Brackett Theatre

• Arts! Arts! Arts! Gala

5:30-10 p.m. @ Oklahoma Memorial Union

• Winter Wind Concert Series: Eliza Gilkyson

7-10 p.m. @ The Depot

• Sunday Spins — Vinyl all day

8-11 p.m. @ Bluebonnet Bar

• Hosty: One Man Band

10 p.m.-1 a.m. @ The Deli

 

Art Exhibits

• Westheimer Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair: Mildred Howard

Runs through through April 7 at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

• Testimony: The Life and Work of David Friedman

Runs through through May 26 @ Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

• Echoes and Resonance

Runs through March 8 at Mainsite Contemporary Art

• Winged Tapestries: Moths at large

Runs through May 12 @ Sam Noble Museum

 

More Info

Mary Jo Heath to receive Arts Luminary Award at OU

Metropolitan Opera radio host Mary Jo Heath will receive the inaugural Arts Luminary Award Sunday at the annual Arts! Arts! Arts! Gala hosted by the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma. The gala event will be held in the Oklahoma Memorial Union on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.

“It is a great pleasure to honor Mary Jo Heath with the first Arts Luminary Award from the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts,” said Mary Margaret Holt, dean of the college of fine arts. “The purpose of the annual award is to recognize outstanding alumni whose professional accomplishments bring recognition to the university and the college while inspiring current students and other alumni in the pursuit of their academic and artistic goals now and in the future.”

During Heath’s visit, she will be the guest speaker for the OU Dream Course public lecture series “Women and Leadership in the Arts” scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in room 1140, Gaylord Hall, 395 W. Lindsey St.

Heath is in her fourth season as radio host of the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, which is heard live by almost 8 million people worldwide each week. Previously she worked as a senior radio producer and guest host for the Metropolitan Opera for nine seasons. Her responsibilities as the “Voice of the Met” include hosting the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera Radio Saturday matinee broadcasts—the longest-running classical music series in American broadcast history—as well as the live broadcasts that air on the Met’s Sirius XM channel each week during the season.

A Norman native, Heath graduated from the OU with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music. While still a student, she was the first music director of Norman’s Cimarron Circuit Opera Company. She earned a doctorate in music theory from Eastman School of Music.

Concerto gala to showcase top music talent at OU

Winners of the 2018 University of Oklahoma School of Music Concerto Competition will perform with the OU Symphony Orchestra in the Concerto Gala Concert at 8 p.m. today at Catlett Music Center.

This year’s winners are Hannah Alfaro; soprano, Zachary Lewis, saxophonist; and Hannah Roberts, pianist.

The concert program includes Zachary Lewis’ saxophone performance of Mark Watter's "Rhapsody for Baritone Sax and Orchestra”; Hannah Roberts will play Prokofiev's "Piano Concerto No. 3, 1st movement”; and Hannah Alfaro will sing Handel's "Tornami a vagghegiar" from Alcina, and Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances" from West Side Story.

The orchestral works that will be played in addition to the three solos are Berlioz’ Roman Carnival Overture and Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

Proceeds from the concert will be added to the Aspire Fund, OU School of Music’s endowed general scholarship fund dedicated to providing scholarship support for OU’s outstanding undergraduate music majors. All gifts are 100 percent tax deductible.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by phone at (405) 325-4101 or in person through the OU Fine Arts Box Office, located in Catlett Music Center. Advance purchase tickets are $5 for students and $9 adults; $10 at the door. For accommodations, call 405-325-4101.

Tony Award nominee Adam Cooper now in residence at OU

Tony and Olivier Award nominee Adam Cooper is now serving as a guest artist-in-residence at the University of Oklahoma. He is directing and choreographing University Theatre’s production of “Grand Hotel The Musical.”

While on campus, Cooper also will conduct master classes with students from the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre and master classes in ballet for students of the OU School of Dance.

Cooper works professionally as both a performer and director/choreographer in musical theatre in the West End, London and internationally.

Recent projects include “The Merry Widow,” “On Your Toes” and “Singin' in the Rain.” He began his professional career as a classical ballet dancer and is a former principal dancer of the Royal Ballet, a major international ballet company based in London.

He became internationally recognized for creating the lead role of “The Swan” in Matthew Bourne's groundbreaking production of the ballet “Swan Lake.” For his performances as The Swan he received the Time Out Award, the Evening Standard Dance Award, the Astaire Award for Best Dancer, and received a Tony Award nomination for best actor in a musical. He appeared in the role of Older Billy that was briefly featured in the 2000 film “Billy Elliot.”

Cooper choreographed “Grand Hotel The Musical” for The Donmar Warehouse, West End in London, and received a Laurence Olivier Award nomination. The production won Outstanding Musical Production at the 2004 Lawrence Olivier Awards.

 

Mack Burke

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Mack Burke is an investigative reporter and award-winning feature writer and columnist for The Norman Transcript. An OU alumnus, he has lived in Norman since 2003.