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Arts! Arts! Arts!---An excellent Tuesday evening!

by Helen Ford Wallace Published: March 14, 2012

Beautiful music! (Photos by Helen Ford Wallace).

Guests at Arts! Arts! Arts! last night truly enjoyed the evening.

The production “The Music of the Night” was so entertaining and the performing artists Teri Bibb, Brent Barrett and Paul Bogaev, along the University of Oklahoma’s  “Singing Sooners” were outstanding. They celebrated the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber with songs from Broadway shows Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor DreamCoat, Starlight Express, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and others.

Stars Bibb, Barrett and Bogaev gave amazing performances of songs from The Phantom of the Opera.


The gala event supported OU’s Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts and was at the Skirvin Hotel Ballroom. Parking was at a minimum because the Thunder was in town. Dean of the Fine Arts School Rich Taylor introduced the event which included a beef tenderloin dinner. Flowers were three varying sizes of crystal vases filled with lilies, daisies, and hydrangeas.


Sandy and Stewart Meyers were co-chairmen of the event and Jo Carol Cameron and Jose Freede were honorary chairmen.


On the steering committee were Jerriann Altshuler, Gene and Ed Barth, Gail Beals, Joanna Champlin, Nance Diamond, Barbara Eskridge, Beverly Funke, Linda Garrett, Martha Griffin, Linda Haneborg, Kirk Hammons, Tamara Hermen, Sarah Hogan, Carol Kaspereit, Lou Kerr, Barbara Kerrick, Anne McCurdy, Chip Oppenheim, Darlene Parman, Linda Rodgers, Heather Ross, Marcy Taber and Donna Vogel. Some of the committee members were involved with the first Arts! Arts! Arts! 21 years ago.


Dr. Richard Zielinski directed the Singing Sooners who were just darling. Besides their beautiful voices, their stage presence was commendable. They even watched the other performers “in sync.”


Honorary chairmen Freede and Cameron and the Meyers received gifts and scholarships for fine arts students in their names.


After the performance, guests enjoyed coffee with all the trimmings and cookies in the lobby of the Hotel.


Partygoers: Max Weitzenhoffer, Mary Nichols, Kathy and Russ Walker, Gene Rainbolt, Barbara and Bud Beeler, Cathy Freede, Lee Allan Smith, Becky and Barry Switzer, Margaret and Dan Owens, Ann-Shannon Hail, Joan Gilmore, Vicki and Leland Gourley, Linda Tiller, Linda Haneborg, Joy Richardson, Tripp Hall, Barbara Kerrick, Annie Bohanon, Henry Browne, Judy Jordan, Lynda and Fred Gibson, Jim Vallion, Sue Foltz, Sue and John Goodman, Bette and Jim MacKellar,  D’Arline McCubbin, Betty and Norris Price.

The Singing Sooners.

Dean Rich Taylor introduces guests.

Jose Freede is recognized.

Jim Vallion and Cathy Freede were at the event.

by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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