Fine arts briefs
Gallery exhibit features selfies, Buddha sculptures
NORMAN — Selfies are smartphone-snapped images which reached worldwide ubiquity in 2013, but self-portraits have been a staple of visual artists' practices for centuries.
“Selfie: An Exploration on Identity” is a group exhibition featuring both local and national artists who have created introspective works through a variety of mediums and methodologies.
The other half of the main gallery space will feature “Buddha Tuesdays.” The artists will be displaying small Buddha sculptures, corpse drawings, painted clay canvases and a variety of other items.
The opening reception is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Mainsite Contemporary Art, 122 E Main, in conjunction with February's Second Friday Circuit of Art. The exhibit will run through March 15 with a closing reception from 6 to 10 p.m. March 14.
Mainsite Contemporary Art is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, go to mainsite-art.com.
OU to stage ‘Drowsy Chaperone'
NORMAN — The Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre and University Theatre collaborate to bring the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The Drowsy Chaperone” to the stage. The production will open at 8 p.m. Friday, with six additional performances at 8 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 20-22, and matinees at 3 p.m. Feb. 16 and 23 in the Rupel J. Jones Theatre, 563 Elm Street. This production is rated G.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 senior adult, OU faculty and staff, and military and $15 for students. For tickets, call the OU Fine Arts Box Office at 325-4101.
Choral society presents Brahms Requiem
Canterbury Choral Society announces their third concert of the 45th “Sapphire” season. The 125-member adult chorus is set to take the stage on March 8 for Brahms Requiem at the Civic Center Music Hall at 8 p.m.
Dr. Randi Von Ellefson will conduct this piece with the singers of Canterbury, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Oklahoma City University Chamber Choir, with Judith Willoughby conducting the OCU singers.
After the concert, Braum's will serve ice cream to patrons. For more information, call 232-7464 or go to canterburyokc.com.
OU Symphony Orchestra concert today
NORMAN — The School of Music and Sutton Concert Series present the OU Symphony Orchestra's “The Force of Life” concert at 3 p.m. today in Sharp Concert Hall in the Catlett Music Center, 500 W Boyd Street.
Under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Shames, the symphony will perform Igor Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements and Carl Nielsen's Sinfonia Expansiva (Symphony No. 3).
For tickets, call 325-4101. Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students. For a full calendar of events, go to music.ou.edu.
Wilson Elementary students display art
NORMAN — Dreamer Concepts collaborated with Wilson Elementary School to bring an Art Education Experience to Wilson fourth- and fifth-graders. The students produced vividly colored designs based on the paintings of the Australian Aboriginal people.
Dreamer Concepts will host the opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the gallery, 324 E Main Street.
This exhibit will be available for viewing through March 7. For more information, go to dreamerconcepts.org or call 701-0048.
Museum plans February events
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art has events planned this month.
“Student Film Screening” is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium. Films created by OU students will be shown. Selected students will discuss their work.
“Art a la Carte” is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, featuring short films by DEADCENTER Film Festival.
“Art After Noon” is at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 18, featuring “Winter Forest in Sweden.”
There are also “Tuesday Noon Concerts” in the Sandy Bell Gallery with Computer Music Studio on Tuesday, Viola Studio Feb. 18 an Opera Preview Feb. 25.
“Art Adventures” is every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and is for children ages 3 to 5.
All events are free. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, go to ou.edu/fjjma.
Piano concert to feature Taiwan native
The 31st annual Piano Artist Series has planned concert No. 5 of the season featuring Chih-Long Hu at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at All Souls' Episcopal Church, 6400 N Pennsylvania.
A native of Taiwan, Hu's performance career took off after receiving many honors. Hu received a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano and a degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University. Hu is currently on the faculty of East Tennessee State University. For more information, go to pianoartistseries.com.
State native has string project
David Janssen is a composer living in Boston with Oklahoma roots. He recently had a premiere by Canterbury Choral Society with his piece, “The Shepherds and the Angels in the Field.”
He is currently raising funds for a Kickstarter project to record his string quartet piece, which tells the story of three family weddings, all of which take place in Oklahoma City. String Quartet No. 1 is largely inspired by classical music but it does not exclude more contemporary influences.
For more information, go to kickstarter.com/projects/1415201517/recording-string-quartet-no-1/ or davidcjanssen.com.
OK Mozart International Festival announces lineup
The OK Mozart International Festival has announced its 2014 lineup, commemorating the festival's 30th anniversary. Artists include pianist Jon Kimura Parker, three-time Grammy nominee Sarah Jarosz, and the Miro Quartet, a nationally recognized chamber group. This year's festival will convey the theme “Music of Vienna” during performances scheduled June 7-14 at venues across the Bartlesville area.
The finale event will feature a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 by over 100 onstage performers. For more information, go to okmozart.com.
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