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Tulsa Opera's "Marriage of Figaro" among week's art offerings

October 20, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 20--It's a week of music and theater .... starting with something that combines the two.

That would be Tulsa Opera's production of "The Marriage of Figaro," which concludes its two-performance run with a matinee 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Tulsa PAC, 101 E. Third St.

Mozart's musical farce centers around the efforts of a nobleman determined to have his way with the fiancee of his servant before her wedding and the efforts of those around him to keep him on the straight and narrow.

Tulsa Opera's production "has comic energy to spare, without shortchanging the vocal and instrumental musical artistry that has made this opera so enduring."

Tickets: 918-596-7111, www.myticketoffice.com

Sinbad and Take 6

Words and music of a different sort come together at the Broken Arrow PAC, 701 S. Main St., as it presents the comedian Sinbad and the a cappella vocal group Take 6 in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Sinbad was first noticed when he appeared on "Star Search." Throughout his career, Sinbad has eschewed profanity and derogatory subject matter.

Take 6 has had success on the pop, R&B and jazz charts, but the greatest aspect of its career has been in gospel music, as it updates the classic gospel format with elements of jazz and contemporary music. The group has won Grammy Awards in the gospel and jazz categories.

"We try to give a vocally entertaining show that hopefully the audience has never quite seen before, full of energy, in a way that we want people to leave and share with their friends that they've witnessed something really special," Take 6 member Claude McKnight said.

Tickets: 918-259-5778, www.myticketoffice.com

Menahem Pressler

One of the legendary figures in modern chamber music is the pianist Menahem Pressler, who founded the Beaux Arts Trio and performed with that group for more than 50 years.

Now approaching his 90th birthday, Pressler remains a most active musician. He will be in Tulsa along with the award-winning Ariel String Quartet for concerts this weekend, presented by Chamber Music Tulsa.

On Saturday, the Ariel quartet will perform music by Beethoven and Haydn as part of the subscription-only Salon Concert series at 7:30 p.m. in the Tulsa PAC's Westby Pavilion. The evening includes a light meal and conversation with the artists.

The public concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the PAC's Williams Theatre will feature Pressler with the quartet performing Dvorak's Quintet in A Major for Piano and Strings. The program also includes quartets by Beethoven and Britten.

In an interview with Chamber Music magazine, Pressler gave a simple reason for his longevity as a musician.

"When you are in love as I am with these pieces (of music), they are always fresh," he said. "They are always young. I remember the first time I was thrilled by them, and I am thrilled today."

For information on the Salon Concert series, call Chamber Music Tulsa at 918-587-3802. For tickets to Sunday's concert: 918-596-7111, www.myticketoffice.com

"Mortality Set to Music"

The Tulsa Oratorio Chorus' 2013-2014 season will be dealing with eschatological issues, as evidenced by the title of its first concert, "Mortality Set to Music."

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 709 S. Boston Ave.

The chorus, led by artistic director Tim Sharp, will be accompanied by musicians of the Tulsa Symphony as they perform music by three French composers.

Two are by Saint-Saens: the cello solo "The Swan" from "Carnival of the Animals," and the Requiem. Faure is represented with the "Cantique de Jean Racine." The orchestral piece "Pavane for a Dead Princess" by Ravel completes the program.

Tickets: 918-596-7111, www.myticketoffice.com

"Deathtrap"

Tulsa Project Theatre is branching out into drama with a new production of one of the longest-running plays in Broadway history.

Ira Levin's "Deathtrap" is a five-character, single-set comedy-thriller about the things people will do to get their hands on a five-character, single-set comedy-thriller.

Sidney Bruhl has written such plays in the past, but his recent output has been decidedly unsuccessful. Then a student named Clifford Anderson sends him the only copy of "Deathtrap," which Sidney realizes could be a huge commercial success. And all sorts of murderous plans being to unfold.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1-2, 2 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, at the Tulsa PAC, 110 E. Second St.

Tickets: 918-596-7111, www.myticketoffice.com

"Seminar"

Teresa Rebeck's "Seminar," about four aspiring writers who have paid a lot of money for a course with a famous novelist, was a Broadway hit during the 2011-2012 season.

Theatre Pops is one of the first regional companies to stage this comedy about the creative process and the emotional and psychic scars that process can leave behind.

"Seminar" is also the first play to be submitted for the 2014 Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence.

Rebeck's work includes the plays "Mauritius" and "Omnium Gatherum," as well as writing for TV shows such as "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and "L.A. Law," and creating the series "Smash."

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Tulsa PAC.

Tickets: 918-596-7111, www.myticketoffice.com

James D. Watts Jr 918-581-8478

james.watts@tulsaworld.com

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