Arts roundup: Mannheim Steamroller plays Tulsa PAC on Saturday, Sunday
BY JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer
Thursday, December 27, 2012
12/27/12 at 5:13 AM
By this time of year, most people may think they have had all the renditions of "Jingle Bells" and "Frosty the Snowman" and every other sort of holiday song they can stand.
But if you are still in the spirit of the holidays, then this weekend's concerts by Mannheim Steamroller might be just the thing to ring out the Christmas season and ring in the new year.
Actually, two different Mannheim Steamroller bands will be wrapping up their respective holiday tours in Oklahoma. One group will do two shows Saturday at Oklahoma City's Civic Center Music Hall, while the other performs at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tulsa PAC, 101 E. Third St.
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Chip Davis created Mannheim Steamroller in the early 1980s, mixing classical music forms with modern acoustic and electronic instruments. But it was the first Christmas album by the group that made Mannheim Steamroller nationally famous.
Tickets for the Tulsa shows are $25-$50 and available by calling 918-596-7111, or visiting tulsaworld.com/mytix (tickets for the Oklahoma City performances are also available at this website).
The holiday break is also a time when families are more than likely to visit the city's museums.
Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road, has two major exhibits on display: "Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey," a retrospective of this artist who was as much an explorer of the world as a painter of its beauty, and "National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West," images past and present that show the diversity and complexity of this unique region.
Also worth seeing is "Prominent Figures of the West," a collection of portraits by Henry H. Cross. Cross was commissioned by entrepreneur and art collector T. B. Walker to create a series of portraits "of the prominent actors in the early history of the West and its Indian Wars."
Thomas Gilcrease purchased Walker's collection of some 125 portraits in 1951.
Gilcrease is closed Mondays. For more information, 918-596-2700, tulsaworld.com/gilcrease
Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road, has its unique-to-Tulsa exhibit "Models and Muses: Max Weber and the Figure," on display in its main exhibition hall.
The museum also has an exhibit drawn from the museum's own collection, "Dutch and Flemish Prints in the Age of Rembrandt." It gives a glimpse into the great artistic impact that artists from the Netherlands and Belgium had in the 1600s.
The exhibit is divided into four themes - religious subjects, portraiture, scenes from everyday life and landscape - and includes works by such artists as Rembrandt van Rijn and Anthony van Dyck. For more information, 918-749-7940, tulsaworld.com/philbrook
The Zarrow Center for Art and Education, 124 E. Brady St., is hosting a "Winter Break Children's Workshop" Thursday and Friday for aspiring artists between the ages of 5 and 12.
Hours are 1-3 p.m. each day, and cost is $15, with no pre-registration required.
The exhibit "Everyday People" by Tulsa World photographer John Clanton (about which we will have more to say come Sunday) is on display at the center. This collection of photographic portraits of Tulsans will be the inspiration for many of the activities during the workshop, as youngsters work with professional art instructions in creating their own works of art.
If your young artists need more artistic opportunities, the Zarrow Center will have its Winter Break Art Camp 9 a.m-4 p.m. Wednesday through Jan. 4. Classes are held mornings and afternoons; one can take a single course or spend the day. Cost is $30, and pre-registration is required.
For more information, 918-631-4400, tulsaworld.com/zarrowarts
2727 S. Rockford Road
- Dutch and Flemish Prints in the Age of Rembrandt, through Jan. 20
- Models & Muses: Max Weber and the Figure, through Feb. 3
1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road
- Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey
- National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West, through Feb. 3
- Prominent Figures of the West from the T.B. Walker Collection of Portraits by Henry H. Cross, through March 31
TULSA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
2445 S. Peoria Ave.
- Dream Exhibit: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes, through Jan. 12
- Life of a House: A History of the Travis Mansion, ongoing
TULSA AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM
3624 N. 74th East Ave. tulsaworld.com/tasm
Original Print Headline: Bridging the break
- Outreach to Space hands-on exhibit, through Dec. 31
James D. Watts Jr. 918-581-8478
"Along the Riviera" by Edgar Payne Courtesy