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Tulsa Arts: Art Scene in Tulsa

Mention Tulsa to most New Yorkers and they’ll most likely think of a dancer from the musical “Gypsy!” What they – and everyone else – should know is that Tulsa is the cultural capital of Oklahoma – and one of the most interesting cities to visit in the United States.

Tulsa Arts Information

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Art Museums

Gilcrease Museum

Gilcrease Museum (The GM)

With the largest and most comprehensive collection of art from the American West, the Gilcrease Museum is a true find for aficionados of Native American art and artifacts. Its collection reflects not only artistic, but historical interests, too. A one-of-a-kind feature of the museum is its 26-acres of themed gardens which surround the buildings. The museum regularly holds a wide range of rotating exhibits, from an Ansel Adams retrospective to …more…

Philbrook Museum of Art

Philbrook Museum of Art

The Philbrook Museum of Art is housed in the former home of oilman Waite Phillips, who hired Kansas architect Edward Buehler Delk to design the 23-acre villa in 1926. Just twelve years later Phillips donated the 72-room mansion and surrounding acreage to the city of Tulsa. The museum’s permanent collections include Native American Art, African Art, Japanese Painting, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Outdoor Sculpture, among other collections and special …more…

Theater

American Theatre Company

American Theatre Company

The American Theatre Company celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010. Founded in 1970 by a group of former University of Tulsa students, the company immediately set a pattern of offering productions ranging from the latest Off-Broadway fare to classics such as Hamlet.

Originally housed in a former furniture store at First and Main, ATC moved to a variety of locations over the years before being named the official resident theater at Philbrook …more…

Classical Music

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

Forged from the remnants of the now defunct Tulsa Philharmonic, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra held its inaugural season in 2005 and continues to expand with even better concerts and a great lineup of guest conductors. Musician-led, the 50-member ensemble evokes the sense of a community of music lovers creating beautiful art, perhaps something many of the country’s larger orchestras could strive to emulate. Six major concerts each season and a …more…

Opera

Light Opera Oklahoma (LOOK)

Light Opera Oklahoma (LOOK)

Light Opera Oklahoma Information
Public Transportation: Good (easily accessible via Tulsa Transit routes which stop by the Tulsa PAC)
Handicapped Accessibility: Yes.
Performances/Programs: Performance schedule is mostly Tuesday through Sunday during the summer months
Ticket Prices: Single tickets are $20 – $29; $15 tickets for previews, $10 tickets for kids
Group Discounts: 15% discounts are offered on groups of 10 or more
Subscriptions: 3-Show Season packages range from $65 – $75.

 

Tulsa Opera

Tulsa Opera

Tulsans love their opera. Writing in 1905, a prominent businessman noted, “We did not have any sewers, street paving, parks or sidewalks and not much of a water system, but these facilities were luxuries and could wait, whereas an opera house loomed as an immediate necessity.” But a permanent company wouldn’t happen until 1948, when the Tulsa Opera formed, with the premiere of La Traviata.Now the 18th oldest company in the …more…

Jazz

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

In the early days of the development of jazz music, Oklahoma found itself placed handily between two major epicenters: Kansas City and New Orleans.  This central location allowed most of the major figures in early jazz history to pass through Tulsa at one point or another, stirring up a rich and vibrant local jazz scene over the decades.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame celebrates Oklahoma’s own unique place in jazz …more…

The Primo Room at Ciao

The Primo Room at Ciao

Ciao is an Italian restaurant located in the Brookside neighborhood of Tulsa. In addition to offering a wide range of Italian cuisine and nightlife, Ciao features live jazz Friday through Sunday nights. The music in its Primo Room showcases many of Tulsa’s jazz mainstays, as well as some up-and-coming performers. Live music begins at 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 8 pm on Sundays. ...more...

Dance

Tulsa Ballet

Tulsa Ballet

Tulsa may seem an unlikely place to find a well-rounded ballet company, but that is indeed what Tulsa Ballet is. Over the past decade or so, the company has expanded the artistic breadth of its performance repertory to include not only traditional story ballets but also a somewhat eclectic collection of work by 20th and 21st choreographers. Works include George Balanchine’s wonderfully abstract Four Temperaments, several pieces by contemporary Spanish choreographer …more…

Film

Circle Cinema

Circle Cinema

Tulsa’s Circle Cinema, built in 1928, has a distinctive red and brown bricked façade and is one of the rare local examples of ‘20s cinema architecture. Like most art house theaters, Circle Cinema showcases indies, docs, film festivals, and foreign flicks. But the Circle also screens movies made by filmmaking classes, premieres of locally-made features, and other special events. ...more...

Venues

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Built in the early 1970′s, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center features four permanent theaters. The Center’s largest space, the Chapman Music Hall, accomodates an audience of over 2,000. The center itself doesn’t offer a season, but instead rents its facilities to locally based arts organizations, nationally recognized visiting talent, and others. The Tulsa PAC also has a well appointed art gallery with a permanent collection of more than 70 pieces.

 

Tulsa …more…

VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education (PACE)

VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education (PACE)

The VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education (PACE) is the resident arts venue of Tulsa Community College (TCC).  It serves as home to the college’s Music and Theatre Departments, as well as a number of community events.  As the name implies, the main focus at VanTrease PACE is education; the venue regularly hosts TCC arts classes and student performances, as well as arts events sponsored by other local schools, public …more…

Art Museums

Gilcrease Museum

Gilcrease Museum (The GM)

With the largest and most comprehensive collection of art from the American West, the Gilcrease Museum is a true find for aficionados of Native American art and artifacts. Its collection reflects not only artistic, but historical interests, too. A one-of-a-kind feature of the museum is its 26-acres of themed gardens which surround the buildings. The museum regularly holds a wide range of rotating exhibits, from an Ansel Adams retrospective to …more…

Philbrook Museum of Art

Philbrook Museum of Art

The Philbrook Museum of Art is housed in the former home of oilman Waite Phillips, who hired Kansas architect Edward Buehler Delk to design the 23-acre villa in 1926. Just twelve years later Phillips donated the 72-room mansion and surrounding acreage to the city of Tulsa. The museum’s permanent collections include Native American Art, African Art, Japanese Painting, Modern and Contemporary Art, and Outdoor Sculpture, among other collections and special …more…

Theater

American Theatre Company

American Theatre Company

The American Theatre Company celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010. Founded in 1970 by a group of former University of Tulsa students, the company immediately set a pattern of offering productions ranging from the latest Off-Broadway fare to classics such as Hamlet.

Originally housed in a former furniture store at First and Main, ATC moved to a variety of locations over the years before being named the official resident theater at Philbrook …more…

Classical Music

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra

Forged from the remnants of the now defunct Tulsa Philharmonic, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra held its inaugural season in 2005 and continues to expand with even better concerts and a great lineup of guest conductors. Musician-led, the 50-member ensemble evokes the sense of a community of music lovers creating beautiful art, perhaps something many of the country’s larger orchestras could strive to emulate. Six major concerts each season and a …more…

Opera

Light Opera Oklahoma (LOOK)

Light Opera Oklahoma (LOOK)

Light Opera Oklahoma Information
Public Transportation: Good (easily accessible via Tulsa Transit routes which stop by the Tulsa PAC)
Handicapped Accessibility: Yes.
Performances/Programs: Performance schedule is mostly Tuesday through Sunday during the summer months
Ticket Prices: Single tickets are $20 – $29; $15 tickets for previews, $10 tickets for kids
Group Discounts: 15% discounts are offered on groups of 10 or more
Subscriptions: 3-Show Season packages range from $65 – $75.

 

Tulsa Opera

Tulsa Opera

Tulsans love their opera. Writing in 1905, a prominent businessman noted, “We did not have any sewers, street paving, parks or sidewalks and not much of a water system, but these facilities were luxuries and could wait, whereas an opera house loomed as an immediate necessity.” But a permanent company wouldn’t happen until 1948, when the Tulsa Opera formed, with the premiere of La Traviata.Now the 18th oldest company in the …more…

Jazz

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

In the early days of the development of jazz music, Oklahoma found itself placed handily between two major epicenters: Kansas City and New Orleans.  This central location allowed most of the major figures in early jazz history to pass through Tulsa at one point or another, stirring up a rich and vibrant local jazz scene over the decades.

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame celebrates Oklahoma’s own unique place in jazz …more…

The Primo Room at Ciao

The Primo Room at Ciao

Ciao is an Italian restaurant located in the Brookside neighborhood of Tulsa. In addition to offering a wide range of Italian cuisine and nightlife, Ciao features live jazz Friday through Sunday nights. The music in its Primo Room showcases many of Tulsa’s jazz mainstays, as well as some up-and-coming performers. Live music begins at 9 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 8 pm on Sundays. ...more...

Dance

Tulsa Ballet

Tulsa Ballet

Tulsa may seem an unlikely place to find a well-rounded ballet company, but that is indeed what Tulsa Ballet is. Over the past decade or so, the company has expanded the artistic breadth of its performance repertory to include not only traditional story ballets but also a somewhat eclectic collection of work by 20th and 21st choreographers. Works include George Balanchine’s wonderfully abstract Four Temperaments, several pieces by contemporary Spanish choreographer …more…

Film

Circle Cinema

Circle Cinema

Tulsa’s Circle Cinema, built in 1928, has a distinctive red and brown bricked façade and is one of the rare local examples of ‘20s cinema architecture. Like most art house theaters, Circle Cinema showcases indies, docs, film festivals, and foreign flicks. But the Circle also screens movies made by filmmaking classes, premieres of locally-made features, and other special events. ...more...

Venues

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Built in the early 1970′s, the Tulsa Performing Arts Center features four permanent theaters. The Center’s largest space, the Chapman Music Hall, accomodates an audience of over 2,000. The center itself doesn’t offer a season, but instead rents its facilities to locally based arts organizations, nationally recognized visiting talent, and others. The Tulsa PAC also has a well appointed art gallery with a permanent collection of more than 70 pieces.

 

Tulsa …more…

VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education (PACE)

VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education (PACE)

The VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education (PACE) is the resident arts venue of Tulsa Community College (TCC).  It serves as home to the college’s Music and Theatre Departments, as well as a number of community events.  As the name implies, the main focus at VanTrease PACE is education; the venue regularly hosts TCC arts classes and student performances, as well as arts events sponsored by other local schools, public …more…