March 4, 2018 – Tulsa World
From rock to ballet to community theater, Tulsa has longtime, wide-ranging arts and entertainment

Tulsa’s long-time designation as “The Oil Capital of the World” may have faded into the mists of memory, but its other, less official title continues to be relevant. Tulsa has been, and still is, the state’s centerpiece of arts and culture…..If one’s musical tastes tend toward the classical, Tulsa is one of the few cities in the region that supports two professional orchestras — the Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College, which marks its 40th anniversary next season, and musician-run Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. And both ensembles are known for adventurous programming, such as the Signature Symphony’s season-long exploration of popular and orchestral music with ties to Tulsa and its history.

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Feb. 23, 2018 – Tahlequah Daily Press
Signature Symphony to celebrate 40 years

“….based our season on those responses,” said Andrés Franco, Signature Symphony at TCC music director. “We wanted to celebrate our anniversary.”

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Feb. 25, 2018 – Tulsa World
People & Places: Orchestra’s Overture roars into the 1920s

The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College will take patrons back to a time when one needed a password to get into a club and liftin…

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Feb. 19, 2018 – Tulsa People
Signature Symphony announces fan-favorite season

Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College celebrates 40 years of entertaining Tulsa area audiences with the 2018-2019 season. The year-long celebration promises to highlight audience favorites and feature returning guest artists from the professional orchestra’s history. In preparation for the 40th anniversary season, Signature Symphony asked audience members, sponsors, musicians, and advisory board members about their favorite concerts….

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Feb. 18, 2018 – Tulsa World

Signature Symphony plays favorites for 40th season
The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College will celebrate its 40th season by presenting some of its audience’s favorite music, programs and performers — including a re-creation of the orchestra’s first performance. Last year, the orchestra conducted a survey of its audience members to get their input on programming the 2018-2019 season…

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Feb. 14, 2018 – Tulsa World
Spotlight: Blake Shelton, Vintage Tulsa, cars and more highlight upcoming events in Tulsa

‘Sinatra’s America’

The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College, as part of its season-long celebration of Tulsa’s many connections to the world of music, will present “Sinatra’s America” in the orchestra’s Pops series. The evening will showcase the “big band” era of mid-20th century popular music, when Sinatra first rose to fame to become one of the most popular and influential performers of all time. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at the VanTrease PACE, 10300 E. 81st St. Tickets are $32-$47 and are available by calling 918-595-7777, or at myticketoffice.com.

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Feb. 11, 2018 – Tulsa World
Arts Scene: Signature Symphony to celebrate Sinatra 

Jeff Shadley is the guest artist for “Sinatra’s America.” Courtesy

One of the last concerts Frank Sinatra ever performed was the first time he had ever appeared in Tulsa. It was March 1994 when the then-78-year-old Sinatra mounted the stage of the Mabee Center and enthralled a crowd of some 9,000 Tulsans. Sinatra would perform once more, and then the man known as “The Chairman of the Board” relinquished his seat at the head of popular culture’s table

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Jan. 29, 2018 – Tulsa World
ARTS: Review of Signature Symphony’s “A Night at the Opera” 

The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College treated the audience for its third Classics concert of the season to “A Night at the Opera.” The concert, Saturday night at the VanTrease PACE, was also the second collaboration between the orchestra and Tulsa Opera, with members of the Tulsa Opera Studio Artists program serving as soloists, accompanied at times by a representative sample of the Tulsa Opera Chorus. More importantly, the concert also was a showcase for Tulsa Opera’s current artistic director, Tobias Picker, himself a highly acclaimed composer whose five operas have led the Wall Street Journal to dub him, “our finest composer for the lyric stage.”…

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Jan. 23, 2018 – Tulsa World
ARTS: Signature Symphony names “Tulsa Sings!” finalists

Six Tulsa singers, ranging in age from 16 to 64, have been chosen as the finalists for the Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College’s first Tulsa Sings! competition. The six finalists will perform as part of the Signature Symphony’s Pops concerts, April 6-7, which will feature vocalist Scott Coulter. The winner, chosen by a panel of judges that will include Coulter, Tulsa PAC director and performer Mark Frie, singer and “The Voice” contestant Brian Nhira, and KOTV Channel 6 personality LeAnne Taylor, will have the opportunity to be featured in a Signature Symphony concert during the 2018-2019 season.

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Jan. 23, 2018 – KOTV
6 Finalists Announced In Signature Symphony Tulsa Sings Contest

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Jan. 21, 2018 – Tulsa World
Arts Scene: Signature Symphony offers ‘A Night at the Opera’

The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College joins with Tulsa Opera to present “A Night at the Opera,” which will feature music from some of the most beloved operas in the repertoire, along with selections from the operas of Tulsa Opera Artistic Director Tobias Picker.

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Dec. 16, 2017 – Tulsa World
Vocal ensemble Sheridan Road releases holiday CD

Barry Epperley has been involved in a number of recording projects in the course of his career in music, but the latest CD he’s worked on is unique.
“This is the first recording I’ve done that I would want to sit and listen to myself,” he said, laughing

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Nov. 2, 2017 – KWGS
To Be Presented This Weekend by the Signature Symphony at TCC: “Yevtushenko and Shostakovich”

On this edition of our show, we learn about the next concert to be staged by the Signature Symphony at TCC, “Yevtushenko and Shostakovich,” which will happen on Saturday night, the 4th, at 7:30pm (at the Van Trease PACE on East 81st Street). This concert will honor the life and work of Yevgeny Yevtushenko, the late poet and author who died earlier this year, and who taught at the University of Tulsa and contributed to our city’s cultural life over the last 30 years. The concert will feature, among other works, Dmitri Shostakovich’s cantata, “The Execution of Stepan Razin,” which is based on one of Yevtushenko’s poems. The evening will also include the world premiere of “The Defiant Poet: Elegy in Memory of Yevgeny Yevtushenko,” a piece composed by the Tulsa-based musician and music educator Noam Faingold. Faingold is one of our two guests today on ST; the other is the Signature Symphony’s Music Director, Andrés Franco.

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Oct. 15 – Tulsa World
Arts Scene: Orchestra presents “Knights” of music 

The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College will devote its second pops concert of the season to three composers who have had a profound impact on popular music. And the fact that all three have received a special honor in their native Great Britain gives this concert a pun of a title.

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Sept. 17, 2017 – KTUL
Good Day Tulsa live interview

Andres Franco – Tulsa Sings!

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Sept. 11, 2017 – Tulsa World
Orchestra begins talent search for ‘Tulsa Sings!’

The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College is searching for Tulsa’s next musical star through Tulsa Sings!, a new vocal talent competition. The competition is open to current and former Tulsa residents of all ages.

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Sept. 10 – Tulsa World
ARTS: Review of Signature Symphony’s “The Roaring 20s and All That Jazz”

Byron Stripling may have been the featured guest artist for the Signature Symphony’s season opening Pops concerts this weekend, but Friday’s performance at the VanTrease PACE showcased another, equally extraordinary talent.

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Sept. 8, 2017 – KWGS
The Signature Symphony Opens Its New Season with Trumpeter and Vocalist Byron Stripling Out Front
Studio Tulsa interview

Our guest on this edition of ST is the well-regarded jazz trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling. He’ll be appearing tonight and tomorrow night (the 8th and 9th) with the Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College in a special “pops” concert created by Stripling himself. The show is called “The Roaring ’20s and All That Jazz,” and it will feature the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and other American music masters (and will be staged at the TCC Van Trease PACE). As we learn on today’s program, Stripling — who actually originated the role of Louis Armstrong in the bio-musical “Satchmo: America’s Musical Legend” — has also played over the years with the likes of Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, and Buck Clayton.

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Sept. 3, 2017 – Tulsa World
Arts Scene: Signature Symphony plays all that jazz

Signature Symphony’s Pops series to open with “The Roaring ‘20s and All That Jazz,” with guest artist Byron Stripling on trumpet, Friday and Saturday. Courtesy/Sean Turi

The Signature Symphony at Tulsa Community College is celebrating Tulsa’s musical heritage with its “From the Heartland” season of concerts, which begins this weekend with “The Roaring ’20s and All That Jazz,” featuring trumpeter Byron Stripling.

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