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Weekly Arts and Entertainment Highlights (Nov 29, 2012)

In this week’s events, a film searches for the origins of powerful music, a local ballet company tells the story behind a Disney princess through dance, and an award-winning pianist comes to an Oklahoma university.

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art screens three movies this weekend as part of its “Real Music Weekend” series from November 29th through December 1st. KGOU’s Jim Johnson, host of The Weekend Blues, is introducing the film “Searching for Sugar Man” on Friday, November 30th. It begins at 5:30 p.m. and focuses on the legend of a Mexican-American singer/songwriter known as Rodriguez whose success in the late 1960s was short lived. In the early 1970s, people in South Africa heard his recordings and his music became the theme of the white resistance during the Apartheid-era.

The Oklahoma Festival Ballet presents a work from the New York City Ballet repertoire, “Cinderella.” Performances take place in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. Opening night is Friday, November 30tha t 8:00 p.m. The show continues through December 9th. Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev wrote the music for “Cinderella” in the early 1940s, and Oklahoma Festival Ballet’s rendition includes original choreography by OU School of Dance Professor Steve Brule and Director Mary Margaret Holt.

The College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Central Oklahoma holds its annual fundraising concert December 5th in the UCO Jazz Lab. This year, “Toast to the Maestro” features Valery Kuleshov, an honored artist of the Russian Federation and international award-winning pianist. He performs works by Robert Schumann, Alexander Scriabin, and Sergei Rachmaninov during the concert. Casey Cross, a UCO piano performance major, performs a couple of pieces by Debussy and Listz at 7:00 p.m. to open the concert for Kuleshov.

If you still want to get in the Christmas spirit, several holiday performances are happening this weekend throughout the metro.

The University of Central Oklahoma Musical Theatre Division brings in the holidays with its annual holiday musical revue beginning November 29th at 8:00 p.m. During “Boogie Woogie Christmas,” a cast of 10 musical theatre students and 2 vocal/dance groups perform both traditional and contemporary holiday music. All performances are in the UCO Jazz Lab in Edmond and continue through December 8th.

TheatreOCU (Oklahoma City University) and the Oklahoma Children's Theatre bring Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale to life with a stage adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” Audiences can witness Ebeneezer Scrooge travel through Christmases past, present, and future from November 29th through December 9th in the Burg Theatre on the OCU campus.

The Canterbury Choral Society takes Christmas back to the 1600s and 1700s during its “Baroque Christmas” on December 2nd at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City. The choirs perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Magnificat” and George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” along with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

For more events, visit our calendar page.

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