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This Weekend, Tulsa Opera and Tulsa Youth Opera Will Stage Susan Kander's "The Giver"

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Aired on Thursday, January 8th.

This coming weekend, on both Saturday the 10th and Sunday the 11th, Tulsa Opera will present Tulsa Youth Opera’s production of composer Susan Kander's "The Giver." This piece, as noted at the Tulsa Opera website, is "an opera for young people based on the bestselling novel by Lois Lowry. 'The Giver' tells the story of a seemingly utopian society free from pain or strife, but also devoid of color and memory. When Jonas is selected to receive the community’s ancient memories, utopia is revealed as dystopia and his carefully ordered world begins to unravel. 'The Giver' is performed by more than 30 members of Tulsa Youth Opera, along with Tulsa Opera Studio Artists and the Tulsa Opera Orchestra." Kander is our guest on ST today; she's an accomplished playwright and composer based in New York City. For tickets and more info, please call Tulsa Opera directly at 918-587-4811.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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