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The Witty and Versatile Pianist and Composer Bruce Adolphe Visits TU

Aired on Thursday, November 12th.

On this edition of ST, a chat with Bruce Adolphe, the New York-based pianist and composer who's probably best known for his long-running gig as "The Piano Puzzler" on the classical public-radio show, Performance Today. He'll be giving a free-to-the-public address on Saturday the 14th in Tyrrell Hall on the TU campus; the talk begins at 7pm and will focus on humor in music. (As noted of this sure-to-be-entertaining lecture at the TU website: "Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven were superb musical comedians, and Adolphe will reveal the secrets of classical wit, plus he'll take you through some of his own comedic compositional conundrums, including 'piano puzzlers' and more. If you want to know how Mozart's music is like ordering take-out, be there!") Then, on Sunday the 15th, Adolphe will participate in a presentation of his family-friendly musical comedy, "Tough Turkey in the Big City," which he'll perform (just in time for Thanksgiving) with members of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra; this concert begins at 3pm in the Lorton Performance Center at TU.

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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