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Re: "Strictly Gershwin," a Chat with Gareth Valentine, the Acclaimed British Composer and Conductor

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Aired on Tuesday, January 30th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, our guest is Gareth Valentine, the well-regarded British composer, arranger, conductor, and musical director. He's currently in town to conduct "Strictly Gershwin," a Derek Deane-choreographed piece that Tulsa Ballet will stage from February 9th through the 11th. (To learn more about this production, which is having its North American premiere here in Tulsa, please visit this link.) As we learn on today's show, Valentine has worked on many of London's notable West End musicals over the years, including "Miss Saigon," "Chicago," "42nd Street," "Kiss of the Spider Woman," "Porgy and Bess," and so on.

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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