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Alicia Hall-Moran Presents "Black Wall Street"

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Aired on Wednesday, May 23rd.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with mezzo-soprano and vocal performance artist Alicia Hall-Moran, a versatile singer at home with opera, art, theatre, and jazz. Hall-Moran made her Broadway debut understudying as "Bess" in the revival of "The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess," but the main thrust of her work is in varied collaborations with a "who's who" of creative types -- from her husband, the celebrated jazz musician Jason Moran, to visual artists like Carrie Mae Weems and choreographers like Bill T. Jones. 

Hall-Moran will bring her latest performance piece, "Black Wall Street," to Tulsa through Choregus Productions on Thursday evening, the 24th, at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. The show begins at 7pm. She will perform with a group featuring guitarist Brandon Ross (from the avant-jazz band Harriet Tubman), her husband Jason at the piano, classical guitarist Thomas Flippin, and Slave Relic Museum curator Gene Alexander Peters.

Interestingly, the piece was not originally inspired by Tulsa's "Black Wall Street" Greenwood District, but rather, by her own father, Ira Hall -- a former Oklahoman -- who was among the first African-American financiers to work on New York's Wall Street back in the 1970s.

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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