I don’t know about you, but if I were the 10th of 15 children, it’d be easy to get lost in the crowd. But Leona Mitchell didn’t use her large family as an excuse to fade into the background. In 2010, she told OETA’s Gerry Bonds on OKC Metro that a life-changing teacher took her under her wing.
Even though the semester is ending and kids are getting out of school, there are still several events that can encourage intellectual interest. But don’t keep scrolling just yet: none of these events is your boring algebra lecture.
Operatic soprano and Enid-native Leona Mitchell offers the first installment of her two-part master class this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Downtown Library.
The 91-year-old has seen plenty of Oklahoma history, but it’s her own life experiences that drive her. She belongs in Studio Six, and she says she doesn’t feel out of place amongst the younger artists in the Paseo District.
The Norman Music Festival descends upon downtown Norman this weekend. Over 300 bands perform over the span of the three-day event. One Oklahoma singer-songwriter, JD McPherson, grew up in Buffalo Valley. He says living in such a small town encouraged him to pursue music.
“Where I grew up, there wasn’t a lot down there. It was pretty rural. My dad was into music and I developed an affinity for music. There’s little pockets of musicians down there, but probably the best thing that happened to me was being isolated like that. All you want to do is just play guitar and listen to music and read about music,” says McPherson.
With two festivals and a major marathon, the Oklahoma City metro stays busy this weekend. Here are some things you may not want to miss.
The Norman Music Festival takes over downtown Main Street Thursday through Saturday. Thousands of people and over 300 bands flood the stages to deliver a free, family-friendly event. Steven White, co-chairman of the festival, says this year’s headliners like The Joy Formidable and JD McPherson are doing “incredible” things across the country.
Oklahoma Contemporary displays Bryan Adams’ “Exposed” exhibit through May 17. Adams may be best known for “Summer of ‘69” or “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You,” but over the past 12 years, he has also worked as a photographer.