"Honestly, I think in the back of mind, I just kept thinking 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' " she said with a grin. "It started with this kind of mystical thing ... and I came up with this like kind of sea chanty-esque theme that I built it into." Her instructors were so impressed with her work that they recommended she fully orchestrate it. Lead composition teacher Francisco Venegas said she showed a natural talent. "Music just flowed naturally from her. It was very easy for her to understand that a melody is made this way, and it sounds nice and then I can create another melody that goes along. And then I have a section, now create a section, and boom, we have a piece," he said. "What we're providing through music is opportunities for them to succeed, to shine, to play up their strengths. So, we created the opportunity for them to premiere her piece with our Esperanza Orchestra." Since conducting her peers through their premiere of her "Adventurous Voyage" in 2017, she has expanded it … [Read more...] about ‘Adventurous Voyage’: OKC Philharmonic to debut original work by local teen composer
Is anyone else like me and was discouraged more by the trade of Jerami Grant than either of the trades of Paul George or Russell Westbrook? Remember the feeling last July?George was sent to the Clippers for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and five future first-round draft picks. It was a bummer, but man, that was a haul for Sam Presti and in a way meant a bright far future for the Thunder.And Westbrook was dealt to the Rockets for Chris Paul and two more future first-round picks. Again, bummer, especially losing the face of the franchise, the guy who had been a Thunder cornerstone since the team’s 2008 arrival. But still, the Thunder got an all-star in return and more future building blocks.But between those trades came the Grant deal – traded to Denver for the Nuggets’ 2020 first-round pick, which almost surely will be late, late, late in the first round, in part because of Grant himself, who helps fortify an already-stacked roster. The Grant trade is … [Read more...] about OKC Thunder: Did Jerami Grant leave a sinking ship?
School started this week for OKC Public Schools students Several Oklahoma City schools were renamed last year. The Oklahoman's Tim Willert takes a look at how the first day of school played out. Reaction was mixed Thursday to temporary signs reflecting the new names of three schools in the Oklahoma City district.Mary Golda Ross, Esperanza and Adelaide Lee elementary schools were previously named for Confederate generals Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee and Stand Watie.In May, the school board voted to rescind the names of Jackson, 2601 S Villa, Robert E. Lee, 424 SW 29, and Watie, 3517 S Linn.Lee parent Anita Herrera said she knew about the name change but didn't see the need to do it."Most people don't really know what it was about or what he did before," Herrera said as she waited to pick up her daughters on the second day of school for the Oklahoma City district.More here. … [Read more...] about The Morning Brew: Life goes on at renamed OKC schools
If you’ve visited downtown Oklahoma City since Thursday morning, you’ve probably seen them zipping along city sidewalks and streets. But Oklahoma City police say operating Bird motor scooters is illegal.About 50 of the Bird electric scooters were placed around downtown Oklahoma City on Wednesday as part of what the company was calling a “pilot program” to test the dockless scooters.Under Oklahoma City ordinance, police said it’s illegal to operate the electric scooters on streets or sidewalks downtown and ordinance prohibits anyone under 18 from operating or riding a motor scooter without a helmet.Those found in violation could be subject to a citation and a fine, said officer Megan Morgan. Related to this story Article: Scooter company launches in OKC As of Friday morning, there were no known citations issued, officials said.City officials said they were unaware that the company would be placing the scooters in the area until they were notified by … [Read more...] about OKC Police: new electric scooters illegal to use on streets, sidewalks
TACOMA, WASH. — Angelo Mora had three hits and drove in three runs as the Oklahoma City Dodgers beat the Tacoma Rainiers 6-3 Thursday night at Cheney Stadium. The Dodgers (60-47) scored two runs in the first inning and led from start to finish for the second consecutive game in the series. The Rainiers (53-56) got on the scoreboard for the first time in the series with a two-out RBI single by John Andreoli in the third inning to make it 3-1. The run also snapped a streak of 23 consecutive scoreless innings by the OKC pitching staff. The Dodgers responded with a three-run fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run homer off the bat of Mora. Dodgers starting pitcher and former University of Oklahoma standout Zach Neal tossed six solid innings to earn the win. Neal (3-2) allowed two earned runs and eight hits. FROM STAFF REPORTS … [Read more...] about OKC Dodgers: Mora leads OKC past Tacoma