From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music and the music of his native country, Beppe Gambetta has traveled the world to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. Gambetta will close the Winter Wind Series in the Norman Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue, on Sunday, March 30 with a 7:00 pm concert. Tickets are $20.
Gambetta has been well-known in the global steel-string guitar scene for years and is widely recognized as the leading flatpick guitarist of Europe. Also a talented vocalist who sings in both English and Italian, Beppe’s is an inspired music that doesn’t rely solely on his high level of technical excellence, but also reveals the innermost feelings of a playful mind that is always exploring and innovating while staying firmly rooted in tradition.
Gambetta's technique, which echoes both Doc Watson and the Moravian folk music he loves, is characterized by flashy licks, intricate cross-picking patterns, open tunings, and fluid slides up and down the neck of the guitar.
Known for his charm and engaging stage presence, Beppe has performed in prestigious U.S. festivals such as Walnut Valley, Merlefest, and Kerrville Folk Festival, and those in Winnipeg and Edmonton Canada. He's appeared on radio shows All Things Considered and E-Town and has performed in prestigious rooms like the Ryman Auditorium and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He is currently touring to support his recently released CD, The American Album, his twelfth.
Beppe has been called a "virtual United Nations of influences: Italian, Ukrainian, Appalachian, Sardinisn, Celtic". With America in his heart and his roots in the sun of the Mediterranean sea, he bridges the shores of the two continents, spending half of each year on each, creating a musical fusion where country music and Ligurian tradition, emigration songs and folk ballads, not only coexist but interact, weaving a deep dialog unaware of any rigid classification.
Concert tickets are available by clicking on the "Buy Now" button above, and at the Performing Arts Studio in the Norman Depot. For additional information on this and other PAS programs phone 405 307-9320.
Winter Wind Concerts are a program of the Performing Arts Studio and made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by sponsors Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion, and Nancy McClellan. Additional support comes from contributors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Hugh and Keri Young; Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; Mike Goodman & Karen Furman. Friends include Danna Primm; Marie Soliel; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.
- Last Updated: 18 March 2014
The Performing Arts Studio is honored to present a Second Sunday Poetry reading by William Bernhardt on April 13 in The Depot, 200 South Jones Avenue, Norman. There is no admission charge for the reading which begins at 2:00 p.m.
William Bernhardt is the author of thirty-five published works, including his poetry book, The White Bird, the Ben Kincaid novels, the Shine young adult novels, and Nemesis: The Final Case of Eliot Ness, which is currently in production for an NBC miniseries. Bernhardt is also one of the most sought-after writing instructors in the nation. His small-group seminars have educated many authors now published by major publishing houses.
Bernhardt holds a Masters Degree in English Literature and is a two-time winner of the Oklahoma Book Award. He is the only writer to have received the Southern Writers Guild’s Gold Medal Award, the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award (University of Pennsylvania) and the H. Louise Cobb Distinguished Author Award (OSU), which is given "in recognition of an outstanding body of work that has profoundly influenced the way in which we understand ourselves and American society at large."
In addition, he has written plays, including a musical (book and music), humor, nonfiction, biography, and crossword puzzles. He is a member of the Author’s Guild, PEN International and the American Academy of Poets.
Bernhardt’s books have been translated into two dozen languages worldwide and his sales have topped 10 million books. He lives in Oklahoma with his family.
Enjoy “Generations”, the paintings of father and son Brad and Nathan Price, in the Depot Gallery while attending the poetry reading. For further information about Performing Arts Studio programs phone 405 307-9320.
- Last Updated: 17 March 2014
“Generations,” a father-son art exhibit with Brad and Nathan Price featuring recent works in oil, acrylic and mixed-media, will open in the Depot Gallery, 200 South Jones, Norman, on March 1 and continue through April 31. There will be receptions for the artists in conjunction with Norman’s 2nd Friday Circuit of Art on both March 14 and April 11 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Both receptions will include painting demonstrations by the artists.
Norman artist Brad Price is an instructor in the Art Department at Oklahoma Baptist University. Son Nathan Price is a graphic designer, visual artist and musician living in Tulsa, OK.
The bold brushstrokes and colors in expressionist works by Brad Price are inspired by the Southwest landscape and its rugged beauty. His works in oil are emotive and colorful with strong directional lines. He invites the viewer to enter and view the world that he has seen and experienced. Currently, the landscape of Northern New Mexico is his primary focus.
The Mayor of Santa Fe, chose one of Brad’s paintings for the cover of the Centennial Issue of the Santa Fe Visitor’s Guide. During the Oklahoma Bicentennial his works were exhibited at the Oklahoma State Capital. He has been the cover artist for the magazine, “Santa Fe Circle.” His work is widely collected.
Brad Price is represented by Meyer Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe and Indigo Gallery in Madrid, New Mexico . In Oklahoma he is represented by Downtown Art and Frame and the Depot, both in Norman. He also sells through his website at www.bradprice.net.
Nathan Price is a visual artist from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Though born in Fort Worth, Texas, Nathan grew up in South America. He paints in an abstract style using the mediums of ink, acrylic and oil. He has an affinity for the faces of both animals and people. Every painting is an adventure, an experiment and an expression.
Nathan is currently designing and illustrating for the popular guitar pedal company, Walrus Audio of Norman, OK. Well known in the music industry, his artwork embellishes album cover art for many bands, local and national, including: Dead Sea Choir; Brian Haas; Matt Chamberlain; Ngheims; MARSH; Blackwatch Studios; Fowler VW Christmas Album; The Brilliance; and Sherree Chamberlain.
In addition to his visual art, Nathan is a consummate drummer, studio musician and producer. He is associated with Church Studios in Tulsa, and Black Watch Studios in Norman. Find out more about Nathan D. Price at www.nathanpriceart.com
The paintings in “Generations” will be offered for purchase in an ongoing silent auction which will close at exhibit close. Bids will start at one half the retail price.
Exhibits in the Depot Gallery are a program of the Performing Arts Studio and are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council. For additional information about this and other PAS programs, visit phone 405 307-9320. Gallery hours are 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday. Admission is free.
- Last Updated: 24 February 2014