By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008
Norahua Mexican Folklorico Dancers of Oklahoma will kick off the BA Arts & Humanities Council’s Encore Series on September 9.
It’s time once again for the Encore Series, brought to you by the Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council. This year’s lineup is guaranteed to excite and inform patrons as three unique acts will take the stage in Broken Arrow.
The season kicks off on September 9 with the cultural phenomenon Norahua Mexican Folklorico Dancers of Oklahoma. The season continues on December 4 when the Four Freshmen bring their classic ’50s sound to the stage for a great Christmas show. And the season concludes next year on May 16 with the big band sounds of The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. All shows will be held at North Intermediate High School Auditorium in Broken Arrow.
“Norahua” is a word from the indigenous people of northern Mexico meaning “friends,” and is the chosen name of the Mexican folkloric dance group based in Oklahoma City. The group’s work emphasizes the colorful, exciting and diverse culture in Mexico.
“It is our pleasure to bring something culturally-enhancing to our city,” said BA Arts Council President Adam J. Foreman. “Our mission statement for the Council states we are to encourage an exploration of cultural diversity. I can’t think of a better way to do it than with this talented group of dancers.”
May 16, 2009 brings the big band sounds of The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.
Founded in 1994, Norahua performs at various festivals, schools and cultural events throughout Oklahoma and nearby states. Members of the group share the spirit and culture of Mexico with pride. They are under the artistic direction of Jaime Fuentes, who studied Mexican folkloric dance in Chihuahua, Mexico. He is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his work in this field.
“It will be a colorful night full of elaborate costumes, beautiful choreography and touches of culture for everyone involved. I hope that people coming take home a little something extra in the end,” said Foreman.
Tickets are $15 and are available at all four Arkansas Valley State Bank locations – downtown Broken Arrow, 121st & Elm in BA, 51st & Mingo in Tulsa and the newest location next to Bass Pro Shop in BA – and Arrow Flowers at 213 South Main in downtown Broken Arrow. Season passes to all three concerts are also available for only $40. Members of the BA Arts Council receive a 2-for-1 special on both regular tickets and season passes.
Sponsors for the 2008-2009 Encore Series season include the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Windstream Communications, Arkansas Valley State Bank and Public Service Company of Oklahoma.
For more information about the Encore Series or the BA Arts & Humanities Council, visit the official website at www.artsba.org, or call (918) 259-4300 x. 258 or 244.
The Four Freshmen will bring their classic ’50s sound to the stage for a great Christmas show December 4.