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July 28, 2013

Get a taste of ‘Summer Wine’

ENID, Okla. — Music fans or people looking for an interesting evening will have the opportunity to attend the Enid Symphony “Summer Wine” series starting Aug. 6 at Enid Symphony Center.

Music Director Douglas Newell said the free series will be held on Tuesday nights in August.

“They will be one hour long, beginning at 7 p.m.,” Newell said.

The series is sponsored by Park Avenue Thrift.

Aug. 6 will feature “The Maestro, the Missus and the Minister,” presenting “Always.” The evening will feature songs of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and others. It features Douglas and Lawanna Newell, who will be accompanied by the Rev. Andrew Long on piano. Long is pastor of First Presbyterian Church.

Cole Porter songs scheduled are “DeLovely,” “True Love,” “Night and Day,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” Gershwin music will be “I Got Rhythm” and “’S Wonderful.” Composer Hoagy Carmichael’s “The Nearness of You,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” by Lerner and Lowe also are scheduled.

Irving Berlin compositions “Blue Skies” and “Count Your Blessings” will be presented by Newell, a baritone, and his wife Lawanna, a soprano. Other works to be performed are John Green’s “Body and Soul,” Berlin’s “Always,” and a presentation by Mozart’s “Three Duets from the Magic Flute and the Marriage of Figaro,” along with “Crudel, perche finora,” “Bei Mannern” and “Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa.”

The program will close with a Jule Styne composition of “Make Someone Happy.”

Poet Sharon Frye and Friends are scheduled Aug. 13. Frye is an Enid poet whose poem “Rise Heroes” will be inscribed on a sculpture for first responders, commissioned by Dean Thompson, of Dallas. Frye will collaborate with Irish narrative artist Eabha Rose in spoken and audio productions later this summer in Ireland.

“A Harvest of Words” will be presented Aug. 20 by Enid Writers Club. The evening will feature a number of artists presenting various forms of art, including storytelling. Writers include Chantell Titrakul, Dennis McDonald, Karen Evans, Lucie Smoker, Marsha Kay Oldham, Jim Arnold, Martha Draper, Paula Benge, Mable Carpenter and Peggy Chambers.

Joe Lamerton will present “The Art of Hand Carved Furniture” on Aug. 27.

The free series is called “Summer Wine” due to the fact wine will be available to those attending.

For information, call Newell at Enid Symphony Center, 237-9646. The center is located at 301 W. Broadway.

“This is a new series. We were looking for things to present and a night that would work. It’s informal,” Newell said.

In the future, photography and art exhibits are being considered.

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