Wednesday, November 17, 2010

BRIEF: Oklahoma musicians shine at special dinner

Posted on: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 03:26:34 EST

Nov 17, 2010 (The Oklahoman - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --

The gifts and talents of Oklahoma singers and musicians were celebrated Tuesday during a special dinner at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Musuem.

Music stars like the pop group Hanson, violinist Kyle Dillingham and opera singer Leona Mitchell performed before a crowd of about 1,000 who gathered for the "Music as Oklahoma's Creative Industry" dinner. The dinner was part of the Creativity World Forum that continues today in Oklahoma City.

Hanson -- consisting of brothers and Tulsa natives Taylor, Zac and Isaac Hanson -- performed two selections, while Enid native Mitchell performed a rousing rendition of "Summertime." Another Enid native, Dillingham and his violin brought the audience to its feet for a lengthy standing ovation.

Other Oklahomans on the program included gospel recording artist Sandi Patty, country and western singer Wanda Jackson, fiddler Byron Berline and songwriter Jimmy Webb.

Creativity ambassadors were recognized as part of the evening's program.

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