The story of oilman and governor of Oklahoma during the Depression era, E.W. Marland, and his beautiful wife Lydie Marland, whose life added an element of mystery and poignancy to Marland's story.
Original musical score by Joseph Rivers.
Premiered in May 2016 in Ponca City, OK at the famed Poncan Theatre in Ponca City, OK, and at the historic Circle Cinema in Tulsa. The premiere on Oklahoma Educational Television took place on September 22, 2016. The film can be ordered or purchased through the Marland Estate - The Marland Mansion: Palace on the Prairie: http://www.marlandmansion.com/high_stakes.htm
Promotional Trailer for the film's premiere: High Stakes. The Life and Times of E. W. Marland (2016)
Directed by Randy Smith and choreographed by Jenna Smith, with Roman Jasinski acting as artistic adviser, the ballet tells the story of the Osage Indian tribe from its Missouri days, to Kansas and finally the Oklahoma Osage Hills, and is a tale of tragedy, triumph and hope.
Joseph Rivers and Osage composer Lou Brock each composed musical themes for various scenes of the ballet, and Rivers arranged, orchestrated and recorded the music for the production.
The ballet was premiered in Tulsa and Bartlesville in August 2012 and performed at the Smithsonian National Museum for the American Indian in Washington, D.C. on March 20-23, 2013. The March 23rd Washington performance can be viewed at National Museum for the American Indian. A revised version was presented in additional performances in Tulsa and Bartlesville in August 2013, and the ballet continues to be performed up to the present day.
Performance at the National Museum of the American Indian, March 2013 - YouTube
Brother Mine, feature film (Nathan McLeod, director), original musical score, 2008
Incidental music to If All Danes Were Jews, play by Yevgeny Yevtushenko, 2004
Prairie Dreams(opera), 2003
The Exile's Return, orchestral ballet in five scenes, 1997
I. Music from Scene One, "The Peasant Daughter"