Brightmusic Announces its 13th Season
The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble proudly announces its 2015-16 season, bringing to music lovers in central Oklahoma the best in classical and modern chamber works performed by some of the finest musicians in the state with appearances by outstanding guest artists from across the nation.
Artistic Directors Chad Burrow and Amy I-Lin Cheng have again crafted an exciting and widely diverse program of five Regular Season concerts starting in September and concluding in April, followed by our fifth annual Spring Chamber Music Festival in June.
The concerts will take place at Saint Paul’s Cathedral at 7th and Robinson in downtown Oklahoma City on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Spring Festival dates, performance venue(s) and programs will be announced later in the season.
Season passes for all five Regular-Season concerts and all performances of the Spring Festival can be purchased for $75 per pass. Passes may be purchased online (see side bar to the right); by mail to Brightmusic at P.O. Box 20254, Oklahoma City, OK 73156; or at the door to Concert 1 on September 22. Brightmusic is still one of Oklahoma City’s greatest music values for world-class music! Single concert tickets will be available at the door for $20 each. Students and active-duty military will be admitted free of charge with appropriate ID.
Concert 1 – September 22, 2015, “From Beethoven to the Beatles”
Pop music has often borrowed from the classics, and now the favor is returned in our Season Premier. The iconic British rock band takes a seat beside Beethoven in Sean Osborn’s clarinet quintet, “The Beatles.” The Ensemble will also perform Gioachino Rossini’s Duo for Cello and Double Bass in D Major; Alexander Glazunov’s Reverie Orientale, Op. 14 for clarinet and string quartet; Svante Henryson’s “Backcountry Skiing” for jazz clarinet and cello; and will conclude with Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20, for violin, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, bassoon and horn.
Concert 2 – November 10, 2015, “Dvořák, Schumann & Schoenfield.”
A pair of piano quartets and a piano quintet are featured in our second concert. The two major works on the program are the Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 47 for piano, violin, viola and cello by Robert Schumann, and Antonin Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, op. 81. Also on the program is Paul Schoenfield’s “Carolina Reveille” for piano quartet, based on the 1922 Broadway song, “Carolina in the Morning.”
Concert 3 – January 19, 2016, “Piano & Friends.”
Guest pianist Tanya Bannister will take the spotlight in a tour-de-force performance, which will include Robert Muczynski’s Fantasy Trio, Op. 26 for piano, clarinet and cello; Johannes Brahms’ Trio in A minor, Op. 114 for piano, clarinet and cello; a solo piano work by Frederic Chopin, the Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52; and concluding with Gabriel Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 15 for piano, violin, viola and cello. Ms. Bannister is a concert pianist, recording artist and artistic director of the annual AlpenKammerMusik chamber music festival in Austria.
Concert 4 – March 15, 2016, “Three Colorful Trios”
will be featured in Concert 4, starting with Emil Hartmann’s Serenade for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A major, Op. 24, Aaron Jay Kernis’ Trio in Red (cello, clarinet and piano) and concluding with Johannes Brahms’ Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 for piano, violin and cello.
Concert 5 – April 5, 2016, “Quintets, Sextets & Queen”
will wrap up our Regular Season, including a sextet by Czech-French composer Anton Reicha, his Wind Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 88, No. 2, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn; Leos Janáček’s Mládi (“Youth”) for Wind Sextet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon and horn); Ludwig Thuille’s Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet (piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn); and an arrangement by Brightmusic’s own bassoonist Carl Rath of hit pop tunes by the British rock legend, Queen -- the “Queen Fantasy” for wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn).
Spring Chamber Music Festival – June 2016, Program to be Announced
Brightmusic will present its fifth annual Spring Chamber Music Festival in June 2016, with programs, dates and venue(s)to be announced later in the season. Keep an eye on our “Concerts” page on this website for updates.
Major season sponsorship is generously provided by the Ad Astra Foundation, the Oklahoma Arts Counsel and Richard L. Sias. Thank you!
Regular Season concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council.