Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble Announces its 2014-15 Season
The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble proudly announces its 2014-15 season, bringing to the music lovers of central Oklahoma the best in classical and modern chamber music 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 created a widely-diverse program of five Regular Season concerts, starting in September and concluding in April, followed by our fourth annual Spring Festival in June – “America, the Beautiful.”
Brightmusic will give two performances of each Regular Season concert. The Monday evening concerts will be at All Souls' Episcopal Church at Northwest 63rd and Pennsylvania. Our Tuesday evening concerts will be performed at St. Paul's Cathedral at 7th and Robinson in downtown Oklahoma City. Spring Festival dates, performance venues and program will be announced later in the season.
Adult admission to each of the nine concerts will be $15 (cash or check only, please). Student admission continues to be free of charge with student ID.
You can reserve a Season Pass for $75. We will send you a laminated Season Membership card, which will admit you to all five Regular Season concerts and all four Spring Festival concerts, a savings of $60 over the individual concert admission fees for the nine concerts. More information about Season Memberships may be found below and on the right-hand side of this page,
Concert 1 – September 22-23 Our season premier, “Poetic Portraits,” features guest artist Randall Scarlata, Philadelphia-based, world-renowned baritone. The concert includes Overture on Hebrew Themes, op. 34, for string quartet, clarinet and piano by Sergei Prokofiev. The remainder of the concert will showcase the richly-expressive voice of Mr. Scarlata in a delightful performance of selected Schubert Lieder for baritone and piano, Thea Musgrave's “Four Portraits” for baritone, clarinet and piano, Samuel Barber's Dover Beach, op. 3, for baritone and string quartet, and Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe, op. 48, for baritone and piano. You won't want to miss this stunning soirée of song.
Concert 2 – November 17-18 Our second concert, “Austrian & German Masterworks for Winds,” is a wind-lover's paradise. The Brightmusic winds will present two of J.S. Bach's Chorale Preludes arranged for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn and Paul Hindemith's Kleine Kammermusik, op. 24, no. 2, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn. The evening continues with Sigfrid Karg-Elert's Jugend, op. 139a, for flute, clarinet, horn and piano, and Alexander Zemlinsky's Humoresque (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn). The evening finale is Beethoven's Quintet for Piano and Winds, op. 16, for piano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn.
Concert 3 – January 12-13 Brightmusic ushers in the New Year with “World Traveling Violin” featuring guest violinist Cyrus Beroukhim, Concertmaster of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and Associate Professor of Music at New York University. This trio extravaganza includes Mozart's Trio in B-Flat Major, K.502, for violin, cello and piano, and Aram Khachaturian's Trio for violin, clarinet and piano, followed by Bright Sheng's Tibetan Dance for violin, clarinet and piano, Maurice Ravel's Sonata No. 1 in A Minor for violin and piano, and concluding with Paul Schoenfield's Trio for violin, clarinet and piano. String enthusiasts will especially enjoy this dazzling evening.
Concert 4 – March 16-17 “Music of War and Remembrance” includes Igor Stravinsky's “L'histoire du Soldat” (The Soldier's Tale), based on a Russian folk tale of a soldier who trades his violin to the devil for in exchange for wealth, arranged by the composer for violin, clarinet, and piano; Edward Elgar's Piano Quintet in A Minor for piano, 2 violins, viola and cello, and Paul Schoenfield's “Sparks of Glory” for narrator, violin, cello, clarinet, piano.
Concert 5 – April 20-21 Our regular season closes with “The Piano Quartet” and features Mozart's Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K.493 (piano, violin, viola, cello), Piano Quartet in A Minor, op. 67, of Joachin Turina (piano, violin, viola, cello), and Brahms' Piano Quartet No. 3 in C Minor, op. 60 (piano, violin, viola, cello). Join us for an evening of chamber music at its finest.
Spring Festival June 2015 The perfect sequel to last year's festival featuring the music of France, our 2015 season culminates with “America, the Beautiful,” showcasing the contribution of American composers to the modern repertoire, including George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, John Corigliano and Samuel Barber. Dates, venue, guest artists and programs will be announced later in the season—watch for it on our website! Wear your red, white and blue and come celebrate with us some of the finest musical works from America.
You can reserve season memberships three ways. You can mail a check for $75 per membership to Brightmusic, P. O. Box 20254, Oklahoma City, OK 73156. You can reserve and pay by credit card, PayPal or eCheck on our website here. Or you can become a Season Memer by contributing at the door to any of the five Regular Season concerts. We would appreciate any additional contribution you may be able to make in addition to your season membership contribution. We thank you for helping to bring outstanding chamber music to central Oklahoma! It is possible only with your support.
Mark your calendar now for the five regular season concerts. Your season pass allows you to choose the venue most convenient for you: Monday nights at All Souls' in Nichols Hills or Tuesday nights at St. Paul's downtown. And stay tuned to Brightmusic's website and eNewsletters for details of next June's Spring Festival, “America, the Beautiful.”
Major season sponsorship is generously provided by the Ad Astra Foundation, the Oklahoma Arts Council and Richard Sias. Thank you!
Regular Season concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council.