Brightmusic Continues Its 2013-14 Concert Season in January
In January 2014, Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble proudly continues its 2013-14 Concert Season of bringing the best classical and modern chamber music to the music-lovers of central Oklahoma, from the finest musicians in our State.
Artistic Directors Chad Burrow and Amy I-Lin Cheng have crafted another outstanding program of five Regular Season concerts, which started in September and which will continue into April, followed by our third annual Spring Festival in June – “The Music of France.”
Brightmusic is giving two performances of each Regular Season concert. Our 2013-14 venues remain the same: Monday nights at All Souls’ Episcopal Church at 63rd and Pennsylvania and Tuesday nights at St. Paul’s Cathedral at 7th and Robinson. Details about “The Music of France” Festival will be announced later in the Season.
Adult admission to each concert is $15.00 (cash or checks only, please). Student admission continues to be free of charge (please bring your student ID).
You can still save money and make a charitable contribution at the same time by reserving a Season 11 Membership for $75.00 per person. You’ll receive a personal Season Membership card, which will admit you to all Regular Season and Festival concerts. More information about Season Memberships is available here.
Concert 3 – January 20-21, 2014 - 7:30 pm – To chase away the cold of winter, the New Year will bring the lively concert “Shanties, Songs and Serenades.” The five works on the program are: Matthew Arnold’s Three Shanties for Wind Quintet, op. 4; David Maslanka’s Wind Quintet No. 4; György Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, K.452; and Jean Françaix’s “L’Heure du berger. Our guest pianist for this concert (Brightmusic’s pianist and Co-Artistic Director Amy Cheng is expecting a baby in February!) will be Van Cliburn 2013 International Piano Competition competitor Dr. Alex McDonald from Dallas. For more information about Dr. McDonald, visit www.alexmcdonaldpiano.com.
Concert 4 – March 10-11, 2014 - 7:30 pm – As winter turns to spring, Brightmusic will spotlight a special guest artist – cellist Joshua Roman – in “Transcendental Doxology.” Mr. Roman – an Oklahoma City native – was home-schooled in OKC until age 16, when he entered the Cleveland Institute of Music, where he earned his BM and MM degrees in cello performance. At age 22, he was selected as the principal cellist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. After two seasons in that position, Mr. Roman moved to New York City to embark on a solo career. He has appeared with numerous orchestras and chamber music ensembles, and has given dozens of solo recitals across the United States, as well as in Canada, Ecuador, Russia, Peru, France and Sri Lanka. Brightmusic is proud to host his hometown return performance in OKC! Our guest pianist for this concert (by March, Amy Chen will be on maternity leave) will be Dr. Stephen Buck, who received his doctoral degree from the Yale University School of Music and is now the chair of the piano department at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. The Ensemble will perform Robert Schumann's Adagio and Allegro, op. 70 for cello and piano; Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, op. 66; and Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, op. post., D.956. For more information about guest artist Joshua Roman, visit www.joshuaroman.com. For more information about guest pianist Stephen Buck, visit www.stephenbuck.com.
Concert 5 – April 7-8, 2014 - 7:30 pm – “And Legions Will Rise” will close our Regular Season concert series. It will feature five works: Carl Maria von Weber’s Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and String Quartet; “Raven” for Clarinet and Marimba by OKC’s own composer Edward Knight; the title work by Kevin Puts, “And Legions Will Rise,” for violin, clarinet and marimba; Louis Spohr’s Fantasia and Variations on a Theme by Danzi, op. 81; and Mozart’s String Quintet No. 3 in C Major, K.515, for two violins, two violas and cello.
The Regular Season will be followed in June by Brightmusic’s third Spring Festival, “The Music of France.” Our Festival concerts will include works by Ravel, Debussy, Berlioz, Messiaen, Milhaud, Saint-Saëns, Faure, Poulenc and others. Festival dates are June 12, June 14, June 15 and June 17. Click here for more information.
You can reserve a Season Membership two ways. You can mail a contribution check at $75.00 per person to Brightmusic, P.O. Box 20254, OKC 73156. Or you can reserve and contribute by credit card, PayPal or eCheck on our website HERE. We would very much appreciate whatever additional contribution you may be able to make, in addition to your Season Membership contribution! We value the strong support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, central Oklahoma’s cultural foundations and members of the OKC business community. But we also need strong individual support to maintain a superb residential chamber music ensemble here in Oklahoma City.
Mark your calendars now for the Regular Season concerts in January, March and April 2014. Take your choice of Monday nights at All Souls’ in northwest OKC or Tuesday nights at St. Paul’s downtown. Stay tuned to Brightmusic’s website and our eNewsletters for details of next June’s “The Music of France” Festival.