What is Chamber music?
It is a form of classical music played by a small group traditionally suitable for a palace chamber or large room, with the most familiar form being the string quartet of the 18th and 19th centuries. Join us and discover the intimate joy of chamber music, one of classical music’s most accessible forms! It is perhaps the best introduction to classical music for those wanting to enhance their cultural experiences.
Top Quality Chamber Music in Oklahoma City
Since 2003, the Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma has brought exciting chamber music performances to Oklahoma City audiences. Artistic Directors Chad Burrow (clarinet) and Amy I-Lin Cheng (piano) lead a talented ensemble of musicians in five Regular-Season concerts and a multi-concert Spring Chamber Music Festival in June.
Familiar Favorites and World Premieres
In addition to performing audience favorites from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, Brightmusic is dedicated to presenting modern works for chamber ensemble. We also commission and premiere works by living composers, adding to the repertoire of modern chamber music.
Inspired Performances from acclaimed musicians
Brightmusic musicians are truly exceptional artists. They perform regularly here and abroad as soloists, in ensembles, and with top symphony orchestras. All of them are university-level educators. Despite demanding schedules, each Brightmusic musician looks forward to the excitement and challenge of interpreting works for chamber ensemble.
2016-2017 Guest Artists
|Maestro Joel Levine||Professor Michael Haithcock|
Each season the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble features highly acclaimed guest artists to perform with the Brightmusic musicians. This season, Brightmusic was honored to have Maestro Joel Levine, Music Director and Conductor of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, conduct Concert 2 in one of the largest ever ensembles of Brightmusic musicians. Maestro Levine, the longest serving music director in our city’s history, began his 28th season leading the Philharmonic. Arriving in OKC in 1976, when he assumed duties as music director of the Lyric Theatre, Maestro Levine has taken an active role in the cultural life of Oklahoma City, taking an active roll in the passage MAPS 1 and receiving the Governor’s Arts Award in 1989. He was named Oklahoma Musician of the year in 1991 and was the 2008 “Treasures of Tomorrow” honoree. He also received the 2001 Stanley Draper Award for his contributions to downtown Oklahoma City.
Also joining Brightmusic this season is Professor Michael Haithcock, Director of University Bands and Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan. He assumed duties at the University of Michigan in 2001 following 23 years on the faculty of Baylor University. He conducts the internationally renowned University of Michigan Symphony Band and other groups, receiving a wide array of critical acclaim. In Concert 5, Professor Haithcock will lead the largest ensemble of Brightmusic musicians yet assembled in our season finale featuring wind instruments. Everyone is invited to stay after the concert for the reception in his honor.