Jun 7, 2012
08:17 AM
Weekender

Summer symphony

Summer symphony

Classical music, performing arts, chamber music, jazz, pops and Broadway tunes. Wow, this wide variety of attractions makes a day trip well worth the travel. So jump in the car and venture out to Bartlesville (or even Oklahoma City!) for any of the numerous musical performances taking place over the next week.

Bartlesville is geared up and ready to host the 28th annual season of the OK Mozart International Music Festival beginning Friday, June 8. The 10-day festival prides itself on being Oklahoma’s premier music festival, featuring more than 150 musicians in two cities.

This will be the second year for OK Mozart's outreach program, a series of five concerts presented in Oklahoma City. The recent expansion makes the OK Mozart festival one of the only music festivals in the country to have simultaneous concerts in different cities.

Several musicians will be returning to the festival this year including the Amici New York Orchestra, artistic director Adria Benjamin, violist and chamber music director Paul Neubauer, guest conductors James Bagwell and Constantine Kitsopoulos, and radio host Bill McGlaughlin.

The festival will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday in Bartlesville with a free opening night celebration at Johnstone Park, 200 N. Cherokee Ave. This family-friendly celebration will include music, entertainment, face painting, prize giveaways and food vendors. Bring some lawn chairs and enjoy the free entertainment preceding a week of music.

An array of musical concerts will take place daily throughout the week featuring Grammy-winning musicians as well as local musicians.

Along with the main concert events, the festival will include more than 60 showcase events, the majority of which are free. Visitors can take guided tours, listen to Oklahoma folktales, learn contra dancing, watch puppet shows and hear a variety of music ranging from folk to jazz.

Don’t miss out on these…

The Woolaroc outdoor concert, a festival favorite, will take place at 8 p.m. Friday, June 15, and will feature OK Mozart Music Festival’s world-class orchestra, Amici New York Orchestra. The orchestra will be conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos, with guest soloist Rhiannon Giddens, featuring music by Gershwin, Gould, Ravel, Strauss, Sousa and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

The festival will go out with a bang at its Grand Finale Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 16. The Amici New York Orchestra will welcome back Kyle Dillingham in a world premiere of Callen Clarke’s “Life Symphony,” conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos. The evening concert will also feature a performance by Grammy Award-winning bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding.

For a full list of concerts, visit okmozart.com.

Tickets and season passes can be purchased by phone at 918-336-9800, by faxing online order forms to the OK Mozart Box Office, online at okmozart.com or in person at the OK Mozart Box Office located at 415 S. Dewey Suite 100, Bartlesville. All major credit cards are accepted and prices will vary.

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