Oklahoma City’s own Brightmusic Chamber Music Ensemble will present two performances of its final concert of the 2010-11 season. The May 9 and 10 concerts will feature “Americana” — the works of five living American composers, including three works commissioned by Brightmusic.
The Monday evening performance will be given in the newly-renovated St. Edward the Confessor’s Chapel at Casady School. Tuesday’s performance will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church downtown.
World premiere performances will be given of Dr. Rob Deemer’s “Vigils” and of Dr. Kris Maloy’s “Overture to the Great American Songbook.” Rob Deemer’s “Vigils” evokes morning and evening prayers, reflections on the closing of one day and the beginning of the next. Kris Maloy’s “Overture” features more than 20 familiar American songs, arranged as an overture to a musical theater production, to illustrate the diversity of great music that America has contributed to the world over the last 300 years. It ends with a foot-tapping romp based on “The Orange Blossom Special.”
Brightmusic will also give a repeat performance of its 2007 commission in honor of the Oklahoma Centennial, Dr. Ed Knight’s “Beneath a Cinnamon Moon.” The world premiere performance was given in January 2007 – the month of Oklahoma’s worst ice storms. Audiences at OK Mozart heard it later that year, but Brightmusic decided that it is time for another performance at a warm-weather concert in Oklahoma City. Works by American-born composer John Harris Harbison and Canadian-born composer Bill Douglas will round out the program.
Brightmusic musicians appearing at these performances include:
Violin: Dr. Gregory Lee, concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and assistant professor of violin at the University of Oklahoma. Viola: Royce McLarry, principal violist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lawton Philharmonic, and an associate music faculty member at Oklahoma Christian University.
Cello: Tomasz Zieba, associate principal cellist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and instructor of cello at Oklahoma City University.
Clarinet: Chad Burrow, former principal clarinetist, Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and associate professor of clarinet at Oklahoma City University; currently assistant professor of clarinet, University of Michigan; Co-Artistic Director of Brightmusic.
Bassoon: Carl Rath, principal bassoonist of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and associate professor of bassoon at the University of Oklahoma.
Trumpet: Michael Anderson, trumpeter with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and associate professor of trumpet at Oklahoma City University.
Horn: Dr. Kate Pritchett, hornist with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Lawton Philharmonic, and instructor of horn and music theory at Oklahoma City University.
Piano: Dr. Amy I-Lin Cheng, concert pianist and collaborative musician; former head of the piano department at Oklahoma City University; Co-Artistic Director of Brightmusic.
Monday’s performance is at 7:30 p.m. in St. Edward’s Chapel on the campus of Casady School, 9500 N. Pennsylvania Avenue (Britton Road and Penn). Tuesday’s performance is at 7:30 p.m. in St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 127 N.W. 7th (corner of 7th and Robinson). A reception will follow both performances.
This concert is made possible by generous grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and The Meinders Foundation. Admission to the concert is by donation (student admission is free).
Brightmusic is a participant in Allied Arts’ OKCityCard program. Brightmusic is on the Web at www.brightmusic.org