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Brightmusic season begins with Romance; five regular concerts planned, Bonus post-season Bach and Brahms concerts to follow in May

Staff Report

Oklahoma City’s own Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble proudly announces its ninth season of chamber music concerts. The 2011-12 season consists of five regular performances, starting Sept. 2011 and concluding April 2012. The regular season will be followed by a bonus series, comprising four, Bach and Brahms concert festivals in May.

Brightmusic will give two performances of each regular season concert – Monday nights at Casady School, 9500 N Pennsylvania Ave. in, and Tuesday nights at downtown’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 127 N.W. 7 St. Dates, performance venues, guest artists and programs for the Bach-Brahms Festival will be announced later in the season.

The opening night concert, “Twilight of Romanticism,” will be performed on Sept. 12-13. It will feature the late-Romantic music of Gustav Mahler, Alban Berg, Carl Frühling and Ernst von Dohnányi.

Then, Nov. 14-15, Brightmusic’s original artistic directors – Matthew Dane and Christina Jennings – will join current artistic directors – Chad Burrow and Amy Cheng – in the “Founders’ Concert.” OKC music fans will remember Dane and Christina as the viola and flute principals of the OKC Philharmonic (or the Phil, as locals like to call it), as well as music professors from the University of Oklahoma. They will undoubtedly prove to be exciting guest artists.

The New Year will bring three more season concerts. “Café Music” on Jan. 16-17 will present music of Beethoven, Francaix, Klughardt and the title work by American composer Paul Schoenfield.

On March 12-13, Brightmusic will perform its second annual Mae Ruth Swanson Memorial Concert, “Three Exotic Trios,” highlighting the music of Haydn, Smetana and American composer Eric Ewazen. “Musical Narratives” will close the Regular Season on April 23-24 with works by Schubert, Nielsen, Spohr and Wolfgang.

Concert admission is $10 for adults, free for students with ID. For more information about the 2011-2012 Season and Season Memberships, visit Season sponsors are Chesapeake Energy Corp., the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Ad Astra Foundation.

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