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Brightmusic’s “Musical Narratives” slated for April 23 at Casady, April 24 at St. Paul’s

Staff Report

On April 23-24, 2012, Oklahoma City’s own Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present two performances of its fifth concert of the 2011-12 Season, “Musical Narratives.”

The program reflects four stories told in music, written during different musical periods by composers of different nationalities. What these works share is to illustrate the capacity of instrumental music to convey narrative themes.

The works are: (1) “Three Short Stories” for clarinet and bassoon by the living American composer Garnet Wolfgang; (2) String Trio in B-flat Major, D.581 for violin, viola and cello by the 19th Century Austrian composer Franz Schubert; (3) “Senate in Vane” (“Serenade in Vain”) for cello, double bass, clarinet, bassoon and horn by the 19th-20th Century Danish composer Carl Nielsen; and (4) “None for Winds and Strings” in F Major, op. 31, for nine instruments – violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn – by the 19th Century German composer Louis Spoor.

The musicians who will appear are Gregory Lee (violin), Royce McLarry (viola), Jonathan Ruck (cello), George Speed (double bass), Parthena Owens (flute), Lisa Harvey-Reed (oboe), Chad Burrow (clarinet), Carl Rath (bassoon) and Kate Pritchett (horn).

The performances will take place on Monday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Edward’s Chapel at Casady School, 9500 N. Pennsylvania Ave. (at Britton Road); and on Tuesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW 7 St. (at Robinson).

Admission is $10 per adult; students are free of charge. A reception with the musicians will follow each performance. This concert is made possible by season grants from Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Ad Astra Foundation.

Although the “narratives” concert is the final regular presentation of the season, Brightmusic will host a four-concert festival of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Johannes Brahms on May 26-27 and May 29 and 31.

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