Oklahoma City’s own Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present two performances of the fourth concert of its 10th anniversary season, “Bright Tales,” scheduled March 18-19, said David Johnson.
Guest artist for the concert will be violist Miles Hoffman, renowned Artistic Director of the American Chamber Players; Associate Professor of Viola at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC and and Music Commentator for National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.”
The works on the program are: (1) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Kegelstatt” Trio in E-flat Major, K.498 for viola, clarinet and piano; (2) Max Bruch’s Romance for Viola and Piano in F Major, op. 85; (3) Robert Schumann’s “Märchenerzählungen” (“Fairy Tales”), op. 132 for viola, clarinet and piano; and (4) Guillaume Lekeu’s Piano Quartet in B Minor for violin, viola, cello and piano.
Four Brightmusic musicians will appear with Mr. Hoffman on this concert: Gregory Lee (violin), Jonathan Ruck (cello), Chad Burrow (clarinet) and Amy I-Lin Cheng (piano).
The performances will take place on Monday, March 18th at 7:30 pm in northwest OKC at All Souls’ Episcopal Church, 6400 N. Pennsylvania Ave., followed by an identical presentation at Tuesday, March 19 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW 7th St.
Admission is $10 per adult; students and Season Members are free of charge. A reception with the musicians will follow each performance.
The shows are presented with the support of Chesapeake Corp., the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Ad Astra Foundation.
Guest Artist and Brightmusic Musicians Appearing
Guest Artist: Miles Hoffman is founder, violist and Artistic Director of the American Chamber Players, an outgrowth of his nine years’ service as the director of the Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival, which he founded. He regularly tours the United States and Canada with the American Chamber Players and frequently appears as a viola soloist with orchestras throughout the country. Mr. Hoffman is also Associate Professor of Viola at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he served as the Dean of the Petrie School of Music from 2007-10. His musical commentary, “Coming to Terms, was heard weekly throughout the United States from 1989-2002 on National Public Radio’s Performance Today. Now, as music commentator for NPR’s flagship news program, Morning Edition, he is regularly heard by an audience of some 14 million people. He is the author of The NPR Classical Music Companion, now in its tenth printing. He received his BA degree from Yale University and his MM from The Julliard School.
Violin: Dr. Gregory Lee, Associate Professor of Violin, University of Oklahoma; Concertmaster of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. Gregory regularly performs with the OU faculty ensembles Holmberg String Quartet and Oklahoma Chamber Players. BM, The Julliard School; MM and DMA, University of Michigan.
Cello: Dr. Jonathan Ruck, Assistant Professor of Cello, University of Oklahoma; Principal Cellist with the OKC Philharmonic Orchestra. Jon regularly performs with the OU faculty ensembles Holmberg String Quartet and Oklahoma Chamber Players. BM, MM and DMA, Indiana University.
Clarinet: Chad Burrow, Assistant Professor of Clarinet, University of Michigan; former Principal Clarinetist, OKC Philharmonic Orchestra. Chad is the clarinetist in the clarinet-piano ensemble Duo Clarion and the violin-clarinet-piano ensemble Trio Solari. BM, Northwestern University; MM, Yale University. Co-Artistic Director of Brightmusic.
Piano: Dr. Amy I-Lin Cheng, concert pianist; Lecturer of Piano at the University of Michigan; faculty member at the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts. Amy is the pianist in the clarinet-piano ensemble Duo Clarion and the violin-clarinet-piano ensemble Trio Solari. BM, The Curtis Institute of Music; MM and Artist Diploma, Yale University; DMA, New England Conservatory. Co-Artistic Director of Brightmusic