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Brightmusic to present “America, the Beautiful” spring festival

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Staff Report

Brightmusic’s Fourth Annual Spring Music Festival – “America, the Beautiful”— will present four concerts between June 11, 13, 14 & 16, 2015, at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

The Festival will showcase the works of an all-American lineup, highlighting the contributions American composers to chamber music literature.  Featured composers and works will include George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, John Corigliano, Charles Ives, Peter Schickele, John Williams, John Harbison and Oklahoma City’s own Edward Knight, Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence at Oklahoma City University.

The festival promises to be among Oklahoma City’s most outstanding musical events of the season, celebrating some of America’s finest chamber music.

Samuel Barger’s stirring “Adagio for Strings” is the focus of Concert 1 (June 11, 7:30 p.m.).

Concert 2 on June 13 (Saturday, June 13) will be George Gershwin’s “quintessentially American” composition, the “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Concert 3 underscores a perpetual American theme: “From Sea to Shining Sea” (4 p.m. on Sunday, June 14).

Concert 4 on June 16 (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.) will bring to the fore John Corigliano’s haunting theme from the film, “the Red Violin.”

Brightmusic’s magnificent performers will include Dr. Sean Y. Wang (Violin, Guest Artist), Dr. Gregory Lee (Violin), Hal Grossman (Violin), Katrin Stamatis (Violin), Dr. Mark Neumann (Viola), Dr. Jonathan Ruck (Cello), Dr. Meredith Blecha-Wells (Cello), Parthena Owens (Flute), Lisa Harvey-Reed (Oboe), Chad Burrow (Clarinet), Rodney Ackmann (Bassoon), Dr. Kate Pritchett (Horn), Dr. Amy I-Lin Cheng (Piano) and Wen Shen (Piano).

St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral is located at 127 NW 7th Street in Oklahoma City. Tickets for adults are $15 and will be available at the door; students receive free admission.

The City Sentinel is proud to support Brightmusic. Sponsors of this year’s spring festival include Richard A. Sias, the Ad Astra Foundation, The Kerr Foundation, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, and Oklahomans for the Arts.

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The mailing address is: Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, P.O. Box 20254, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73156, telephone: (405) 216-5595.

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