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Brightmusic plans to “Roll Over Beethoven” – Plan on Sept. 22 for quality “long-hair” music

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Staff Report

OKLAHOMA CITY – On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Oklahoma City’s Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble will present its first concert of the 2015-16 season, “From Beethoven to the Beatles,” featuring some of the most popular compositions of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Eight Brightmusic musicians will perform a little jazz, a little rock and a lot of great music, including one of Beethoven’s most successful works, his Septet in E-flat major for strings, winds and horn. For a good time of rock-n’roll and classical quality, plan on attending.

Some have forgotten that before the age of rock music, classical compositions were known as “long hair music” – largely in tribute to Beethoven’s astonishing genius. The Beatles and others broadened the meaning of that venerable old term. Now, you can hear a little of each in one sitting.

Works on the program include:  1) Rossini’s Duo for Cello and Double Bass in C Major; 2) Glazunov’s Reverie Orientale for clarinet and string quartet; 3) Svante Henryson’s “Backcountry Skiing” for jazz clarinet and cello; 4) selections from Sean Osborn’s “The Beatles” for clarinet and string quartet; and 5) Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat major (Op. 20), for violin, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, bassoon and horn.

The stellar group of musicians performing for the season preimere include Gregory Lee and Katrin Stamatis (violin), Mark Neumann (viola), Jonathan Ruck (cello), George Speed (double bass), Chad Burrow (clarinet), Rodney Ackmann (bassoon) and Kate Pritchett (horn).

The performance will take place at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, September 22 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7th Street (at Robinson).  Individual concert admission is $20 per ticket.

Students and active-duty military personnel are admitted free with ID.  More information about this concert is available on Brightmusic’s website at

NOTE: Editor Pat McGuigan contributed to this report.

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