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Brilliance will hallmark Brightmusic’s Spring Chamber Festival – ‘The Music of Vienna’

On June 9-14, Brightmusic's Spring Chamber Festival will be held at St. Paul's Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City.
On June 9-14, Brightmusic’s Spring Chamber Festival will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City.

Staff Report

OKLAHOMA CITY – Vienna! Classical music’s most hallowed ground, birthplace of Schubert and Schoenberg and home to many other musical giants, including Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms. On June 9-14, 2016, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble presents “The Music of Vienna” in its fifth annual spring chamber music festival at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City.

The four-concert festival is a breathtaking sampler of the Viennese music scene spanning more than 250 years and featuring some of the best-loved chamber works of Franz Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,

All concerts will begin at 7:30 pm, except for the Sunday concert, which is 4:00 pm., at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 127 NW 7th Street (at Robinson). The venerable cathedral acoustically-rich worship space is a perfect setting for the brilliant Brightmusic.

A pass for all four concerts is available at the door or on our website at for $50 each (a savings of $30 over individual concert tickets of $20). Students and active-duty military personnel are admitted free with ID.

Also, any who would like to attend but feel they cannot due to financial hardship as a result of recent layoffs in the energy sector are invited to join Brightmusic as guests of the musicians. Simply advise the person at the front desk that you are guests of the musicians and no questions will be asked.

More information about the festival is available on Brightmusic’s website at

For the first time, Brightmusic will collaborate with the OK Mozart International Music Festival in presenting our respective June 2016 Festivals.

Brightmusic will perform two of the three works from our June 11 Festival concert as part of OK Mozart’s morning chamber music concert series in Bartlesville on Monday morning, June 13.  Brightmusic will also perform two of the three works from our June 12 Festival concert at OK Mozart on Tuesday morning, June 14.

Brightmusic’s leaders said, in a press release, “This exciting collaboration reflects that Brightmusic is not only Oklahoma City’s own chamber music ensemble, but also Oklahoma’s own chamber music ensemble.” For more information about this year’s OK Mozart Festival, visit

Fifteen Brightmusic musicians will be appearing during the Festival.  The performers include:

Dr. Gregory Lee, Violin  (Concertmaster, OKC Philharmonic; Associate Professor of Violin, University of Oklahoma); Katrin Stamatis, Violin  (Principal Second Violinist, OKC Philharmonic; DMA Candidate, University of Oklahoma); Suzanne Wagor, Violin  (Artistic Director, Five Seasons Chamber Music, New York City; private violin teacher, New York City); Dr. Jonathan Ruck, Cello  (Principal Cellist, OKC Philharmonic; Associate Professor of Cello, University of Oklahoma); Parthena Owens, Flute (Flutist, OKC Philharmonic; Associate Instructor of Flute, Oklahoma City University); Lisa Harvey-Reed, Oboe (Principal Oboist, OKC Philharmonic; Instructor of Oboe, Oklahoma City University), and Dr. Dan Schwartz, Oboe  (Oboist, OKC Philharmonic; Assistant Professor of Oboe, University of Oklahoma).

Additionally, Chad Burrow, Clarinet  (Co-Artistic Director, Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble; Associate Professor of Clarinet, University of Michigan); Tara Heitz, Clarinet (Clarinetist, OKC Philharmonic; woodwind and band instructor, Edmond Public School System); Rodney Ackmann, Bassoon  (Principal Bassoonist, OKC Philharmonic; Associate Professor of Bassoon, University of Oklahoma); Larry Reed, Bassoon  (Bassoonist, OKC Philharmonic; First Vice President, Merrill Lynch, Oklahoma City); Dr. Kate Pritchett, Horn (Principal Hornist, OKC Philharmonic; Associate Professor of Horn, Oklahoma City University); Dr. Peggy Moran, Horn (Hornist with numerous ensembles and orchestras; Assistant Professor of Horn, University of Central Oklahoma);  Dr. Amy I-Lin Cheng, Piano  (Co-Artistic Director, Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble; Lecturer of Piano, University of Michigan); and Dr. Sallie Pollack, Piano (Piano Division Head and Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano, University of Central Oklahoma).

A variety of worthy sponsors make Brightmusic possible. These include The Meinders Fouondation, Richard L. Sias, Ad Astra Foundation, Kirkpatrick Family Fund and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. Oklahomans for the Arts and the Arts Council of Oklahoma City are also dedicated supporters.

The City Sentinel newspaper, a monthly print publication with “24/7” online coverage, is also a long-time advocate for Brightmusic.

NOTE: Editor Pat McGuigan contributed to this report.

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