OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s never too early to plan ahead for the joy of world-class chamber music performed by the best local and regional musicians – and acclaimed guests from out of town.
Our friends at the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble continues their current season on January 17, 2017. The concert theme “Lands Near and Far” will include works from magnificant authors such as Alexander Arutiunian (Suite for Clarinet, Violin & Piano), Ralph Vaughan Williams (“On Wenlock Edge” – for Tenor, Piano, 2 Violins, Viola & Cello), our community’s own Edward Knight (“Curve of Gold” – for Tenor, Clarinet & Piano) and Béla Bartók, (Contrasts for Clarinet, Violin & Piano).
On March 7 comes “Romanticism Revisited,” which promises to illustrate many facts of Romanticism, featuring trios by Carl Maria von Weber and Sergei Rachmaninoff and a quartet by Richard Strauss.
Crowning Brightmusic’s ambitious emsemble season, as Concert 5 in this cycle, will be “Grand Knight for Winds” on May 2, with two grand works of Dvořák and Mozart, and featuring guest conductor Professor Michael Haithcock, Director of University Bands and Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan.
This event will bring together the largest Brightmusic ensemble to date —13 musicians—approaching the scale of a small chamber orchestra.
Another Brightmusic “first” will be the appearance of a pair of basset horns — rarely seen these days — in the Mozart Serenade, a work prominently featured in the movie “Amadeus.” The guest conductor will be honored by a reception immediately following the concert. Enjoy some refreshments and meet Professor Haithcock and the Brightmusic musicians.
Although Brightmusic concerts are never “regular,” the customary dates are on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the beautiful space at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. Tickets may be purchased at the door.
June will bring Brightmusic’s Sixth Annual Chamber Music Festival. For that grand event, dates, venue, musicians and programs will be announced in January and will include the annual Mae Ruth Swanson Memorial Concert.
In a recent note, Brightmusic organizers shared a hint of the reality all artistic organizations face hereabouts: “It is not really ‘news’ that Oklahoma’s economy suffers when energy prices are depressed, as they currently are. This is one of those seasons. With the downturn in energy-sector revenues and cuts to state and private funding for the arts, Brightmusic has lost some of the funding it has relied on in the past, and so we must tighten the belt.
“At the same time, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble strives to present the highest-quality chamber music with fewer resources. We are a non-profit organization, so every penny goes to bringing you the finest performances possible. Please consider making a contribution over and above your annual membership to keep top-caliber chamber music alive and well in Oklahoma City.”
Send contributions to Brightmusic Society of Oklahoma, P. O. Box 20254, Oklahoma City, OK 73156. To help with online gifts, visit brightmusic.org/donate .