Monday, May 1, 2017

Brightmusic’s 5th Concert of the 2016-17 Season

“Grand Night for Winds”

7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 2
at St. Paul’s Cathedral
127 NW 7th Street (at Robinson)

The largest-ever Brightmusic wind ensemble and a guest conductor are featured in Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble’s fifth and final regular-season concert, “Grand Night for Winds,” on Tuesday, May 2, at 7:30 pm.  A grand night indeed, fourteen musicians will appear under the baton of guest Michael Haithcock performing a pair of serenades by Dvořák and Mozart.  Also making a special appearance will be a pair of instruments rarely seen in concert these days—basset horns! 

The Ensemble will present:
  1. Antonín Dvořák   Serenade for Winds & Strings in D minor, Op. 44 (for 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 3 horns, cello & double bass)
  2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart   Serenade No. 10 in B-flat major, K. 361 (for 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 basset horns, 2 bassoons, 4 horns & double bass.)   
Musicians appearing in this concert are: Lisa Harvey-Reed and Dan Schwartz (oboe), Chad Burrow, Tara Heitz, and Joshua Anderson (clarinet), Tara Heitz and David Cook (basset horn), Rodney Ackmann and Larry Reed (bassoon), Kate Pritchett, Heather Test, Lanette Lopez-Compton and Peggy Moran (horn), Meredith Blecha-Wells (cello), and George Speed (double bass).

The concert will take place at St. Paul’s Cathedral at 7th and Robinson in downtown Oklahoma City at 7:30 p.m.

Program notes are posted on Brightmusic’s website here.

Admission is $20 for adults; free for active-duty members of the armed services and for students with ID.  Season Members, please show your Season Pass at the door for admission.


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Get Ready for Brightmusic’s 2017 Festival – “Bach and Brahms II”!

It’s not over with our Concert 5 in May.  Brightmusic will present our 6th annual Spring Chamber Music Festival in June.  The Brightmusic audience veterans will remember our very first spring chamber music festival in 2012.  The theme – “Bach and Brahms” – proved to be as popular as the idea of having a festival of classical music in Oklahoma City.  Well, since once is not enough, we are going to revive Bach and Brahms for this season’s chamber music festival.

Our sixth annual festival will feature four concerts – on Thursday evening, June 8; Sunday afternoon, June 11; Monday evening, June 12; and Tuesday evening, June 13 – at St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown OKC.

The concerts will feature seven works by Johann Sebastian Bach and seven works by Johannes Brahms.  The Bach works will include two of his Brandenburg concertos (one for instrumental ensemble, one for four-hands piano), his sacred cantata “Ich habe genug,” and solo works for violin, cello and organ.  The Brahms works will include duo sonatas, a piano trio, a clarinet quintet, Volkslieder (“Folk Songs”) and Lieder (sometimes called “Serious Songs”).

Two Brightmusic audience favorites will return as guest artists for the Festival – baritone Randall Scarlata from Philadelphia and violinist Sean Y. Wang from New York City.

Festival Passes

We began taking orders for all-concert Festival Passes at the “Romanticism Revisited” concert on March 7.  Season members, as well as students and active-duty military with ID,  do not need separate Festival passes – your Season Membership passes will admit you to all four Festival concerts.  The cost of Festival Passes will be $50 per person, a $30 savings over a la carte admission charges for the four Festival concerts.

Special Festival Contributions

Brightmusic needs and welcomes additional contributions to bring you our Bach and Brahms II Festival in June.  Last year, 18 generous individuals and couples donated a total of $2,400 in tax-deductible contributions, earmarked for our “Music of Vienna” Festival.  Those contributions helped us to bring you a great four-concert festival and end our fiscal year in the black.  If you are able to help us produce Bach and Brahms II, please mail your contribution check to Brightmusic at P. O. Box 20254, Oklahoma City, OK  73156.  Thank you for your consideration!

The Festival program is posted on our website here.  More details about the music and the musicians, as well as program notes, will be posted between now and then!


Rave Reviews for Chad, Sean and Amy’s Recording, Trio Solari

When our Co-Artistic Directors—Chad Burrow and Amy I-Lin Cheng—team up with our guest Spring Festival violinist—Sean Y. Wang—they play under the ensemble name of Trio Solari.  Last year they released their first CD appropriately entitled “Trio Solari.”  It features works for violin, clarinet and piano by Milhaud, Khachaturian, OKC’s own Edward Knight, and Béla Bartók.

The new CD has received rave reviews from critic David Shea of the International Clarinet Association’s publication, The Clarinet.  Here is a sample from the review:

[This CD] is one of the most beautiful, pure and clean recordings I have reviewed over the past fifteen years.  The ensemble is tight, clear and blends well to perfection, resulting in performances that are expressive and filled with beautiful colors and textures.  

To read the complete review, please visit

It doesn’t get much better than that!  Bravo, Chad, Amy and Sean!  We’ll look forward to hearing all three of you perform the works of Bach and Brahms in June!


Brightmusic to Perform Again at the OK Mozart International Festival

Last year Brightmusic was honored to be asked to perform two morning chamber music concerts at the OK Mozart International Music Festival in Bartlesville.  We’ve been invited back again, and this year we will play an evening, headline concert on Wednesday, June 14.

Violinist Sean Wang, clarinetist Chad Burrow and pianist Amy I-Lin Cheng (appearing under the Brightmusic flag) will perform a concert that includes works by George Gershwin, Charles Ives, Joseph Tyldesley, Scott Joplin and William Bolcom, Edward Knight and Peter Schickele (aka “P.D.Q. Bach”).

After our Festival concludes on Tuesday night, June 13, plan to drive up to Bartlesville the next evening to hear more extraordinary music from the extraordinary musicians of the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble.

For more information about this concert, please visit Brightmusic’s website at or OK Mozart’s website at


Spring Means Severe Weather in Oklahoma

Oklahoma is notorious for its capricious spring weather.  In case of dangerous travel conditions, Brightmusic concerts will be postponed for the safety of our audience and musicians.  We will strive to make the decision as early in the day of the concert as possible, but weather conditions can deteriorate rapidly, especially in the case of severe thunderstorms, so there may be short notice.  If you have concerns about travel conditions, listen for an announcement on KUCO (90.1 FM).  Or you may call (405) 550-1484, (405) 216-5595, or (405) 550-7665 for concert status.  Keep these phone numbers handy—just in case.


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