Classical Chamber Series Offers Something for Everyone
Classical music is the backbone of the 34-year-old OKM Music Festival, and this year’s chamber artists offer something for everyone. The weeklong festival kicks off June 9-15, with a variety of artists and genres. The classical series brings Miró String Quartet, pianist Katie Mahan and wind quintet WindSync to Ambler Hall.
Returning favorite Miró Quartet livens the stage with afternoon and evening performances from June 11-13 in Ambler Hall, Bartlesville, and a lunchtime and evening performance June 14-15 in Tulsa, Okla.
Formed in 1995, the high-profile chamber group enjoys its place at the top of the international chamber music scene, performing with the most important chamber music series and on the most prestigious stages. Miró Quartet members are Daniel Ching, violin; William Fedkenheuer, violin; John Largess, viola, and Joshua Gindele, cello. All of the members have won numerous awards and accolades during their musical careers.
The New York Times reported, “… the Miró Quartet played with explosive vigor and technical finesse.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “the group’s joint efforts outstrip any individual contributions – and together produce an ensemble tone that is smooth and alluring.”
Mahan’s performance on piano, scheduled at 7 p.m. June 12 in Ambler Hall, promises “an especially good reception both by music lovers and music experts.”
Praised as one of the most outstanding talents coming up today, Mahan captures the attention of audiences throughout the world for her innovative musical personality, poetic interpretations and charming stage presence. Since making her orchestral debut in 1999 with the Breckenridge Symphony, Mahan has appeared in concert throughout the USA, Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Russia and Japan.
"I believe that music is one of the most precious gifts that mankind has been given. ... It inspires beauty and desire, and has a power to unite people because it speaks to the common ground of all mankind, namely the soul," said Mahan.
On Wednesday, June 13, leave the strings behind and experience the wind quintet Windsync. Touring nationally and internationally, WindSync presents dramatic, fully memorized concerts that often feature collaborators from the worlds of music, dance and multimedia.
The quintet features Garrett Hudson, flute; Anni Hochhalter, horn; Emily Tsai, oboe; Kara LaMoure, bassoon; and Julian Hernandez, clarinet, all of who are accomplished individual musicians. The prizewinning Houston-based wind quintet builds highly thematic programs that feature landmark quintets, new works by American composers, and premiere arrangements of standard repertoire with the goal of increasing accessibility and cultural significance of wind chamber music, with a special interest in reaching children, families and underserved audiences.
For a complete list of events, times and locations, visit www.okmmusic.org. Festival concert prices range from $10 to $35 for general-admission