OKM Offers a Diverse Classical Series during 2019 FestivalClassical music is the backbone of the 35-year-old OKM Music Festival, and this year, its classical series offers something exciting for everyone, organizers say. The week-long festival runs June 8-15, with a variety of artists and genres. The classical series brings Martin-Meliton piano duo; Tulsa Symphony Orchestra; pianist Jenny Lin; Quartetto Gelato; Modern Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra; Dallas Brass and Cuarteto Latinoamericano.
“OKM’s rich thirty-five year history is built on classical music and this festival offers a little bit of everything for those that love great, classical, instrumental music,” says Marketing Director Ryan Martin.
Spanish-born duo pianists Elena Martin and Jose Meliton have been hailed by critics and audiences alike as one of the most compelling talents of our generation. The duo has received enthusiastic acclaim at festivals, workshops, concerts and conventions around the country and throughout the world. “The duo’s ensemble is impeccable and dead-on perfect…their music turns my home into a little corner of Spain every time I play it,” reads the American Record Guide. Martin and Meliton’s piano performance is a brown-bag lunch concert at 11 a.m. June 10 in the Community Hall at the Bartlesville Community Center.
At 7:30 p.m. June 10, the local Tulsa Symphony Orchestra returns to the OKM festival for “An Evening with Mozart”. The program includes: “Symphony No. 39”, “Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major” and the “Overture to Don Giovanni”. Monday evening’s performance will be conducted by maestro Ron Spigelman.
Internationally acclaimed pianist Jenny Lin will make her OKM debut performance at Bartlesville High School’s Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. June 12. Lin is admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. She has been acclaimed for her “remarkable technical command” and “a gift for melodic flow” by the New York Times. Her performance is entitled “Glass Reflections,” featuring works by Phillip Glass, Shostakovich, Schubert and Chopin.
Returning favorite Quartetto Gelato livens the stage at 7:30 p.m. June 13 in the Bartlesville Community Center. With sold-out performances all over the world, Quartetto Gelato has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with its exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and humor. Known for its diverse musical repertoire, festival-goers will be entertained with classical masterworks, operatic arias, the sizzling energy of tangos, and gypsy and folk songs.
Beginning at 5 p.m. June 14, the beloved Woolaroc Finale concert will be a perfect closeout performance for the 2019 festival. Returning to OKM, the Modern Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra (MOJO) dazzled guests with its energetic sounds of jazz. Dallas Brass will be closing up the Woolaroc Concert with an exciting program dedicated to America. Fireworks cap off the evening’s performance. Since its founding in 1983 by Michael Levine, the Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost brass ensembles.
Celebrating 35 years in Bartlesville, OKM is hosting a special evening starting at 6 p.m. June 15 at the Price Tower Gallery featuring Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Attendees will enjoy sipping on cocktails and eating tapas while listening to traditional sounds of Mexico. Tickets for the Price Tower evening go on sale May 15 at okmmusic.org
For a complete list of events, times and locations, visit okmmusic.org. Concert prices range from $15 to $55 for general-admission tickets and $50 to $75 for VIP tickets with various perks for concert-goers. There are also student and senior discounts for most performances. Tickets are available for purchase at bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com or 918-337-2787.