Bartlesville, Ok – The OK Mozart International Festival is announcing a new Artistic Director, Constantine Kitsopoulos, for the OKM Festival. Kitsopoulos has made a name for himself as a conductor whose musical experiences comfortably span the worlds of opera and symphony, where he conducts in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Royal Albert Hall, and musical theater, where he can be found leading orchestras on Broadway.
Kitsopoulos is in his sixth year as music director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra and continues as General Director of Chatham Opera, which he founded in 2005. He also serves as Music Director of the Festival of the Arts BOCA, an extraordinary multi-day cultural arts event for South Florida, and was most recently Music Director and Conductor of The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess”, the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical revival featuring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis.
“Constantine conducted three concerts with our Amici New York Orchestra over the past two years of the Festival,” said Executive Director, Shane Jewell. “Immediately we knew there was a connection and mutual respect with our musicians. Constantine presented his ideas for the Festival’s future to the OKM Board of Directors where it was clear that he is someone who can help breathe new life into this very special event in Oklahoma.”
“I am thrilled to have been appointed artistic director of the OK Mozart International Music Festival,” said Kitsopoulos. “I’ve known about the Festival since its inception and have long admired its accomplishments. I’m very much looking forward to working with the Amici New York Orchestra, soloists and chamber musicians to create programming that will unify the various elements of OK Mozart so we can continue to bring the highest quality musical performances to the area.”
“Most of all, I’m anxious to get to know people of the greater Bartlesville area. This community deserves the very best in programming and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with the good people at OK Mozart to make that happen.”
Audiences can hear about the specifics of these changes when OK Mozart announces the 2013 Festival line up at the OKM Launch Party this spring. OK Mozart is widely known for the high quality of the artists that participate in the festival, and that is something that will never change.
“Kitsopoulos has many wonderful ideas on how we can work to make the Festival a cohesive event with a new artistic perspective,” Jewell added. “ The upcoming 2013 Festival will mark the 29th anniversary for OK Mozart.
The OK MOZART International Festival takes place every June in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and is made possible through the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council as well as many other corporate, individual, and foundation patrons throughout the United States. To learn more about patron benefits and sponsorship opportunities, call the OKM Festival office at 918-336-9900.