Bartlesville, Ok – The OK Mozart International Festival officially kicked off its 30th Anniversary season at Bartlesville Community Center with a gala Launch Party where Artistic Director Constantine Kitsopoulos announced an exhilerating line-up of concerts and guest artists who will present the “Music of Vienna” for the festival set for June 7-14, 2014.
OKM’s 2014 season, its 30th consecutive year – which makes it a legendary event in music festival history — will shine with nationally renowned artists such as pianist Jon Kimura Parker; three-time Grammy nominee, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz, and the dynamic Miró Quartet, one of America’s highest-profile chamber groups.
OKM’s opening night performance on Sunday, June 8, will add a brand new air of excitement with the introduction of the OK Mozart All-State Youth Orchestra. For the first time in Oklahoma, the finest young musicians in the state will play next to some of the world’s greatest professional musicians. The OKM’s All-State Orchestra and members of the Amici New York orchestra, under the skilled baton of Artistic Director Constantine Kitsopoulos, will present a joint performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan”.
That same night Jon Kimura Parker will join Amici New York in performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, one Beethoven admired above all others.
Perhaps one of the most exciting elements of OKM’s Anniversary celebration will be the Monday night event: a formal Viennese Waltz Ball. Attendees are invited to take a black-tie dinner/dance excursion to Imperial Austria, circa 1844, when “The Waltz King” Johann Strauss II made his debut in Vienna. They’ll dance to romantic Viennese waltzes and polkas played by members of the Amici NewYork orchestra conducted by Maestro Kitsopoulos. The evening includes cocktails at the new Johnstone-Sare rooftop bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and dancing in the newly restored landmark building.
In keeping with tradition, Tuesday night will feature the Spencer-Prentiss/Becky Wallace Chamber Concert featuring the Miró Quartet and Amici New York Woodwind Sextet at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
Continuing the celebration will be a thrilling salute to OK Mozart Festival’s 30th Anniversary on Wednesday night when Amici New York and Bartlesville Choral Society join forces to perform a 90-minute semi-staged version of Mozart’s opera, “The Magic Flute”, staged in English for family enjoyment and featuring the voices of singers auditioned and hand-selected from throughout Oklahoma.
For the Thursday night concert, audiences will again be thrilled – this time to an amazing presentation by Sarah Jarosz and members of the Amici New York orchestra. Since signing with Sugar Hill Records at the age of 16, Sarah Jarosz has left audiences and critics alike breathless. Now, at 22, and a three-time Grammy nominee, she creates sonic atmospheres that shimmer with equal parts acoustic majesty and electrifying mystery.
And, as always, the Friday night Woolaroc Outdoor Concert promises a rousing repertoire, a selection of patriotic favorites by John Williams, John Phillip Sousa and others as played by the Amici New York orchestra. Topping off the evening will be Tchaikovky’s 1812 Overture accompanied by the sounds of cannons and the visual thrill of fireworks.
On Saturday, OKM’s 30th Anniversary celebration finale concludes the week with Bartlesville Choral Society directed by Susan Mueller, joining the Amici New York orchestra and Artistic Director Constantine Kitsopoulos in presenting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. This concert promises to bring the house down with the sound of more than 100 performers on stage. Again, soloists that night will be outstanding voices auditioned and hand-picked from throughout Oklahoma.
In addition, there will be a series of five afternoon chamber music performances presented at 2 p.m. each day at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church by members of the Miró Quartet joined by Jon Kimura Parker. Together they will present some of the most beloved chamber music for piano and strings.
In a return to an OKM tradition, the 30th Anniversary season will kick off on Saturday, June 7, at 6 p.m. with an afternoon of FREE family fun at Bartlesville Community Center. Inside the BCC there will be live entertainment by the 145th Army Guard Concert Band, and outdoors there will be food, face painting, prize giveaways and other delightful surprises. As always, this event is open to the entire community, free of charge.
After the BCC portion, the Opening Night Celebration will continues at the corner of 2nd Street and Dewey Avenue under the billing: “Austin Triple Bill Block Party” featuring the music of Joe Sundell, Love’s It! and Ramsay Midwood.
Throughout the eight-day Festival, OKM will present a variety of daily Showcase Events at various locations. These are designed to be entertaining, to engage and educate. Most are offered free and will be listed in the upcoming Highlights Brochure available at the OKM office.
“We look forward to presenting one of the most exciting seasons ever in OK Mozart’s history, as well as hosting an ever-growing audience as a result of our efforts to expand the appeal of the concert series through a broader variety of programming, “ says Executive Director, Randy Thompson. “The Launch Party itself has become one of the most exciting, fun-filled community events ever.”
OK MOZART, Oklahoma’s Premier Music Festival
OK Mozart’s mission is to bring the highest quality professional musical and cultural experience to the citizens of the Bartlesville area, state of Oklahoma and the mid-America region of the United States by producing a multi-day festival with professional orchestra musicians, concert artists and musical performances of artistic excellence.
In addition to its internationally acclaimed classical and chamber music concert series, OK Mozart presents a variety of performing arts, as well as a full program of related cultural events throughout its annual week-long festival. All major concerts are held at the Bartlesville Community Center with the exception of the Woolaroc Outdoor Concert.
The OK Mozart Festival is produced by OK Mozart, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information on the festival, visit www.okmozart.com.