Putting More OK in OK Mozart

Bartlesville’s OK Mozart Festival is set to expand it’s musical mission. Festival Executive Director, Randy Thompson says for 30 years the mission of the OK Mozart Festival has been to bring the highest quality professional musicians and cultural experience to the citizens of the Bartlesville area, the state of Oklahoma, and the mid-America region of the U.S. by producing a music festival with international significance. The festival is expanding its mission through an innovative three-part program that will utilize the festival and its resident orchestra, Amici New York, to help grow regional high school, college, professional and citizen musicians.

The festival is establishing the OK Mozart All-State Youth Orchestra. High school orchestra students who are accepted into the 90-member Oklahoma Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra will become members of OK Mozart’s new orchestra.

The second initiative will allow Oklahoma vocalists to participate in two major works of the classical musical period. 14 solo and ensemble voices will be chosen including lyric soprano, dramatic coloratura soprano, lyric baritone, deep bass, light character tenor, tenor, bass baritone, soprano, mezzo soprano or darker sounding soprano, and three boys: two sopranos and one alto.

Initiative number three will include members of the Bartlesville Choral Society in two of Amici New York’s concerts.

Original article posted at bartlesvilleradio.com.