Putting More ‘OK’ And ‘Mozart’ Into The Annual OK Mozart Festival

The OK Mozart Festival–a legendary phenomenon in music festival history–launches its 30th season the week of June 7-14 with the “Music of Vienna.” For music aficionados, that in itself is exhilarating. But, this year for the 2014 festival, there’s more ‘OK’ and ‘Mozart’ to get excited about as well.

“For the past 30 years, OKM’s mission has been to bring the highest quality musical experience possible to Oklahoma–literally to bring New York to the Heartland,” notes Executive Director, Dr. Randy Thompson. “This year, the very first concert of the season will add something new and different. We’re injecting OK into the festival in a big way.”

That “big way” is with the introduction of Oklahoma’s newly developed All-State Youth Orchestra. For the first time ever, Oklahoma’s finest young artists will play sitting side-by-side, next to some of the world’s finest musicians. Members of OKM’s resident orchestra, Amici New York (all of them, world-class seasoned orchestral players) will perform with 60 of Oklahoma’s brightest up-and-coming performers for a joint performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan”.

“What a wonderful addition to our historic 30th Festival!” expounds Dr. Thompson, adding that this unique experience is modeled after the apprenticeship style of learning in the 18th century Vienna. Today’s students will arrive in Bartlesville and be housed on the campus of Oklahoma Wesleyan University on Friday, preceding the festival launch. They’ll rehearse on Saturday with Amici New York, then be transported to Bartlesville Community Center where they’ll get to experience OKM’s Opening Night Celebration.

That night the downtown area will be abuzz with activity. Adding to the locals drawn to the community celebration will be the other OKM All-State participants coming from every corner of Oklahoma. Four are from Bartlesville High School.

Others come from schools in Blanchard, Broken Arrow, Casady, Chisholm, Classen, Cushing, Edison, Edmond North, Edmond Santa Fe High School, Holland Hall, Jenks, Marlow, McAlester, Midwest City, Mustang, Noble, Norman, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Owasso, Ponca City West, Putnam, Sapulpa, Southmoore, Stillwater, Washington, Western Heights and Westmoore.

These students personify the caliber of young musicians in the All-State Youth Orchestra – an entity that holds great promise both for the OK Mozart Festival and Oklahoma’s musical future.

The 2014 season, Dr. Thompson adds, will fairly glitter with the addition of such nationally renowned artists as pianist Jon Kimura Parker; three-time Grammy nominee Sarah Jarosz, and one of America’s highest-profile chamber groups, the dynamic Miró Quartet. And, as always the Woolaroc Outdoor Concert will offer a rousing repertoire from Amici New York orchestra that culminates with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture along with the sounds of cannons and the thrill of fireworks.

“We look forward to presenting one of the most exciting seasons ever in OK Mozart’s history,” concludes Dr. Thompson. Tickets are available at 918-336-9800 or www.okmozart.com.