BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — From music to history to cultural events, there is something for everyone in the lineup of Showcase events featured during the OK Mozart Music Festival, slated June 8-16 in Bartlesville. Showcases are held between main stage events, and musically they range from Gershwin to gospel, and from folk to jazz, with performances by the Ad Lib Singers and talented duo Those Two! as well as the “Governor’s Own” 145th Army Band.
Kicking things off will be the Ad Lib Singers, a lively group of music lovers who will entertain with show tunes, gospel, patriotic music and more from 10-11 a.m. June 9 at the Bartlesville Community Center Community Hall. Then the Oklahoma City-based 145th Army Band will perform “Military Marches” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Travis Dunlap will keep the beat going with an hour-long keyboard percussion performance beginning at 2:30 p.m. From 4-5 p.m., the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame will present “Rhythm and Routes.”
The music continues on June 10 with the Army Band’s Saxophone Quintet at 10 a.m., and then the Brass Quintet at 4 p.m. Also at the BCC Community Hall on June 10 is a concert by the Founders Chorus & Sweet Adelines from 1-3 p.m.
Musicians Doug Simpson and Pam Hughes, better known as Those Two!, will celebrate the works of George Gershwin — a world of music that is witty, wacky and wonderful — from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11, also at the BCC Community Hall.
OK Mozart’s Ambler Hall will host two hour-long peeks into the past on June 12. Historian Joe Todd will discuss “Women in the Military” at 10 a.m., and the Bartlesville-based Delaware Tribe will lead a presentation on Native American folklore at 3 p.m.
At 10 a.m. June 13, Spears Travel Network will take a video adventure to Mozart’s beloved Austria. Joe Todd will bring a second historical presentation at 1 p.m., this time on the survivors of the attacks on Pearl Harbor during World War II. Both events are also at Ambler Hall.
Oklahoma’s 400-mile piece of the “Mother Road” will be the topic of a presentation by Oklahoma Route 66 Association President Brad Nickson at 10 a.m. June 14 at Ambler Hall. Nickson will cover the history of the 90-year-old Route 66, a unique piece of Americana.
Tulsa’s Woody Guthrie Center will share the singer-songwriter’s message of diversity, equality and social justice to an Ambler Hall audience at 1 p.m. during “Be the Machine: The Legacy of Woody Guthrie.”
The Bartlesville Area History Museum will lead a walking tour of historic Cherokee Avenue in downtown Bartlesville at 9 a.m. June 14. Participants should meet in the lobby of the Bartlesville Community Center for the hour-and-a-half excursion. At 10 a.m., June 15, the museum will also offer a one-room school experience; seats are limited.
Learn the history of the Delaware Tribe, see artifacts dating back to the 16th century and listen to the songs of the Lenape during “The Art of Dance” at 10 a.m. June 15 at Ambler Hall. At 1 p.m. that afternoon is a screening of the 1984 Academy Award-winning film “Amadeus,” the incredible story of Mozart, complete with pop and popcorn. (Rated R)
Frank Lloyd Wright’s only skyscraper can be viewed up close and in person during guided tours of the Price Tower at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 15. Tours are limited to 12 people and must be scheduled through the Price Tower at 918-336-4949. Admission is $10/student, $12/senior or $15/adult.
Gospel music takes center stage June 16 at Ambler Hall during a performance by the River Cross Ramblers, a local band consisting (primarily) of Alan Gentges and Tim Hudson. The band, which routinely plays everything from Emmylou Harris to Iron Maiden, will focus on the gospel music they grew up with and loved for the 10 a.m. performance.
Bartlesville Choral Society Conductor Susan Mueller will lead the choral society in “Let’s Go to the Movies,” a presentation on music in cinema — complete with a side of movie theater-inspired popcorn and pop.
Copper Bar, located on the 15th floor of Price Tower, will host three nights of music during the festival. The first “Evening at the Copper” is June 13 with an acoustical guitar show by Randy Wimer. Folk music takes the stage June 14 with performances by Jessie Aycock and Lauren Barth, as well as Levi Parham and Kalyn Fay. Annie Ellicott will bring jazz to the tower on June 15. “Evenings at the Copper” are from 7-9 p.m.
All Showcase events are free, unless otherwise noted. All locations are in Bartlesville. Seats are first come, first serve.
The OK Mozart Music Festival celebrates all genres of music and is planned June 8-16 in Bartlesville.