Special to The Sun
OKLA. CITY —
The Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble announces its 2013-14 Concert Season of bringing the best classical and modern chamber music to the music-lovers of central Oklahoma, from the finest musicians in our state.
Artistic directors Chad Burrow and Amy I-Lin Cheng have crafted a program of five regular season concerts, starting in September and concluding in April, followed by the third annual spring festival in June — “The Music of France.”
Brightmusic will give two performances of each regular season concert. The 2013-14 venues will remain the same as last season: Monday nights at All Souls’ Episcopal Church at 63rd and Pennsylvania and Tuesday nights at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral at 7th and Robinson, both in Oklahoma City. Details about “The Music of France” festival will be announced later in the season.
Adult admission to each concert will be $15.00, cash or checks only, please. Student admission will continue to be free of charge, with student ID.
Individuals can save money and make a charitable contribution at the same time by reserving a season 11 membership for $75.00 per person. Participants will receive a personal season membership card, which will provide admitance to all regular season and festival concerts.
Concert 1 — Sept. 16-17
The opening night concert is entitled “Souvenirs for an Archduke,” featuring the return of concert pianist Gloria Chien as the guest artist who will join the members of the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble. Works on the program are Samuel Barber’s “Souvenirs: Suite for Piano Four Hands,” op. 28; Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat Major, op. 97 – the “Archduke Trio;” and Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 15, for piano, two violins, viola and cello.
Concert 2 — Nov. 4-5
“Sonata Evening” will feature five two-instrument sonatas: Francis Poulenc’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano, op. 185; Beethoven’s Sonata No. 1 in D Major for Violin and Piano, op. 12, no. 1; Camille Saint-Saëns’ Sonata for Oboe and Piano in D Major, op. 166; Robert Schumann’s Sonata No. 1 in A Minor for Violin and Piano, op. 105; and Sergei Prokofiev’s Sonata in D Major for Flute and Piano, op. 94.
Concert 3 — Jan. 20-21
To chase away the cold of winter, the New Year will bring the lively concert “Shanties, Songs and Serenades.” The five works on the program are: Matthew Arnold’s Three Shanties for Wind Quintet, op. 4; David Maslanka’s Wind Quintet No. 4; György Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, K.452; and Jean Françaix’s “L’Heure du berger.”
Concert 4 – March 10-11
As winter turns to spring, Brightmusic will spotlight guest cellist Sophie Shao in “Transcendental Doxology.” Although Sophie has appeared in OKC, this will be her first performance with Brightmusic. She and the Ensemble musicians will perform Beethoven’s Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” for cello and piano; Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 2 in C Minor, op. 66; and Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, op. post., D.956. For more information about guest artist Sophie Shao, please visit sophieshao.com.
Concert 5 – April 7-8
“And Legions Will Rise” will close our regular season concert series. It will feature five works: Carl Maria von Weber’s Introduction, Theme and Variations for Clarinet and String Quartet; “Raven” for Clarinet and Marimba by OKC’s own composer Edward Knight; the title work by Kevin Puts, “And Legions Will Rise,” for violin, clarinet and marimba; Louis Spohr’s Fantasia and Variations on a Theme by Danzi, op. 81; and Mozart’s String Quintet No. 3 in C Major, K.515, for two violins, two violas and cello.
The regular season will be followed in June by Brightmusic’s third spring festival, “The Music of France.”
Our Festival concerts will include works by Ravel, Debussy, Berlioz, Messiaen, Milhaud, Saint-Saëns, Faure, Poulenc and others. Festival dates, venues, programs and musicians will be announced later in the Season.
Individuals can reserve a Season Membership two ways. Mail a contribution check at $75.00 per person to Brightmusic, P.O. Box 20254, OKC 73156. Or reserve and contribute by credit card, PayPal or eCheck on the Brightmusic website.
For more information on the concerts or Brightmusic, visit brightmusic.org.