Bartlesville, Ok – Tickets for all performances in the 2011 OK MOZART Festival lineup will go on sale Thursday, April 7. Tickets can be purchased in a variety of ways, including on line!  Place your ticket orders 24/7 by visiting the OK MOZART web site at www.okmozart.com. Online ticket purchases will begin 12:00 a.m. April 7 for those who want the best seats for the Joshua Bell Grand Finale and all other concerts. Tickets may also be purchased at the OK MOZART Box office, 415 South Dewey, suite 100 in Bartlesville. OK MOZART box office hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. You may also purchase tickets over the phone by calling the box office at (918) 336-9800 with appropriate credit card information. Tickets are also available at the Bartlesville Community Center Box Office .

 

OK MOZART accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards. A nominal handling charge of $5 is added to each order. Online ticket orders incur additional charges.

 

Talented Performers, Amazing Performances

 

In addition to OKM’s world-class Amici New York orchestra and chamber musicians from Lincoln Center, the Festival has traditionally hosted top-flight guest artists year after year. Past guests have included Robin Sutherland, Doc Severinsen, Joshua Bell, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Itzhak Perlman, Sir James Galway, André Watts, Andre-Michel Shub, Sarah Chang and Branford Marsalis.

 

Adding much anticipation to this year’s Festival is the Grand Finale – “An Evening with Joshua Bell”. OKM’s resident orchestra, Amici New York, and guest conductor Gustav Meier will perform with Joshua Bell for what will be a truly memorable event. For more than two decades, Joshua Bell has enchanted audiences worldwide with his breathtaking virtuosity and tone of rare beauty. His restless curiosity and multifaceted musical interests have taken him in exciting new directions that have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” The musicians of Amici New York have toured Asia, Europe and the United States, and have appeared in series at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, City Center and the Metropolitan Museum. The orchestra comprises members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and numerous other orchestras throughout the country and world.

 

 Also appearing will be Turtle Island Quartet. Winner of the 2006 and 2008 GRAMMY® Awards in Best Classical Crossover category, Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic

with contemporary American musical styles. Cellist nonpareil Yo-Yo Ma has proclaimed TIQ to be “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground – authentic and passionate – a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.”

 

Lending additional excitement to this year’s Festival, Austin-based Hot Club of Cowtown. They have grown to be the most globe-trotting, hardest-swinging Western swing trio on the planet. Remaining willfully out of the musical mainstream, Hot Club of Cowtown have created an international cult following for their sonic personification of joy and unique sound inspired by their namesakes: “Hot Club” from the hot jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli’s Hot Club of France, and “Cowtown” from the Western swing influence of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.

 

This year we want to take you back in time for a Day at the Movies. This experience is about how the movies used to be. Alloy Orchestra really helps us see what we're watching and often the music, whether driving or fanciful, is worth listening to on its own. Using 13 differently tuned horseshoes, 157 plumbing pipes, pots, pans, junkyard findings and musical saws, as well as accordions, clarinets, keyboards and drums, Alloy Orchestra will accompany a screening of one of the greatest movies ever made, the silent film “The General” with Buster Keaton.

 

Rounding out OK MOZART’s Festival lineup will be the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The members of Carolina Chocolate Drops come from diverse musical backgrounds, sharing singing duties and swapping instruments throughout their sets. Employing a range of traditional string-band instruments — several banjos, a fiddle, a ceramic jug, bones and a kazoo, to name a few, band members are focused on a modern twist to traditional string folk music.

 

 “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 Shane Jewell, Executive Director.

 

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The OK MOZART International Festival takes place every June in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and is made possible through the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Allied Arts & Humanities Council of Bartlesville, ConocoPhillips, ABB, Accenture and individual, corporate and foundation patrons throughout the USA. This year OK MOZART was nominated by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits for the Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Award. The American Bus Association selected the OK MOZART Festival as one of the Top 100 Bus Tour Events in North America for 2011.

 

In addition to its internationally-acclaimed classical and chamber music concert series, OK MOZART presents a variety of performing arts, including dance, jazz, pops and Broadway show tunes, as well as a full program of related cultural events throughout the annual ten-day Festival. These include many daytime Showcase Events -- mini-concerts, talks and tours. 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. To learn more about patron

benefits and sponsorship opportunities, call the OKM Festival office at 918-336-9900.