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2011 OK Mozart Festival Marks Its 27th Season With Joshua Bell Grand Finale
By Tourism Industry Partner
2011 OK MOZART FESTIVAL MARKS ITS 27TH SEASON WITH JOSHUA BELL GRAND FINALE — SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
ALL TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 7
Bartlesville, Ok – Tickets for all performances in the 2011 OK MOZART Festival lineup are scheduled to 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. 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.
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.
A Top-Ranked Festival
From modest beginnings in 1983 as a three-concert series, the OK MOZART Festival has grown over the past years to become one of the leading summer music festivals in the country, ranked on a par with the Aspen Music Festival, New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival and San Francisco’s Midsummer Mozart Festival — quite an accomplishment for a small town of 35,000 in the heartland of America.
In 1983 Ransom Wilson and the orchestra he founded made a performance stop in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Here, the musicians found a charming, cosmopolitan town with a magnificent performing arts center that held one of the finest concert halls in the country. The OK MOZART Festival was born of this fortunate discovery.
Wilson was so impressed with the near-perfect acoustics of the Bartlesville Community Center that he made a proposal to start an annual classical music festival in Bartlesville. With local partnership consisting of colleague Nan Buhlinger, a Bartlesville musician, several community leaders and the Bartlesville Community Center Trust Authority, his idea was implemented and OK MOZART was founded in 1985.
The premier season was enthusiastically acclaimed, and in the ensuing years the Festival has grown expansively, last year playing host to more than 22,000 visitors from 33 states and several foreign countries, resulting in an annual economic impact of $7 million to this region.
Ransom Wilson served as the Artistic Director of the Festival for 21 seasons. Currently OKM Festival veteran, Adria Benjamin, Amici New York violinist, serves as Orchestra Artistic Director and Paul Neubauer, an acclaimed violist, serves as Chamber Music Artistic Director.
Today, OK MOZART is led by Executive Director Shane Jewell, an innovative arts administrator who has taken the OK MOZART Festival to a new level. In addition to building upon the success of offering three distinct series of entertainment options, the 2011 OK MOZART Festival introduces the new OKC Series featuring a Grand Finale Encore with Joshua Bell.
“As we prepare to celebrate OK MOZART’s 27th Anniversary it is amazing to reflect on how far this annual Festival has come,” Jewell notes. “From its inaugural year as a three-day event, to the full-fledged ten-day Festival of today, OK MOZART remains one of Oklahoma’s most cherished cultural assets. The 2011 Festival marks our 27th season of bringing world-class musicians and concert artists to Bartlesville and now the Oklahoma City area for an internationally recognized event like none other in the region.”
Most important, Jewell adds, is the return of OKM’s resident orchestra, Amici New York, whose artists will perform Saturday evening’s “Sublime Strings”, The Wednesday night “Wiley Post” World Premier, Friday night’s Woolaroc Outdoor Concert and the much-anticipated Grand Finale, “An Evening with Joshua Bell”. “We are thrilled they will be joining us along with Paul Neubauer’s Classical All Stars Chamber Ensemble with members of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.”
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.