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Sound f Success THE OK MOZART MUSIC FESTIVAL TAKES INNOVATIVE STEPS TO GROW OKLAHOMA ARTISTS FROM GRADE SCHOOL THROUGH COLLEGE AND BEYOND TO BECOME PROFESSIONAL MUSICIANS.
y Hannah Gray Gordo For 33 years, the OK Mozart Music Festival has been a treasured staple among Oklahoma’s numerous attractions, featuring nine days of some of the finest orchestras, classical and crossover musicians. The event began in 1985 as the brainchild of conductor Ransom Wilson and musician Nan Buhlinger with a mission to provide educational outreach for local students in addition to enriching the quality of life for patrons and
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the community. Together they launched an attraction that has become one of Oklahoma’s premiere music festivals. This year the festival has expanded to include a diverse selection of musical styles, including classical, jazz, pop, Broadway and more. The festival takes innovative steps to grow Oklahoma artists from grade school through college and beyond to become professional musicians. Country crooner Michael Martin Murphey will get things going June 8 at the Bartlesville Community Center with a concert accompanied by the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra. He is known for songs like “Wildfire,” “Still
MIRO QUARTET Taking Chances,” and “What’s Forever For.” Performances by the 145th Street Band and Honey Blue should also dazzle audiences. Honey Blue is known for their album Broken Places. On June 9, Wilson Phillips joins OKM for the first time. With hits such as “Hold On” and “Release Me,” Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson (daughters of Beach Boy Brian Wilson) and Chynna Phillips (daughter of the Mamas & the Papas’ John and Michelle Phillips) will offer a harmonyrich performance that will pull from their Grammy-nominated debut album that sold over 10 million copies in the 1990s. Chris Mann, who performed in the Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera, should delight audiences with Broadway favorites June 10. A graduate of NBC’s The Voice under the wing of Christina Aguilera, the classically trained singer has topped the Billboard charts ever since. He will also be accompanied by the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra. His current album, Roads, is available, with a new album, Urban Songbook, coming soon and more projects in the wings.
The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra will perform an afternoon classical concert June 11 featuring the premiere of Jerod Tate’s “Muscogee Hymn Suite,” with lyrics sung by the Tulsa Children’s Chorus and baritone soloist Grant Youngblood. A member of the Chickasaw Nation, Tate revamped the songs and added orchestration to bring new life to traditional songs. That evening, the OKC Festival is hosting a free concert at Sooner Park. Entertainment will be provided by the Oklahoma
MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY Jazz Hall of Fame, featuring the Modern Oklahoma Jazz Orchestra (MOJO). Listeners are invited to bring their own beer and wine or purchase from a cash bar and enjoy food offered by food trucks while lounging on blankets under the stars. Ambler Hall is proud to host chamber music June 12-15, with four performances from the