OK Mozart presents Dr. Robert Conway in Ambler Hall Concert Series
Tulsa native slated May 22
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — OK Mozart presents noted pianist Dr. Robert Conway on May 22 as the final concert of the Amber Hall Spring 2016 Concert Series. Doors will open just before 12:30 p.m. for a catered lunch including burgers, chips, veggies, buns and secret sauces from Weeze’s — all included in the $17.50 concert ticket price! Dr. Conway will perform at 2 p.m. and the concert will last just under an hour. Ambler Hall is located at 415 S. Dewey Ave., in Bartlesville.
Conway’s concert will be built around an “architectural” theme, including several compositions closely tied to Bartlesville. The Tulsa native will open with three Etudes by French composer Claude Debussy, followed by three pieces written by the free-thinking architect Bruce Goff, who made a huge statement locally with several one-of-a-kind homes and structures.
The Goff compositions will fittingly receive an Oklahoma premiere inside the newly renovated Ambler Hall, designed by Bartlesville-based Ambler Architects.
“Goff once said that the greatest artist in history in any medium was French composer Claude Debussy. The Etudes I am performing focus on musical intervals, which are the building blocks of how music is constructed,” said Conway.
Conway, who provides private instruction as an associate professor of piano at Wayne State University, will conclude the concert with “Pictures at an Exhibition” by the innovative Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky.
“The Mussorgsky work is a tribute to his friend, the artist and architect Victor Hartmann. I felt that the architectural theme was appropriate to performing in Ambler Hall,” Conway explained.
For nearly 30 years, Conway has performed regularly as orchestral keyboardist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, he played the solo piano part to Symphony No. 4 by Charles Ives in New York City’s Carnegie Hall.
Conway’s interest in piano music was ignited in the 1960s during the British Invasion rock and pop phenomenon. He studied piano and trumpet and sang in church choirs before deciding upon a music career as a high school junior.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Conway has performed concertos with many orchestras, collaborated with prestigious composers, given countless premieres and is featured on several recordings on numerous labels.
He describes his most rewarding musical experience as the month he spent touring as an Artistic Ambassador for the United States in south Asia and the Middle East. He especially enjoyed visiting Sri Lanka, Nepal and Jordan.
“The opportunity to present American music to audiences in distant lands, as well as the cultural exchange with musicians from other countries was very inspiring to me,” said Conway.
Tickets are available for $17.50 at okmozart.com, eventbrite.com, or by calling 918-336-9800. FREE parking for Ambler Hall is available in the lot on the north side of the building.
OK Mozart: Oklahoma’s Premier Music Festival
The OK Mozart International Festival brings classical and crossover concerts each summer to Bartlesville. This 32nd season, June 11-18, presents Oklahoma artists along with favorites Catherine Russell, Anne-Marie McDermott and the Mirć String Quartet.
Funding is made possible through the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid-America Arts Alliance and individual, corporate and foundation patrons. For more information on the festival, visit www.okmozart.com.