…featuring Oklahoma orchestras with renowned crossovers, guest artist, and chamber music.


BARTLESVILLE, OK – OK Mozart International Festival is pleased to announce the talented lineup for the 2016 OK Mozart Festival, held June 11-18 in Bartlesville.  Performers were officially announced at the 2016 Launch Party, held last Thursday at the Bartlesville Community Center. OK Mozart’s Executive Director, Randy Thompson announced lineup and theme “Mozart and His Musical Heirs.”  Thompson continued, “I think you will agree that our festival is still great. I think it’s going to be even greater.”


Saturday, June 11, opening day events at Prairie Song Pioneer Village in Dewey include a 1 mile and 5K fun run; Corky Davis & Cowboy Swing; Ad Lib Singers; trick roping, falconry, and sheep dog demos; a magician, and more! In addition, Adam & Kizzie – a favorite duo out of Oklahoma City – will perform at 6 p.m. at the Bartlesville Community Center.


Sunday, June 12 features Tulsa’s Signature Symphony, with conductor Andrés Franco, performing “A Musical Voyage from the Americas to Europe” including music of Peru from the “Coleccion de musica virreinal,” Mozart’s “Six German Dances,” Strauss’s overture to “The Gypsy Baron” and Brahms’s “Symphony No. 4.” The OK Mozart College All-State Orchestra will also be featured.


Monday, June 13 features the Signature Symphony Dance Band at “A Gala Ballroom Dance” a formal fundraising event at Hillcrest Country Club, honoring the champions of the festival, the John Mihm family.  Gala tickets are $150 per person.


Tuesday, June 14 features the genre-hopping Simply Three comprised of Glen McDaniel, violin; Zack Clark, cello; and Nicholas Villalobos, bass.  Simply Three has been captivating audiences worldwide playing a variety of music from Puccini, Gershwin, Adele, Coldplay and Michael Jackson.


Wednesday, June 15 features The Tulsa Symphony with conductor Daniel Hege performing “Classical Gold — Visionary Masterpieces” with guest clarinetist David Carter playing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Beethoven’s “Egmont” Overture and “Pastoral” Symphony No. 6.


Thursday, June 16 features Grammy Award-winning Catherine Russell.  Born to pioneering jazz parents and with legendary influences such as Louis Armstrong and David Bowie, Catherine Russell is music royalty.  The Wall Street Journal describes her as “one of the outstanding singers of our time.” Reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald and Etta James, Russell is sure to be a festival favorite.


The traditional Woolaroc concert will be held on Friday, June 17 at dusk at Clyde Lake at Woolaroc Wildlife Preserve and will feature the Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra and Lauren Green, conductor, with guest artists Caitlyn Caughell & Kenned Caughell.  $25 for adults, children 14 and under are free.


Saturday, June 18 features the Grand Finale Concert “A Return Voyage from Europe to the Americas” performed by the Tulsa Symphony. Selections include Mozart’s Overture to “La clemenza di Tito,” Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” Symphony No. 5, Arturo Marquez’ “Danzon” No. 2 and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” featuring Anne-Marie McDermott, pianist.


Throughout the week, chamber music fans will appreciate double the chamber music offering compared to last year’s festival.  OK Mozart is also pleased to announce the chamber music will be held in Ambler Hall, Bartlesville’s newest acoustic venue which was constructed as a traditional, intimate chamber music hall. Festival favorites Miró Quartet and members of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Brightmusic will be featured.


In addition to the main events and chamber music series, 90+ showcase and cultural events as well as “Especially for Kids” events will be offered throughout the week.


At the Launch Party, OK Mozart’s Marketing & Public Relations Director Lizabeth Rolfson announced additional new collaborations for 2016 with Oklahoma Educational Television Association (OETA) and the Tulsa Girls Art School, who will have artwork available for sale in the Lyon Gallery at the Bartlesville Community Center throughout the week-long event.


Season tickets go on sale to the public on Feb. 8 with pricing ranging from $75 to $195. Single tickets and showcase event tickets go on sale to the public on Feb. 15. For more information on ticket pricing and event details, please visit okmozart.com or call 918-336-9800.


About the OK Mozart Festival

For the past 32 years, the OK Mozart Festival has taken place each June in Bartlesville, and is made possible through the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, Mid-America Arts Alliance, ConocoPhillips, Phillips66, the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits and individual, corporate and foundation patrons throughout the USA. For more information on the festival, visit okmozart.com.