OK Mozart Festival 2017 features 2 world premieres, new genres

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — The OK Mozart Music Festival has delivered on its promise of a revitalized 2017 festival with a knockout lineup of classical performers as well as the addition of new music genres.

“This season is filled with excitement and a little something for everyone,” said Mary Lynn Mihm-Howk, chairman of the OK Mozart Board of Directors. “We have scheduled diverse, highly-acclaimed musical talent for residents and visitors alike to enjoy classical, jazz, blues, rock and other mixed genres.”

The nine-day festival, planned June 8-16, kicks off Thursday evening with a street concert featuring the 145th Army Band, followed by western blues band Honey Blue, which is free to the public. Later that evening, “High Stakes” cowboy crooner Michael Martin Murphey performs at the Bartlesville Community Center accompanied by the world-class Bartlesville Symphony Orchestra.

On June 9, the harmony-rich sound of Wilson Phillips, a vocal trio comprised of sisters Carnie and Wendy Wilson and Chynna Phillips, comes to the BCC. Classically trained, golden-voiced Chris Mann, who starred in “The Phantom of the Opera” in its recent tour, takes to the BCC stage on June 10 accompanied by the Bartlesville Symphony.

On the afternoon of June 11, the festival is honored to present the world premiere of composer Jerod Tate’s Muscogee Hymn Suite, commissioned and performed by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. That evening, enjoy a Concert Under the Stars with entertainment by jazz band Mojo at Sooner Park.

Chamber music, always popular with OK Mozart fans, will be held June 12-15 in Ambler Hall, featuring the

exciting Miró Quartet, and Oklahoma’s own Brightmusic Society with Trio Solari. The world premiere of the Joseph F. Tyldesley composition, “Homage to Haydn,” will be performed by the Trio, who also commissioned the piece.

On June 13, hear the inspirational Burchfield Brothers perform at First Baptist Church.

Then on June 16, head out to Woolaroc and enjoy Disney classics performed by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, followed by fireworks over the lake.

A full spectrum of Showcase events is planned, including children’s activities. Enjoy folk and jazz entertainment at the Price Tower, and a tribute to Gershwin by Those 2!, among others.

There is plenty more on tap, and tickets will be offered starting April 10 through the Bartlesville Community Center, www.bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com.


About OKM

The OK Mozart Music Festival celebrates all genres of music and is planned June 8-16 in Bartlesville. The 33rd annual festival also includes Showcase Events that feature additional musical groups, educational programs and children’s activities. For information, visit www.okmozart.com.