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OKM Music Announces Festival Launch for 2020

Posted: February 24, 2020

            BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (Feb. 21, 2019) – The OKM Music Festival is entering its 36th year as Oklahoma’s premier classical music festival. From June 12-18, 2020, Bartlesville will enjoy classical and multi-genre entertainment from performers around the world, free concerts from Oklahoma musicians, and free children’s events and performances throughout the week. OKM’s 2020 Festival lineup has now been released, and tickets can be purchased online for a 10% discount through March 6th.

            Highlights of the upcoming festival season include a return favorite: Canadian Brass, who will be performing at Woolaroc on Friday, June 12. Canadian Brass is one of the most recognized and recorded brass ensembles in the world. Their last performance stop in Bartlesville was during the 2015 OKM Festival, and they quickly became a fan favorite. “Canadian Brass has been a longtime favorite of OKM,” said Mary Lynn Mihm, Chairman of the Board. “We’re thrilled to have them back.”

            Other highlighting artists include Dallas String Quartet, who have performed classical crossover hits for several United States presidents, the College Football Playoff, and NBA and NFL organizations. Tina Guo, another classical crossover artist, will also make a performance stop in Bartlesville. Tina is one of the most recorded cellists of all time, and can be heard on such Blockbuster hits as Wonder Woman, the 2019 Lion King, Dunkirk, Inception, and more, as well as orchestra appearances across the globe.

            Fans of Beethoven know that 2020 marks the famous composer’s 250th birthday, and as such the Festival with boast performances of his works from Verona Quartet, Yi-Nuo Wang, and the OU Symphony Orchestra. In addition to Beethoven, pieces from Dvořák, Rachmaninoff, Ligeti, Bartók, and Brahms will also be performed.

            On June 16, Grady Nichols, a celebrated Oklahoma jazz saxophonist, will perform a “concert under the stars” at the Frank Phillips Home lawn. Other jazz performers include The Clark Gibson Quintet, and a special Frank Sinatra-style performance from jazz vocalist and trumpet player Jeff Shadley.

            The upcoming Tower Center at Unity Square will play host to the Festival’s finale concert on June 18th. While the finale has historically been at Woolaroc, OKM has special plans for 2020. “This year the Festival will have its opening concert at Woolaroc, and we’re pleased to say that the finale will be at the brand new Unity Square,” said Brittney Berling, Director of Development and PR. “This will be a totally free concert to celebrate the new community space. Unity Square is going to be a Bartlesville treasure, and we want to show it off.” OKM assures patrons that the Woolaroc concert will be the same as always – including food trucks, fireworks, and activities for kids. “We just get to celebrate Woolaroc at the beginning of the Festival, rather than the end,” said Berling. As for the performer? OKM will be bringing the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the year and 13-time award winning bluegrass group, Balsam Range. Balsam Range has 8 critically acclaimed albums, and has hit the top 10 Billboard charts for both bluegrass and classical crossover. “It’s going to be a great concert, and we hope the entire community comes out to celebrate with us,” said Berling.

           In addition to the main stage concerts, OKM hosts free performances all throughout the week, including performances by the Ad Lib Singers, Oklahoma Strings Quartet, Ryan & Ryan piano duo, and local pianist Keeli Droege. Kid’s activities include special kids-only performances from Tina Guo and Yi-Nuo Wang, and Verona Quartet will be providing a Master Class for older students. In addition, magic shows, storytelling, and music activities will be available all throughout the week.

For a complete list of events, times, and locations, visit okmmusic.org, or call 918-336-9900.



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