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OKM Music Festival features Country Fest, Concert Under the Stars, Chamber Series, Woolaroc

Posted: May 31, 2018

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (May 23, 2018) - Bartlesville’s long-running music festival is 34-years-old, and organizers have prepared a special celebration from June 9-15. The music explosion includes a three-band Country Fest, a Concert Under the Stars, a Chamber Series and the beloved Woolaroc concert. Several free Showcase concerts and plenty of children’s activities ensure there is something for the whole family.

“We are so pleased to announce our new brand during this festival season: ‘It’s more than classical, it’s OKM,’” said Mary Lynn Mihm, OKM Music board chairwoman. “This festival offers a multi-genre, multi-venue, and community collaborative experience that will appeal to many. OKM is collaborating with local youth organizations to further music education and outreach for our youth. We are also donating a portion of our proceeds to our veterans by partnering with the Coffee Bunker.”

Concert prices range from $10 to $35 for general-admission tickets and $50 to $75 for VIP tickets. VIP to Country Fest and Concert Under the Stars means reserved parking and seating plus a photo with the artists. VIP to Woolaroc includes reserved seating and parking. Tickets are available at www.okmmusic.org/festival.

Planned activities include:

  • June 9 — Saddle up the family and head to Silver Lake Farm and Garden for OKM’s Country Fest. Beginning at 4 p.m., enjoy a variety of food choices, a wine and beer garden, children’s activities and browse the craft booths. Local country radio station KRIG will broadcast live from the event. Three country bands kick up the excitement with the Brent Giddens Band, Lucas Hoge and headliner Parker McCollum. A portion of proceeds benefits the veterans resource, the Coffee Bunker.
  • June 10 ­— What could be more relaxing than a Concert Under the Stars at Sooner Park Bandshell? At 5 p.m. join Sons of Serendip ­— a jazzy-pop ensemble of four friends who share a passion for music — as they inspire the audience with their story and talent. Food and a wine-beer garden will complete the experience. West-side children’s programs benefit from this event.  
  • June 11-15 — Classical music is the backbone of the 34-year-old festival, and this year’s chamber artists bring something for everyone. From June 11-13, enjoy the Miró String Quartet, pianist Katie Mahan and wind quintet WindSync in Ambler Hall. On June 14, Miró performs at the Tulsa Planetarium, and on June 15, enjoy a brown-bag lunch while listening to the electrifying Miró at the Kathleen P. Westby Pavilion at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
  • June 15 — Bring a picnic dinner and lawn chairs to Woolaroc’s Clyde Lake for the finale featuring the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra performing great western movie themes. Opening acts include the Delaware Tribe, Children’s Musical Theatre alums and OKM Conservatory students. Come early for children’s activities, giveaways and vendor booths. Fireworks cap the evening’s festivities. A limited-seating bus will leave the OKM parking lot at 5 p.m. Call the office at 918-336-9900 to reserve a seat.

Several free Showcase concerts bring even more diversity to the festival. From June 11-14 in various church venues, delight in the Ad Lib Singers, pianist Wade Daniels, guitarist Doug Simpson, the Bartlesville Youth Chorus, an organ concert, and a look at how music evokes emotion.

Youth outreach is an integral part of OKM Music, and this festival brings mostly free children’s programming. Scheduled are guitar techniques, Doug & Pam’s Tribute to Gershwin, music and story time, magician-ventriloquist, Princess Tea, violin adventures, puppets, and line dancing. OKM is collaborating with the Salvation Army on a Summer Conservatory following the festival.

OKM Music aims to enrich the community with life-enhancing musical experiences and inspire youth who may then go on to pursue careers in music. With help from its patrons, local businesses and the Oklahoma Arts Council, OKM brings year-round music and outreach to Bartlesville.

For a complete list of events, times and locations, visit www.okmmusic.org


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